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Date: 03.15.17
When Confidence is Toppled by Condemnation

kalen-emsley-100237I bet there are days when you are standing. You are standing in the confidence of God’s love for you. You are standing on the truth that you have been adopted by God (Ephesians 1:5), that you are His child, and that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-29) You are standing in the confidence of your redemption, salvation (Romans 10:9), and unchanging favor with the Almighty because you belong to Him. Then something happens and your confidence gets toppled by condemnation. Toppled when you remember the horrible things you did in the past. Toppled when you think about some unholy attitude in the present. Toppled when you wonder if God will accept you in the future.

During these times when confidence is toppled by condemnation, it’s important to remember one thing: It’s not about what you have done—and what you do—for God. It’s about what He has done for you. Because of His sacrifice on the cross and the unbreakable covenant He made, if He is your Lord and Savior, you can always stand on the truth that His love and favor for you are unchanging. His covenant guarantees it. It cannot be altered. You are His daughter. You are His son. And for Christ’s children, the news is overwhelmingly good.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. . .” (Romans 8:1)

There is no condemnation about your past. There is no condemnation in your present. There is no condemnation in your future.

You are God’s and because you are His, He may convict you; He may discipline you; He may rebuke you, but He will never condemn you, no matter what you have done, what you do, or what you will do. What liberating news! When your inner voice tells you that you are blowing it and that you deserve to be condemned, stand on Christ’s covenant. When your Adversary accuses you and tells you that you deserve everything you get, stand on Christ’s covenant. When others accuse you and tell you God will not forgive you, stand on Christ’s covenant. You are His daughter. You are His son. “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”

What marvelous news that His favor cannot be changed. His sacrifice on the cross guarantees it for His children.

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16 thoughts on “When Confidence is Toppled by Condemnation

  1. Three awesome things this week:
    1) I get to see Shana in May in ATL!!!
    2) I just got to play in the snow with my daughter and granddaughter (and build a snow bunny!)
    3) I am finishing a baby quilt for a special person and quilting is tied with reading as my favorite hobby

    1. Hi, Gwynne!

      So wonderful to “see” you here this morning!

      Yay! So glad we will get to connect in the ATL! (I will be in touch soon with more details.)
      Snow!? Not in Atlanta though, right? So fun. And the best thing. . .a snow bunny! Love bunnies. (I have a plush animal of a bunny too. 😎
      So awesome that you are making a baby quilt. That’s such a beautiful gift to share.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Shana

  2. Three things?
    1. Attended Carolina Christian Writers Conference.
    2. Received positive input.
    3. But most importantly, my daughter went with me. Had a special time with her.

  3. Shana, I needed this. Thank you so very much. I’m going to share this. And my three things this week are:
    1) It’s going to be OK, even when my mouth gets me into big trouble.
    2) A winter that doesn’t really start until March reminds me that God loves variety.
    3) My new glasses. Yes, that. I can see again!

  4. My 3 things:
    1. Snow day yesterday!
    2. My 7th month old slept through the night night before last and slept until 10:30. I had time to read, pray and talk to Jesus!
    3. Time yesterday to cook, clean, play with the baby and spend time with my husband!

    Thanks for all of your posts!
    Stacy

  5. *1. God’s unconditional love!
    *2.For you Shana and your devotionals that speak volumes to me and my walk with God!
    *3.My husband and I are going on a Weekend to Remember marriage cruise in Feb. 2018 woohooo!

  6. 1. I’m on Spring Break!
    2. Got to go out to eat at Olive Garden last night and then was able to go to a revival service with excellent music and preaching.
    3. Received some unexpected money in the mail which will help with finances!

    1. Rachel,

      Those are some awesome gifts: sun, good music and preaching, yummy food, and a financial blessing. Nothing bad to say about those things!

      Yay God!

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  7. 1) I am a cherished child of the King of the universe!
    2) We have been thinking about buying a different, nicer home and God just dropped one into our laps that is everything we were dreaming about and more!
    2) You are coming to speak in ATL!

  8. My 3 things!
    I was able to share Jesus with a co-worker!
    We had propane delivered before the Storm Stella!
    My husband fixed a wonderful dinner for me after I came home from delivering mail during storm Stella!

  9. thank you Shanna I needed this message so badly, so frequently we forget how great God’s love is for us and that he does forgive and not condemn, all we have to do is ask.

  10. Well, my three things that I would like to share are resonating around here because God is getting the glory in a double quantity. I serve as Christian Missionary, Pastor, Teacher, and Chaplain in Mexico. As part of my duties, I write. A while back I wrote a Bible study series in 44 parts. It appeared first for our Bible study group on Facebook and then was placed on the Start Page. Facebook came back one year later, much to our surprise, and started reprinting the entire series. They are still doing it! Currently, I’m working on a cartoon series that I receive from Father Heart T.V. I supply a commentary wherein I’m writing to an individual named “Christian”. And third, We’re being blessed with a new supply of donations that we can give to the destitute and poor. We believe that by the end of this year we’ll have been able to deliver just over $1,000,000.00 in donations and meals. This just a part of what we are able, by the grace of God, to do to put the “feet of practicality” to the faith and point people to God and His Love and Thuth!!! That’s our three things for the week

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  • Three awesome things this week:
    1) I get to see Shana in May in ATL!!!
    2) I just got to play in the snow with my daughter and granddaughter (and build a snow bunny!)
    3) I am finishing a baby quilt for a special person and quilting is tied with reading as my favorite hobby

    • Hi, Gwynne!

      So wonderful to “see” you here this morning!

      Yay! So glad we will get to connect in the ATL! (I will be in touch soon with more details.)
      Snow!? Not in Atlanta though, right? So fun. And the best thing. . .a snow bunny! Love bunnies. (I have a plush animal of a bunny too. 😎
      So awesome that you are making a baby quilt. That’s such a beautiful gift to share.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Shana

  • Three things?
    1. Attended Carolina Christian Writers Conference.
    2. Received positive input.
    3. But most importantly, my daughter went with me. Had a special time with her.

  • Shana, I needed this. Thank you so very much. I’m going to share this. And my three things this week are:
    1) It’s going to be OK, even when my mouth gets me into big trouble.
    2) A winter that doesn’t really start until March reminds me that God loves variety.
    3) My new glasses. Yes, that. I can see again!

  • My 3 things:
    1. Snow day yesterday!
    2. My 7th month old slept through the night night before last and slept until 10:30. I had time to read, pray and talk to Jesus!
    3. Time yesterday to cook, clean, play with the baby and spend time with my husband!

    Thanks for all of your posts!
    Stacy

  • *1. God’s unconditional love!
    *2.For you Shana and your devotionals that speak volumes to me and my walk with God!
    *3.My husband and I are going on a Weekend to Remember marriage cruise in Feb. 2018 woohooo!

  • 1. I’m on Spring Break!
    2. Got to go out to eat at Olive Garden last night and then was able to go to a revival service with excellent music and preaching.
    3. Received some unexpected money in the mail which will help with finances!

    • Rachel,

      Those are some awesome gifts: sun, good music and preaching, yummy food, and a financial blessing. Nothing bad to say about those things!

      Yay God!

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  • 1) I am a cherished child of the King of the universe!
    2) We have been thinking about buying a different, nicer home and God just dropped one into our laps that is everything we were dreaming about and more!
    2) You are coming to speak in ATL!

  • My 3 things!
    I was able to share Jesus with a co-worker!
    We had propane delivered before the Storm Stella!
    My husband fixed a wonderful dinner for me after I came home from delivering mail during storm Stella!

  • thank you Shanna I needed this message so badly, so frequently we forget how great God’s love is for us and that he does forgive and not condemn, all we have to do is ask.

  • Well, my three things that I would like to share are resonating around here because God is getting the glory in a double quantity. I serve as Christian Missionary, Pastor, Teacher, and Chaplain in Mexico. As part of my duties, I write. A while back I wrote a Bible study series in 44 parts. It appeared first for our Bible study group on Facebook and then was placed on the Start Page. Facebook came back one year later, much to our surprise, and started reprinting the entire series. They are still doing it! Currently, I’m working on a cartoon series that I receive from Father Heart T.V. I supply a commentary wherein I’m writing to an individual named “Christian”. And third, We’re being blessed with a new supply of donations that we can give to the destitute and poor. We believe that by the end of this year we’ll have been able to deliver just over $1,000,000.00 in donations and meals. This just a part of what we are able, by the grace of God, to do to put the “feet of practicality” to the faith and point people to God and His Love and Thuth!!! That’s our three things for the week

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