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Have you ever felt unfit for use?
In this Spiritual Kick Off Chris unpacks a powerful verse in Romans that points to the ultimate Truth. The Spirit builds up and Satan tears down. Scripture is clear that condemnation is not found anywhere in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Click To Tweet Romans 8:1
I just, I use this one a lot, particularly when I’m talking with guys and I think this is gonna. Hopefully all of us grow closer to the Lord. We’re gonna be in the book of Romans, okay? Romans chapter eight, the very first verse. Okay, just one verse today. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
That is the verse, guys. That is the, we need to learn this. We need to speak this to ourselves. Cause this week we’ll be talking a lot about self-talk, the words we say to our. The impact that makes on us and what can we do to overcome this negative self-talk that guys I know we struggle with, including me.
So let’s just get started. Where’s Romans? You got your gospels, you got Matthew, mark, Luke, and John. Then you got Acts, then you got Romans. Okay, so it’s written by the Apostle Paul, so we need to know that it’s arguably one of the most powerful books of the Bible. I mean, right. I’m gonna just tell you if you want something good just to sit down and just to soak in Romans.
Is it okay? Romans is it. As we start unpacking this, I think it’s important to get a solid understanding of that word condemnation. Okay, so I did the old G to G, you know, I like to do that. Go to Google. Let’s see what Google says and says the expression of a very strong disapproval. A censure or condemnation is to act as saying that something or someone is very bad or unacceptable.
So we got that understanding. Now, when I think of condemnation, I think of a building that’s been condemned, and I think we can all relate to that, like a building that’s been con condemned, con condemned. It’s unfit for uset. And have you ever felt this way unfit for use? Because we have to look what Paul was battling here internally before this famous verse.
So if you go back and in, in chapter seven, he’s admitting that he doesn’t practice what he wants. He hates what he does cuz he keeps doing it. He keeps making these mistakes. Uh, he recognizes that the sin that the dwells inside him is the same sin that, that we all have, right? So, I mean, we, we, we all need to recognize that.
And he says that the will is there, but the ability is not. The will is there, but his ability is not. So I, I, I always say it’s the old, the want tos there, but the can-do just ain’t there doesn’t exist. You know, we, you have the want to, but you have to have the can-do as well. And something with sin, that’s just it.
It calls us out and he’s calling it out right now. The battle that we all struggle. That’s it. He all, we all struggle with this sin nature, and I know we wanna serve God, but the sin nature pulls us away. It does. It pulls us. If you, if you don’t think this applies to you guys, it’s time to wake up cuz you need to be real with yourself.
The fake self is you, is doing just fine. Be real with yourself for a minute. Take a look in that mirror, talk to yourself from the, from the, from a genuine standpoint. And I promise you that sin, nature, that we all have creates a huge gap, a huge gap between us and God. And we can’t overcome that gap on our own.
We can. We can’t nice our way to, to get on the good side. You know, we can’t do these things, right. It’s, it’s completely reliant on someone else. And it’s right here, Christ Jesus. We, we need to see that. And we also need to understand that this self-talk is tearing us down. This is from Satan. Satan wants us to keep telling these lies to ourself over and over and over on how bad we are, how weak we are, how we’re not smart enough, how we’re not strong enough, how we’re not successful, how we’re a fraud list goes on and on and on.
It’s there. And thank the Lord for Romans eight, one. You can feel Paul screaming this right to the top of his lungs, and don’t miss the little caio to this verse. In Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus. Not in ourselves, but in Christ Jesus. Cuz we need to clear Jesus as Lord. Everything changes, everything.
Combination leads forever. Okay. At that point, you’re strong, you’re capable, you’re equipped, you’re for forgiven, you’re covered with the grace of Jesus Christ. That should make you right there ready to just run through a wall, fellas. I mean, this should be so fired up right now that you should just be ready to go.
That’s what it’s about. Okay? And, and sometimes right now, I want you to think through it like this. It doesn’t say sometimes or when you’re in a good mood or when things are going your way. It says There is now and now means now. You’re always in the now. Right? Right. Now when you’re listening to this, you’re in the now and now you’re in the now and now you’re in the now.
You get what I’m saying? You’re always in the now, and that’s a beautiful reminder that this combination never, ever exists. It’s not there if you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ cause of his grace. We are free from the penalty of. I mean, come on. That should get us jacked up. He paid it all his blood, the, the propitiation of his, of his blood, the payment that satisfies for the sin of the world.
If you’re hearing this, you are the world that includes you that should get you so fired up again. Once you get run over by that grace sharing of Jesus Christ, , everything changes, everything. Change. You’ll have that peace that passes all understanding and you’ll know without a shout of a doubt that you are no longer condemned.
And we need to remember this cuz this is the gospel. And we should draft everything we do as men, okay? And that includes our thoughts and what we think about. And remember, always at all times, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. That’s just, I’m telling you guys, I talked to too many on a regular basis that are fighting this.
Chris, I can’t do this. I’m not good. I, I, I don’t have, I can’t do this. I can’t do that. Can’t, can’t, can’t, should, should, should, should. All these things. I’m telling you, man. I’m the chief center here. I struggle with this too, guys. But we need to go back to this truth. Go back to this truth. And I wanted to ask you one question.
I want you to think. Would you let others speak to you the way that you speak to yourself? Think about that for a second. Would you let others speak to you the way that you speak to yourself? My guess is probably no, you wouldn’t, you know, we would check ’em. Many guys, we don’t have a problem with checking people with time.
We need to start checking ourselves. And a great way to check ourself is right here. Go to the word. This is not Chris telling you this. This is the S. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. That’s it. So when it, when those negative thoughts start coming in, you can go to this, just the truth.
This is the truth. And you know what the truth does sets you free. So guys, I pray this, this serves you well as today. This has been on my heart to go through this, this verse, to go through this, this topic this week that we’re gonna be talking. And I just really hope that it encourages you, that it gives you, uh, just that, that sense of, of peace as you move forward.
And if you’ve never, ever surrendered your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, I just wanna take you for a second and just, just, and, and offer that opportunity right now. If you’re a listener to this and you’ve, you’ve heard about this Jesus thing, but you don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on.
It’s very simple. It’s a very simple thing to underst. First of all, it starts with understanding us and that we are sinners and we’re all sinners. And the sinners, anything that pulls you away from God. And we all fall short as glory of God, period. So we have a sin nature, okay? So since the fall, we have that sin, nature, but thank, thankful, thankful, thankful that Jesus came and he paid the penalty for our sin.
So God came, he took on one of these human fleshes that we have. He walked, he had these feelings. He, he, he, he could feel everything that we feel except he was perfect. He never sinned, not once. And his perfect blood paid for the penalty of our sin. That’s it. And now, guess what? He, yes, he did die, but three days later he rose.
So we worship Ari, a risen savior, not a dead man, as the tomb is. Thank the Lord. The tomb is empty. He only rented that thing for a couple days and he was out of it. And then he ascended to the father and he sits right there next to, to, to, to God in heaven right now to his, at his right hand. And it says, no one gets to the to heaven except through him.
That’s it. You can’t get there except through putting your, your trust, your faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. So now you admit that you’re a sinner and we all are. Then you have to truly believe, I mean, believe in your. Jesus is the son of God and that he paid for your sin and that, and that He is the way, the truth and the life.
He’s it. And then you have to confess in his Lord. And I’m not talking about confessing him as just Yeah, I think. I think so. I think you’re real. No, I’m talking about confessing his Lord. And if he is Lord, he is going to drive everything that you. He needs to be Lord over over your health. He needs to be Lord over your wallet.
Did I just get a few? You guys? He needs to be a Lord over that. He needs to be a Lord over your marriage. Okay? Over your career, over everything. Everything He is, Lord, over over your bedroom. I done went to medling. Now I know. He’s over it all. You need to make sure that you, when you submit to him, that’s what he wants.
He wants it all. He wants your. And then at that point, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t dwell and you will be with him and you’ll, you can get out here and do this, what we call unleashed the line within. That’s it. You get the line within once you put your trust in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. So if you just right now accept it, Christ, I want you to send us an email support at the line within us.
And why do I want you to send me an email? Because I wanna pray for you for one. Then I also wanna give you some resources that are gonna help you in the. You’re not going through this alone. You got brothers here who can help you. We have resources that can help you because all of a sudden now, once you accept him as glory and you’re walking with him, the blinders are off.
And when the blinders are off, you can really see what’s going on. And here’s the thing, guys, sometimes that’s scary. You can really see what’s going on. It can be scary, but don’t. Don’t worry. It says in scripture, we don’t have a spirit of fear, but a power, love, sound mine. So we have this, we have tools that can help you in the battle.
You just need to lean in. So again, support at the line within us. So guys, I pray this scripture encourages you today. I pray that you remember this and when that those negative thoughts start coming in, speak this one to yourself. I pray you come back on for our next episode because I’m gonna dig deep into the idea of self.
What we need to do to start combating that, to make a positive impact in our lives and the lives of the people around us. Guys, you have a lot of influence. You do. If you’re listening to this right now and you, and, and you have an opportunity to, to have a positive impact on somebody, you may say, well, Chris, I’m not a boss.
I’m not a man. You don’t have to be. You’re a man and, and by your walk. You’re going to impact people, now you’re going to impact ’em one way or other. You are gonna either pull ’em closer to God or you’re gonna keep pushing further away from God and you have to figure that out which way you’re gonna go.
But right here, don’t ever for doubt, question that you have the ability at all times to live for the king cuz there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. So guys, I pray this one helps you. If you wanna connect with us, you gotta get in a community. I, I don’t know what else to tell you. You gotta get in in our inside our community, we.
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The world can make so many of us feel inadequate and the pressures of life are real. Often when that happens we turn into our worst critics and when the voices get louder and louder we start to believe them. In those cases run to the Word and trust in the One that will never leave your side.
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