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My favorite episode this week: Romans 8.
📚 The difference between Condemnation and Conviction. 💪
(Romans 8:1-2) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Observation: In Chapter 7, Paul talks about the problem we face: knowing not to sin but struggling to live in freedom. He ended it by discussing the constant tug-of-war we deal with on the inside.
He begins chapter 8 by saying that we may be in this constant war as we walk toward freedom but shouldn't live in condemnation. This begs the question of condemnation and whether it is the same as conviction. The simple answer is no. Conviction and condemnation are not the same thing. Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit, and condemnation comes from the devil. The best way to tell what you are experiencing is to see where it draws you. When you sin, condemnation will say, "See, you will never get free from this sin. You might as well quit. God is going to get tired of you messing up." Conviction says to you, "That was a sin. Thank goodness Jesus already loves us. Let's give it to Him and find freedom." One draws us away from God, and the other draws us toward God. As a follower of Christ, we should never allow condemnation to have a place in our life. We should always realize the Throneroom of God is always open and ready to forgive any sin we commit. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Application: If you feel conviction, turn to God. If you feel condemnation, don't believe the lies.
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🖤 My Favorite Links This Week>>>
🤪 Fun. 750,000 Dominoes.
📣 Sermon. Remember What You Were. (HB Charles, Jr)
🤔 Apologetics. How to Defend the Bible. (J. Warner Wallace)
🕺 Men Only. What Does It Mean to Be a Man? (Voddie B)
🧠 Mental Health. Overcoming Depression. (Neil Anderson)
✍️ CS Lewis Animation. The Rival Conceptions of God. (CS Lewis)
🔥 Hot Topic. Dealing with the Clobber Passages.
📕 Bible Study. Sodom Discovered by Archaeologists.
📚 Book of the Week. Letter to the American Church. (Eric Metaxas)
In an earnest and searing wake-up call, the author of the bestseller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy warns of the haunting similarities between today’s American church and the German church of the 1930s. Echoing Bonhoeffer’s prophetic call, Eric Metaxas exhorts his fellow Christians to repent of their silence in the face of evil before it is too late.
🎧 Song of the Week. What I See (Chris Brown). (Elevation Worship)
✍️ Quote of the Week
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Nelson Mandela
🤪 Dad Joke of the week
April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.