There are many occasions when we feel that we are far from God, bogged down, or even depressed during our life and walk with Christ. As a matter of fact, I feel this way quite frequently, and it is met with the thoughts of utter failure, and worthlessness and a host of other lowly feelings. Today I was in such a place, and out of the blue on the radio a women was discussing this very matter, and it was clear to me that the Lord was telling me that He is closer than I could ever possibly imagine and that I am NOT condemned.
What is condemnation:
Condemnation is not from the Lord, but is from Satan, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17, John 12:47). Condemnation is meant to point out your failures, and flaws without a resolution, and without the solution to the issues. It is plain to say that when there is an issue noticed, the prudent thing to do is to think of a solution, and only when that is reasoned within your mind do you reveal what you have an issue with, Satan does not operate in this fashion, but rather seeks to destroy us, and steal the joy found in Christ (John 10:10). Satan and his entire purpose is to accuse the brethren (Revelation 12:10). You will never hear Jesus condemn you because “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)
What is conviction:
Biblical, and Godly conviction is known as “Godly sorrow” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). We know that sorrow produced by the word of God, and the truth conveyed through His Spirit causes us to be grieved, yet not without solution. Condemnation says “you failure, look at this mess, you call yourself a christian?” while conviction says “come to me, I forgive you, we will walk together, I love you, you are not hopeless”. Our great God has a burning desire to be compassionate with us, be gracious to us, love us, and He is immeasurably patient with us, almost to the point of confusion because of how sinful and wicked we are, (Isaiah 30:18, 2 Peter 3:9). This however is not remarkable because of us, but is instead remarkable because of how merciful He is to us.
His closeness to us:
All people are searching for God, especially those who do not know Him, or believe in His Son, and are doing this without their knowing. All of creation (trees, animals, plants, rocks, the earth and humans) groans for Him (Romans 8:22). There is emptiness within those who are not children of God, that is filled with pleasures empty in themselves, and unable to have any lasting effect beyond the experience itself. Our God however tells us that:
“he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us”
God has purposed every aspect of our lives, in order for us to recognize Him, from the creation around us, to the truth He has engraved within us. While we feel condemned we do indeed grope for him, feeling our way in the dark for Him, and yet with clarity we see that He is there, closer than our very breathe and we don’t need to feel, blindly for Him, He is here ready to forgive and love and guide us, and convict us with His Spirit for our own maturity and good.
Condemnation tells you what the problem is, whats wrong with you (sin, your past, your failures), While Conviction tells you the answer (the blood of Christ that has washed away every sin, and all our shame).
The devil is our adversary, and until the day of Christ’s return or we die and meet Him in glory, we will be burdened by the world, and surrounded by sin, but we must have the ability to recognize the schemes of satan, from the forgiveness of the Father, and run to Jesus for the strength and grace He provides. The Spirit will fight your flesh for you, and will pray for you, so rely on Him who has defeated the grave.
we pray “Come Lord Jesus”
Grace and Peace.