I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a prison, a jail cell, some charity ‘jail’ office while your co-workers ‘bailed’ you out or perhaps you got detained at the end of the month at the DMV. Maybe it was high school detention. I’m assuming you’ve been in a spot where you couldn’t leave – maybe it was even a Jr High Band Concert. (sorry, if that triggers bad memories)

When you’re stuck – you’re incapacitated. Frustrated. Defeated.

You’re not freed up to go about life and living.

I know we face situational moments like that. I know we all may also encounter moments that are not simply seasonal situations; they can become more internal circumstances that linger longer. They follow us around. They move in, taking up residence within our heart and our mind.

It can either be guilt from choices we made, choices others made that we’re effected by or things done to us. They become these words, feelings and pains that condemn us, haunt us and imprison us from the inside out.

Condemnation shackles you from walking forward in freedom. It weighs your heart down.

In life we will all have to face consequences, but thanks to Jesus, we do not have to live under spiritual condemnation any longer.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh…  Romans 8:1-3

Your past can humble you, but God doesn’t want your past to haunt you. God has a good future for you to join him in. A new story is yet to be written. Condemnation keeps you stuck in the story of “what was” – but Jesus freed you to walk into the God story that awaits…

Join him again today – the story that’s in the process of being written. Your new story.

You’re not stuck in the past one. As a follower of Jesus: You are FREED

*if you want to hear the sermon on this – go here

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