COMMON BLOCKS TO DELIVERANCE
CONDEMNATION & SHAME
"God said to me, 'Because of all your self-condemnation, I can’t address the things I want to address. When I bring it up, you self-implode.'"
FOLLOWUP & ACTIVATION
Probably 98% of Christians struggle with self-condemnation, but we are about to boldly go where few Christians have dared to go before . . . into the place of NO CONDEMNATION; of seeing ourselves "by the Spirit." This is a huge part of deliverance.
Dan Mohler says, "Here’s the problem, you think you are what you did. And if we don’t address that now, you’re gonna take on the identity of what you did. We think we are what we did. No, we are what HE did. That’s not a permission to stay the same. That’s a grace to change. Begin to see yourself the way he sees you, and that identity will produce that fruit without you biting your lip to be good."
These verses capture it perfectly:
"For this reason [the law] can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered?" Hebrews 10:1 - 2
"You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?" Galatians 3:1-3
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1
You can't overcome sin by trying harder. You can only overcome sin by the Spirit and by faith; by seeing yourself the way God sees you. BELIEF has more power to change you than WORKS. In the natural, yes, you are a sinner. But by the Spirit, you are covered in a robe of righteousness. It is finished. You have nothing left to achieve. You're in. You're accepted. You have nothing to earn. You're perfect in God's sight. End of story. Become righteousness-conscious rather than sin-conscious.
WAYS TO ACTIVATE:
When you make a mistake, do a 30 second turnaround. Bring it to God, confess, and believe he forgave you. Done, over. Don't spend any time condemning yourself. Kick the devil in the face by not playing his guilt game.
When you feel distant from God, or hesitant to approach him, "come boldly before the throne of grace" anyway. Remember, if we can only approach him based on our good works, we're all lost anyway.
Begin to recognize the difference between God's voice and the enemy's voice. God's voice sounds like peace, empowerment, conviction, clarity. Satan's voice sounds like condemnation, guilt, shame, turmoil, confusion, fear, rush. Satan might even quote Bible verses to you, but he will do it with the tone of condemnation, coercion, and pressure.
Become aware of the safe bubble of grace you're in. It's like a child's sandbox. You get to learn and grow and play and make mistakes without fear or pressure. Becoming like Christ is a fun adventure. You'll probably fall on your butt a few times. It's ok.
When you sin, Satan will try to make a mountain out of a molehill. The world probably won't end because you lost your temper. Get over yourself. It's not about you, anyway. It's about Jesus. I'm not trying to make light of sin because it does grieve the heart of God. But we can't overcome it by beating ourselves up. And our very best efforts are "filthy rags" to him!
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Rest. In the Spirit, it's already done. DONE. DOOOONNNNEEE.
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