With the arrival of Jesus, the messiah, the fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ's being here for us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. — Romans 8:1 The Message
I grew up about 100 miles from Kansas City in Sedalia. Its claim to fame is the Missouri State Fair and the Wheel-In Drive In.
Sedalia has also had more than its fair share of tornadoes. In the late 1970s, it was hit repeatedly by tornadoes which flattened entire neighborhoods and industrial complexes. To this day, when I see storm clouds gathering, I have a feeling of apprehension.
Just as my storm experiences have left their mark, so has living under the weight of sin left its mark on each of us. As Christ followers, God doesn’t condemn us. He allows us to suffer consequences for our actions. He promises to be with us as we pay those consequences, but he doesn’t condemn us.
However, we face a very real enemy, Satan, who is more than quick to condemn everything we do. The enemy is called the accuser (see Revelation 12:10). Satan wants to destroy us at every possible opportunity. So when you feel hopeless and condemned by your actions, it’s important to remember that’s not from God.
Are you living under a continuous, low-lying cloud of condemnation? Is it time to cross the line of faith and begin to trust what God wants to do in your life? Or, if you’ve already made that choice, do you need to begin to look honestly at whether you’re being convicted by God or condemned by the enemy?
Heavenly father, I want to fully trust that in you there is no condemnation. Help me capture those thoughts and emotions that are sent by the enemy to destroy me and to rest more fully in your will for my life.