What is Condemnation?

Ephesians 1:20-22

God raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet…

Ephesians 2:6-7

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus

Take some time and imagine the holiness, protection, authority, confidence, riches, and perfection of Jesus in Ephesians 1…

Any thought or belief about yourself that contradicts what you just imagined is condemnation!

“I’ll never afford that / I’ll be financially secure when I save this much or make this much”

“I’m not smart enough / I’m too slow”

“I’m going to get sick if I’m around that person / what can I take or do to prevent this disease”

“I’ll be successful when I get that corner office / I’ve made it now”

“I’ve got to learn to live with this condition / I have this disease”

“I need this in my life”

All these thoughts are rooted in fear and produce restrictions in our lives. We will only go as far as our comfort allows. Jesus did not die for you to be comfortable! He died for us to live life to the fullest!

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

Now go back to Ephesians 2…Just as you imagined Jesus a second ago, so are you in this world (1 John 4:17)

The gift of no condemnation frees us from the power of sin…And in general sin can be defined as anything OUTSIDE of who we are in Christ.

Jesus died to give us limitless living in Him! Don’t receive the condemnation from the enemy and experience no boundaries in your life!

A few things to note about condemnation…

1) It can be defined as the confident expectation of bad things happening.

2) It is the deepest root cause of EVERY problem in your life.

3) It is the strength of sin in your life.

4) It is the key way the devil wants to attack you (the accuser of the brethren).

5) God is not on the wavelength of condemnation. Condemning thoughts are NOT from the Holy Spirit. God sees you in Christ (perfect, holy, blameless, accepted). The Holy Spirit is pointing you to who you are in Christ.

If condemning thoughts are not dealt with they can become beliefs in your heart. See an area of your life that does not match up with the resurrected person of Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where you believed the lie contrary to The resurrected life of Jesus. Let Him show you what the truth of that looks like in Christ, deal with the lie, and send it away (see 1 John 3:20). Keep that truth on your mind until it settles in your heart. The Holy Spirit will lead you and supernaturally transform you into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18)!

2 Corinthians 8:9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”


A few weeks ago I woke up one morning to pay some bills and get caught up with our personal finances.  I realized that we had some large annual bills coming up, it was anniversary week, materials that we needed to get for remodeling our front porch, plus we were about to pay for IUI out of pocket because insurance didn’t cover it.  I was starting to stress about all this because we were so close to our savings goal for the year, and it looked like I was going to have to take our savings for the month to help with all these costs.  In the middle of my stress I heard the Holy Spirit ask me, “What do you trust more, a number in your bank account or me as your provider?”  Instantly 2 Corinthians 8:9 come to mind.  Wanting to get back to peace about things, I meditated on this verse and what the Holy Spirit had asked me in the shower that morning.  Then it clicked with me.  I was believing a lie!  I thought that if there was a certain amount of money in my savings account, I would be financially secure.  My trust was in my efforts, instead of seeing the finished work and trusting God as my provider.  I prayed this simple prayer…”Father no matter what I see in my account, and what bills are on the table, I know I am rich in Christ (2 Cor 8:9).  You are with me and I will prosper (Gen 39:2).  I trust that you will provide!  Thank you Jesus for taking care of this at the cross!”  As this settled in my heart, I soon began to gain peace about the situation.


Talk about a promise manifesting…check this out….gave me a whole new perspective to 2 Corinthians 1:20!!!


The bank we have our credit cards with was bought out by a larger bank.  Before that acquisition took place, we had a lot of points built up with the previous bank.  We would use these points to get lowes/home depot gift cards for remodeling.  Well when the deal went through they didn’t transfer.  What a bummer!…So later that morning, after getting out of the shower, I get an email from the new bank that we have points available.  My thought was that it was the points we had built since the making purchases under the new bank.  Boy was I wrong.  I logged in to see almost 50,000 points.  All our points had finally transferred from the previous bank!  This afforded us to get $350 worth of home depot gift cards, which took care of the materials needed for the front porch.

I head on to work and get a call from Morgan.  She tells me that her employer gave her a $40 gift card to Chilis (our favorite restaurant)!  That covers our anniversary meal!

We recently switched insurance companies from State Farm to Farm Bureau.  Later on that week I find out that there is a $400 credit on our State Farm account that they would be sending us a check for!  That about covers all the annual bills that was coming up!

Early in the summer I put an add up on facebook marketplace to sell a desktop PC we had laying around not in use.  I honestly forgot about it…until someone messaged me this same week to buy it.  There was an extra $50!

In August we decided to take $500 out of our saving and invest in a stock with ETrade.  We figured that minimal gains was better than the half a percent we were seeing in the savings account.  That week all this was happening, that stock made an 8% gain!


What a provider!  God is so good!  We had never experienced anything like this.  We felt the love of our father like never before in this area of our lives.  S



Complete In Christ

Colossians 2:9-10

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”


In my opinion, this is the most powerful truth and revelation of the gospel!  When you said yes to Jesus, your struggling self died at the cross.  You were then resurrected into the perfect likeness of Jesus Christ.  A new creation (2 Cor 5:17).  Adam made you a sinner (incomplete) / Jesus made you righteous (complete).  Now we live in a fallen world, and may not have a resurrected body yet, but that doesn’t change this truth!  Your position is still the same, seated at the right hand of God (Eph 2:6).  Walk in this high position by faith (Col 2:6).  Manifestation is attracted to a soul that holds fast to this truth (Rom 8:11/2 Cor 3:18).  See the finished work in your life!  Keep your eye on Jesus and experience peace.


Check out this video below by Joseph Prince, from his sermon “The Finish Line Is Your Starting Post”…

Inner Rest / Outer Work

I think the biggest misunderstanding of the grace message is that if you preach grace and rest you will promote a bunch of lazy / carefree people.  I have to admit that when I first started hearing Joseph Prince say things like “the work is finished, don’t work rest, labor to enter the rest, the law demands grace supplies, “…I was thinking this sounded too good to be true.   I even had thoughts like this message aint for me, I am a hard working, back breaking, American worker!  But thank God the gospel IS good news (almost too good to be true, but it is).  I was captivated by these teachings though, and the Holy Spirit started to minister the true gospel of peace to me.


Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:10…

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

This is the man that (I believe) wrote to the Hebrews and said “Let us labor to enter rest.”  Yet from the verse above he worked harder than all the disciples?


John wrote this about Jesus in John 21:25…

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”

In Mathew 11 Jesus says, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light.”  What is up with that?  From the verse above it sounds like he was the busiest man in the world?


The Gospel of Peace is inner rest!  I am not minimizing the principle of the Sabbath.  We don’t need to work all the time.  Physical rest is a key part of a successful life.  I am all for a day off, or a long vacation to unwind / refresh / relax.  However, this post is about inner rest.

In a sermon on confidence in the finished works of Jesus, Creflo Dollar makes the following statement…

“Rest is the result of confidence in the finished works of Jesus.  A life full of rest produces joy.  And when you are operating in joy, it’s evidence that you are at peace!  I am truly convinced that a life full of inner rest is a life that will experience Christ manifest.”

Have you ever noticed that the days you are really busy, but you are stressed, that nothing seems to get done…You feel as tired as you are more should have been accomplished that day.  Then there are days when you have allot on your plate, you are happy / carefree, and it’s like you get in a flow and things are way more productive.  Looking back at the end of the day you are like, How did I get all that done?


Mathew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”


For me this week it was work.  I became worried about a job I was on.  Tuesday night when I left this jobsite it looked like we were going to overrun some material that was going to cost us approximately $10,000 to the bottom line of the job.  Stressed on the way to work Wednesday morning I prayed, “Father when I step on this job, I know it is blessed because Jesus is there!  I trust in you!  I know this job will be a success!  Give me grace, wisdom, and knowledge I need for the task at hand today.”  Finally I was getting back to a place of inner rest.  I had peace about the situation.  Mid morning something inside me (probably the Holy Ghost) told me to re-check my survey on the job.  It took me about an hour to re-set everything back up, take the shots, and do the math.  I had soon realized that I had originally measured a distance wrong and my survey was showing to put more material in than needed.  We corrected everything and what do you know…everything was dead on the money of what we estimated.  Thank you Holy Spirit!

The point I want to make here is that there was physical labor involved on my part, but it was lead by the Holy Spirit from a place of rest.  How cool.  God designed the gospel in way to make like fun.  There is no way I could have caught that on my own stressed out.


Seems like to me that the areas i worry the least about is the areas I am the most blessed.  It is like my worry constricts the flow of God’s grace.  I think it is because when I stress, its like saying…”God I got this, I know more about the situation than you, I need to work this out on my own.”  How ignorant and stupid is that.  I want the God of the universe working on my behalf all the time!


What are you stressed or worried about…your career, family, health, finances, school?  Are you experiencing peace and joy in these areas of your life?  If not, no worries, just look to the cross, and know you are righteous in Christ!

As a believer, if we are truly righteous (in right standing with God) in Christ (2 Cor 5:21), and we have been adopted into God’s family (Eph 1:5), we have a Father that loves us and wants to protect and provide for us.  Let that sink in!  Trust him!

God will work it in, and you will work it out!



How I Quit Smoking

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”


A few months ago I attended a conference in Georgia that Jim Richards and Clint Byars were doing on “Worth”.  That Sunday Jim preached at Clint’s church (Forward Church) and made a statement I had never heard before from a pulpit.

He said something to the nature of…

“Sin has no power over you because you are not under the law but under grace (Rom 6:14), and there is no condemnation in Christ (Rom 8:1), so approach God with boldness to receive grace when in need (Heb 4:16)…Be honest with God…Sometimes when caught deep in a sin, I will say…Father I have got myself into a mess, and I even like doing this sin, but it is leading to destruction.  I have tried, but I can’t overcome it on my own.  I need your help!  I need grace to overcome this sin.  I trust your Holy Spirit to take the sinful desire away and give me wisdom to see a better way!”

Man this hit home with me!  You mean to tell me that you tell God you like doing that sin Jim!  That is a little too honest.  He probably doesn’t want to hear that…Then I started to think about it some more.  First…You cant hide anything from God.  Second…If Jesus truly bore that sin on the cross, there truly is no condemnation from God for it, because Jesus was condemned for it.  So I can approach God with boldness!


So this was my prayer…

“Father I have tried to quit smoking for a long time now.  I will quit, then start back up…quit again, and start right back up.  I feel so much guilt and shame from this.  I am tired and frustrated, and feel defeated.  And to be completely honest, I like the feeling I get when smoking, but I know it is destroying my body.  I give up!  I am in need of grace to overcome this sin.  I trust your Holy Spirit to take the desire away from me, and show me a better way!”

I cant believe I just told God I liked smoking…but soon as I said amen something clicked in my heart.  I remember thinking this is not on me anymore, it is on you God.  For the first time, I did not put the burden on myself to quit cold turkey, but I trusted that He would take the desire away from me from the inside out (Heb 4:16).  A few hours later I had a cigarette.  I remember the feelings of guilt and shame creeping in…”Here we go again”…but I rejected those thoughts and said, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!”  I continued to smoke after that, but something was different, there was peace for the first time about it.  As I continued to trust God and receive no condemnation from the enemy, I began smoking less and less.  Then one day I realized that it had been a few days since I had last smoked.  I wasn’t even conscious of it.  Soon after that the taste of smoking was not as appealing as before.  Then days turned into weeks.  Before ya know it I didn’t even have a desire to smoke anymore.  It was like it just fell right off of me!

During this time the Holy Spirit was also teaching me how to rest instead of stress!  See I would always smoke at work due to the stress of my job.  As I was continually proclaiming my righteousness in Christ, I became more aware of God’s hand in my work life, as well as my career.  “The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man” (Gen 39:2) became a go to verse for me.  I just knew that he would work the things out that I was worried over.  This is the wisdom I had prayed for!  God dealt with the root of the problem and showed me a better way.  So to put the icing on the cake, last week I was offered a promotion from my current position of project manager to an area manager at the company I work.  This is a huge jump / opportunity.  I would be the youngest person in that position for the company.  After I settled down from all the excitement, it was like I heard God say, “Don’t worry, I got this.  Son, I love you!”


Folks, that is the power of the Gospel!  I remember hearing Joseph Prince say, “Holiness obtained by man’s efforts must be maintained by man’s efforts, but Holiness obtained by Christ will be maintained by Christ.”  When I tired to quit on my own, my efforts always failed me.  This time it was effortless on my part.  I don’t even think about cigarettes anymore.  Let all the praise and Glory be to God!


Struggling with a sin in your life?  See the finished work!  Know that your struggling self died at the cross and you have been resurrected into the victorious life of Jesus!  Don’t identify with that sin anymore, your true self is Jesus (sin free, righteous, holy, and blameless).  Ask yourself, “Does Jesus struggle with this sin???  then neither do I, because as He is so am I in this world” (1 John 4:17).  Results may not be instantaneous, but as you keep your eye on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will transform you from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).  Completely effortless on your part.  What love He has for us!!!



1 Corinthians 15:34

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God


Awake (eknepho) – to return to one’s self from drunkenness (the drunkenness of condemnation…this is not who you really are – you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21))


*Righteousness – God’s righteousness (through Christ) – not self righteousness (trying to keep the law)

*When you awake to righteousness you do not have to try not to sin, you will SIN NOT!  Holiness is a fruit of righteousness conscience.  Sin is a fruit of condemnation.

*Knowledge of God –  The knowledge of Jesus and what was accomplished through his death, burial, and resurrection.


Isaiah 54:9-10

“For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah Would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you.  For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.


Have you seen the whole earth flooded with water?  If you haven’t, God is not mad at you.  The promise He made to Noah is just a strong as the promise He made to you and me through his Jesus Christ our righteousness!


Lovingkindness (khehsed) – goodness / kindness / faithfullness (a person can be kind to a little child, but a mother has lovingkindness towards that child).


*The Gospel of Peace WILL NOT be shaken!  All God’s wrath was exhausted in the body of Jesus Christ.  Jesus bore the punishment for ALL our sins, and today God remembers them no more (Heb 10:17).

The Issue of Sin

How do you look at sin today as a believer?  Do you feel distant from God if you sin…do you feel like you have to ask for forgiveness from God when you do something wrong…do you think that bad things in your life are related to a sin in your past…do you continually confess your sins???  If any of these apply to you, take time to read through Hebrews 9 and 10, and know that you are forgiven of all your sins.  Jesus dealt with the issue of sin, once and for all, on the cross.

Hebrews 9:12 – And not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Hebrews 9:26 – Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 10:10 – And by that will, we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:12 – But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

Romans 8:3 – For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.


2 Corinthians 10:3-5  – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

So what is a stonghold?

Strongholds (ochyroma) – arguments and reasoning used to support an opinion against the opposition.

For lack of better terms, a belief.  Let me explain.  If I believe that Chevrolet makes the best pickups, I may support that opinion with the argument that their trucks have the best ride.  I may also reason that they have the most reliable power train in the market.  Now it may not be true, but I have such a strong opinion that it would take me experiencing something better to change my mind.

With that in mind…

Anything we believe about ourselves, outside of who we are in Christ, is a demonic stronghold.

Remember…our thoughts determine our beliefs, our beliefs determine our behavior, and our behavior determines our quality of life.

Everything pertaining to life and godliness has been made available to us in Christ (2 Peter 1:3)!  In essence…completley healthy and whole.  To get this quality of life though, you have to believe right.  To believe right, you have to think right.  This is why Paul says to “bring all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ”.  What does this mean?  Be conscious of Jesus and what he accomplished at the cross.  See yourself in Christ, resurrected into his likeness (Rom 6:5), with no condemnation (Rom 8:1).  His thoughts will become your thoughts, and you will soon start to see a better way and change your mind (just like with the truck).  This is actually the definition of repentance (to change your mind), and God’s goodness will lead us to repentance (Rom 2:4).

So how to you destroy a stronghold?…change the way you think…and start thinking about Jesus!

“Father show us any areas that we are being robbed of the fullness of life in Christ Jesus!  Give us faith to trust you and change or minds.  Amen ”



Overcoming Sinful Behavior

I would say that one of the top questions with many believers is “How do I overcome sinful behavior and live a holy life???”  At least it was for me.  I was trying and trying to overcome destructive behaviors and addictions, on my own, with no success.  It was a roller coaster ride of emotions, up and down, leading me back to square one with the same problems.  Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ our Lord!  See it’s not how we overcome sin, but who has already overcome it.  “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Rom 8:2).

The problem above without the solution below will lead to depression.  Believe me, I have been there.  Why is that?  See as born again Christians, it is no longer our nature to sin.  Let me explain…”Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor 5:17).  What passed away and what new thing came?  Believe it or not, you were a sinner because Adam sinned, not because you sinned.  “Because of one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience, many were made sinners” (Rom 5:19).  So, as a sinner, it was your nature to sin.  For example…I didn’t choose to be a male…it’s just who I am…therefore I act like one.  However, when you said yes to Jesus, that nature died, and you were resurrected in the likeness of Christ (Rom 6:5).  Since Jesus is Holy (3X), your nature is now holiness.  “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb 10:10).

Well then, why do we continue to sin if is no longer our nature to so?  Let’s take a look at what Peter has to say in the verses below…

2 Peter 1:5-9 – In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.  The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

So Peter says that we fail to live a holy life because we have forgotten that our sins are forgiven.

What about Paul?…

Titus 3:10-11 – As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Paul says that sinful people are self-condemned.  So the connection is that self condemnation comes from forgetting that our sins are forgiven.


Side Note:  Most Psychologists/Councilors agree that guilt and shame keep people trapped in destructive behavior (just wanted to throw that in there).


Paul dealt with this himself at one point and he talks about it in Romans 7…

Romans 7:14-25 – For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh (the part of you that wants to do wrong, the self life, aroused by the law), sold into bondage to sin.  For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate (this is depression I was talking about).  But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.  So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.  But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me (the flesh).  I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man (this is his holy nature, in Christ, as a believer), but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members (self-effort is hopeless).  Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

*Notice that the key is not “what can I do to set me free”, but Who.

Then he starts off chapter 8 with…“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Rom 8:1-2).

Jesus told the lady at the well, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more” (John 8:11).  This is the key to overcoming sin!  Receive the gift of no condemnation and go and sin no more.

Check out what paul says in Hebrews 12…

Heb 12:1-2 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

So what is the solution to throwing off sinful behavior?…Keep your eye on Jesus!  He has endured the condemnation for all our sins on the cross (past, present, and future), and sat down at the right hand of God, far above all evil (Eph 1:21).  Here is the kicker…God seated us with Him, in Christ (Eph 2:6).  We can now boldly approach the Father to find grace in need (Heb 4:16).


Focus on Jesus!  Be conscious of His love for you through the forgiveness of your sins.  Just as you were a sinner because of Adam’s disobedience (not because you sinned), you are now righteous because of Jesus’ obedience to the cross (Rom 5:19).  Nothing can take you out of right standing with God (it’s not based on what you did or didn’t do, but what He did).  Keep confessing this righteousness, in Christ (2 Cor 5:21), and that sin will effortlessly be removed from your life.  One day you will wake up, and there will no longer be a desire to do it anymore.


I had my friend Travis make this sign for me.  I hung it on my bedroom wall as a daily reminder.