“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
How much condemnation is there for those who are in Christ Jesus? None!
Your commitment to these 30 for 30s is not to bring condemnation to you if you don’t them perfectly. They are only for your edification not your condemnation! They are to build you up, not tear you down.
Satan is so insidious. I guarantee you he hasn’t been talking to you about the days that you have prayed and read the Word. No way! He will only talk to you about the days that you haven’t. Or that you didn’t do it for the full thirty minutes. Or that only doing it for thirty minutes isn’t good enough. Or that you aren’t doing it right. Should I go on?
Satan is the “accuser of our brothers and sisters…” (Revelation 12:10) while Jesus is the “Author and Finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
What is the difference between conviction and condemnation?
Conviction is the Holy Spirit telling your heart that what you are doing is wrong and that you should turn around and walk in the path of life – and He gives you the strength and strategy to do it! He is your Helper.
Condemnation, on the other hand, tells you that what you are doing is wrong, that you are a scumbag, and that there is no future for you – no hope. The picture is of an abandoned, dilapidated house that has yellow tape across the front and a note on the door that says, “CONDEMNED”. The future of that house is to be torn down.
When Jesus corrects, He never condemns. He only convicts you in hopes that you will turn around and begin walking in the right direction so He can continue building you up into the person He has destined you to be.
One of the best examples of this in the Bible is when Jesus was teaching in the temple and the religious leaders threw a woman down at his feet who had just been caught in the act of adultery. Now there is no getting around that. She is guilty! But what did Jesus do?
First, Jesus got rid of the shamers.
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7
At that point they all dropped their rocks and walked out. Then it goes on to say,
“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.’” John 8:10-12
Jesus did not condemn her, but He did tell her to stop doing what she was doing and to follow Him.
Satan wants to tear you down.
Jesus wants to build you up!
Jesus wants to renovate and transform you from day to day, and He will continue doing that, not matter what, until you see Him face to face.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT
God is doing a good work in you. You are in process – under construction – and one day He will finish His masterpiece.
These 30 for 30s are simply a tool to help you partner with God in that good work. You are setting aside time to talk to Him, to pour your heart out to Him. You are also giving Him time to talk to you, to encourage you, to strengthen you, and to give you His wisdom for your life.
I usually give this encouragement when we are half-way through a 30 for 30 because I know how the enemy works. By this time you will have heard him tell you how many days, hours, minutes you haven’t sought God. That is not the voice of Jesus. Jesus will remind you of how many days you have sought Him.
Only listen to the voice of Jesus.
THINK ABOUT IT
- Has the devil been condemning you for not doing your 30 for 30 every day? Why are you listening to him? His is your accuser. Listen to Jesus. He is your encourager!
- How has learning the difference between “conviction” and “condemnation” helped you?
- Will you ask the Holy Spirit today to give you discernment between the voice of the enemy and the voice of Jesus? If you will, you will experience a tremendous amount of freedom as you seek God.