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No Condemnation

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What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:31–34

Pain

If there was another way, we would choose it. Pain gets our attention, it causes us to focus.  It gets difficult to bear so we look for a way out.  We will do anything to get rid of it.  We seek to change our circumstances:   a new job, a new house, a new spouse. If these circumstances were different, then maybe we would be pain free, maybe we would have peace in the absence of the present pain.

The problem is the pain follows us.  It follows us into the next job, the next house, the next spouse.  So we try to numb it; we get busy, really busy.  We hurry and rush, so we don’t have to stop and feel… feel all that pain.

We stuff it in our backpacks, only to carry the heavy load for a few more years. Then yet again we will be forced to unpack it and try to figure out what to do with it.

This path of brokenness places us so close to getting the thing that we need. The very thing that God is trying to work into our character is through brokenness. In refusing to face the pain, we just keep going; going our own way.

Proverbs 27:12

“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

Cheryl’s Story

Finding peace with the battle taking place in your thoughts. #battleforthemind

In the Court Room

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God often uses the things of this world to open my eyes to the things of His Kingdom.  Today was one such day.

Being married is an adventure…. being married to a lawyer takes the adventure to an entirely new level.  My husband is quite possibly the smartest man I know and his knowledge of his craft is fascinating to me.  I rely on him for good counsel on many more occasions than I even realize and I trust his judgment for our family and for our lives.

John writes to us from his Revelation… “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of the brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.”  Revelation 12:10

There’s a courtroom where the Judge doesn’t reside from a bench but rather from a Throne!  Our God resides in all authority over heaven and earth and His judgments are righteous, they are just, they are holy and they are final.  Can you see Him?  He’s not wringing His hands wondering what He’ll decide or how He’ll rule on any case brought before Him!  The One in authority never flinches when a case is brought in to Him.  But who does He allow to bring accusations to His throne?  Satan.

He’s called the “accuser of the brethren”.  When is this accuser allowed to present his claims against us?  “Day and night”.  Where are we?  Back here on earth, out of earshot of the actual accusation, but feeling its evil effects nonetheless.

Does the Judge know who He’s listening to?  Does He actually allow this accuser to stand before Him and even speak in His presence?

As I look from my elementary perspective at the scene of this courtroom I’m anxious and overwhelmed at the whole thing!  There are knots in my stomach because in the deepest part of me I wonder if the accusations might have some validity.  Could those things he’s saying actually be true?  Will my relationship with the Judge be tarnished because of the accusations?  How can I defend myself?

All these thoughts led me to call on my husband for a more clear perspective.  I asked him about people that go into courtrooms to represent themselves on their own behalf.  He explained to me that it happens sometimes and, depending on the judge, there’s some leniency with regard to these “pro se” defendants.  They are allowed to present their case and defend their position in the court without the guidance of legal counsel, but the rules of order and the traditions of the court are often not held to such strict or high standards for many of those choosing to come before the judge pro se.

Sadly, the other lawyers in the room often have an unspoken opinion of those who choose this path for themselves.  A couple of different ideas become evident:  either the affiant has exhausted all his other options for legal counsel and no lawyer will represent him; or, in his arrogant estimation of his own abilities he’s decided he can “play the part” of legal counsel without having been formally trained to do so.

My husband also clarified that for criminal cases where the gravity of the outcome of the case is so great, the pro se affiant must undergo strict counseling, mental examinations, and would be held to a stricter guideline.  I can’t begin to imagine standing before a judge facing consequences ranging from complete freedom to the penalty of death with only my own counsel to defend me!  All would surely be lost.

This morning I tell you that I am free!  The anxious thoughts are gone and the knots have been loosed!  I’ve seen the other side of the courtroom.  I have counsel!!  I have a representative!  And His name is Jesus!!  The debt I owe has been paid in full and the Judge has dropped His gavel and pronounced me “Free”!

This morning I am able to sit quietly at the feet of my Savior, the One who represents me “day and night” and who pleads my case for me.  The Judge doesn’t wring His hands over my case because its already been settled!  He knows what I do not know.  He sees what I cannot see.  The accusations of the liar do not cause His robe of righteousness to tremble or shake.  My Judge doesn’t look to me for truth, He is the truth.  He doesn’t look to me for a good defense on my own behalf, He looks to His own Son who willingly paid the punishment that was surely coming to me.  What does the Judge see when He looks at me?  He sees an overcomer!

“And they overcame him {the accuser of the brethren} because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death”.  Revelation 12:11

Written by Rhonda Walters

The Me You See is the Me You’ll Be – Dr. Adrian Rogers

This message aired on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Ministry broad cast recently.  Dr. Adrian Rogers was a well loved and respected man of God.  Listen to this message from 1997 where Dr. Rogers preaches on our new identity in Christ. mirror

Click HERE to Listen.

SUMMARY

– Grace is God’s acceptance of us.

-Faith is our acceptance of God’s acceptance of us.

-Peace is our acceptance of us.

-Love is our acceptance of others.

-Fellowship is others’ acceptance of us.

-This all begins with and grows from the grace of God and ultimately allows us to love and fellowship with others.  If we don’t realize and accept what God has already done, then we can’t love ourselves, and therefore, we can’t love others.

Disciple App

Check out the disciple app from Freedom in Christ Ministries (UK).  This is an incredible resource that brings the teachings and concepts of Freedom in Christ together in one place. Some of the resources are:

  • A Stronghold-buster tool to help in renewing your mind
  • A Truth Encounters List
  • The Freedom In Christ Daily Devotional (by Neil Anderson)

All of this is available for free!  It also gives you access to three Starter Films and 3 Extra Teaching Films (It’s $1.99 to unlock all the additional films).

>> Download for Android from the Google Play Store.

>> Download for IOS from the Apple Store.

A New Class Begins in Januray

Session 9 – Forgiving from the Heart

Bitterness is at the root of so much bondage in our relationship with family, friends, neighbors, churches and even God.  The Christian faith is based on God forgiving us through the work of his son Jesus Christ.  We live forgiven and we forgive to live.  When we stop forgiving others we will loose our joy and start to live in the darkness of bitterness and depression.Session 09

Session 8- Handling Emotions Well

Our emotions are a product of what we believe.  Anxiety, Depression, Fear, and Anger are are fruits of our beliefs.  If we are stuck in bondage to any of these, we must change what we think about and how we think. Romans 12:2

Session 08

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