Complete In Christ Moment: “Here is a Riddle for You…”

Here’s a riddle for you: What can seem a lot like anger from God and can make you feel like turning away from God instead of towards Him when you have sinned? Answer: Condemnation from the devil. To enjoy being a Christian, you have to learn the difference between conviction from God and condemnation from the devil. Yes, it is true that when we sin, God by His Spirit will convict us about our sin. He makes us aware of our sin and lets us know that sin hurts His heart and is not good for us. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, so that we can repent (turn away from our sin) and be healed and delivered from it. Conviction of sin gives us a strong desire to live holy lives. Holiness pleases God and allows Him to shower us with blessings. Satan, by his trickery and deception, will condemn us and make us feel unworthy, ashamed and lonely. He tries to deceive the children of God, making us feel that God is angry or that God does not love us. Satan lies and distorts the truth, so that we will not run to God with a heart of trust. Satan does not want us to embrace God in times of difficulty. He does not want us to know or remember that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus paid the price for our sins, so that when we sin (which all humans do), we can embrace and experience the love and forgiveness of God our Father. During difficult times, we must repent to God. Sin is bad and unacceptable for us as Christians; but as soon as we get up from that prayer of repentance, we must be ready to rebuke satan and get his condemnation off of our lives in Jesus name. Once we acknowledge and repent of sin, it is time to remember the free gift of God, which is righteousness. We just need to remind ourselves (and remind the devil that “There is therefore now no condemnation for them that are in Christ Jesus… (Romans 8:1). Meditate in God’s Word and let His love saturate and satisfy you today! Accept the fact that Jesus has paid the price for your sins and that you are clean because of the blood that He shed for you. I pray that the Holy Spirit would touch, heal and deliver every person who reads this little exhortation! You are the righteousness of God in Christ, and you are learning to walk in holiness. Holiness is a lifelong process. Be encouraged!!

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