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Wednesday June 23, 2021
What about condemnation?
“We have to learn not to accept the big lie of our return to a permanent old condition, just because we are caught out by the flesh on occasions; nor live in the bondage of a false but very commonly held conception of being two people at once, with a civil war within, a good and bad nature. No. Let us confess with the same assured voice as Paul that ‘the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath set me free from the law of sin and death.’
But then equally we must not stay, even temporarily, under condemnation, when Satan has caught us out. It is the easiest thing to do, and our distressed feelings are really self-pity and pride. It is not so much that we have grieved the Lord that disturbs us as that we have failed. The acceptance of condemnation is a form of self-righteousness. God has told us, when we sin, to get quickly to the light, recognize and confess the sin, and then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse our consciences from all sense of unrighteousness. ‘The cleansing fount I see, I see; I plunge, and oh, it cleanseth me.’ To remain in condemnation, therefore, is really disobedience and hurt self. We can learn many lessons from simple believers who keep short accounts with God. They are tripped up, they humbly recognize it, they claim the cleansing blood, and go on their way rejoicing; and often they use their testimony to such daily simple experiences to be a blessing to others.”
Taken from: The Deep Things of God
By Norman Grubb