So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NKJV

As a born again Christian, it is important that we know that there is a difference between the conviction of Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the enemy of our soul. We must know the difference in order to walk in true freedom!

Condemnation comes from Satan and is meant to tear us down. It continually points out what a failure we are, or how badly we’ve messed up.

God never condemns us, but rather the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin or areas of our life that need to change.

Here’s an example: Maybe you failed to exercise as scheduled. Condemnation would include thoughts such as: “you are a failure, you have no will power, give up, you are never going to accomplish your goal, you are worthless.”

On the other hand, convicting thoughts would be “exercise is important, according to the scriptures our bodies are temples and we need to take care of them, start again tomorrow.”

The Holy Spirit wants the best for you and the devil wants to tear you down. We must know and recognize the difference.

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For our devotions this month, read and meditate on the following scriptures:

And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. John 12:47

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. Isaiah 30:18

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. Rev 12:10

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4

Prayer Points/Action Steps

Pray: Lord, please help me to know the difference in condemning thoughts and thoughts of conviction from Holy Spirit.

Action Step: Write down any specific condemning thoughts that the Lord points out.

Pray: Heavenly Father, help me to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Further Study

Look up the words condemnation and conviction in the dictionary. According to these definitions, how can condemning thoughts affect your walk with Jesus?

Sherry Poundstone

Christian Communicators Co-Director, Speaker, Author

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

sherry-headshotGod has allowed Sherry to touch the lives of hundreds of women through conference speaking, teaching bible studies, writing, and mentoring. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Character, and Becoming a Woman of Power with God.

Sherry is co-owner of Christian Communicators, as well as a member of Christian Women in Media, Christian Women Alive and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Above all else, Sherry’s most valued role is that of wife to her husband John. Together, they are the founders of Bethesda Reno-Tahoe Ministry and John currently serves as Pastor of Restoration Church in Fernley, Nevada.

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Email:  sherry@sherrypoundstone.com