Friday, April 16, 2010

Is it Conviction or condemnation?

Condemnation is not the same as conviction. Conviction is a sweet gift that leads to repentance and freedom. Condemnation is the demonic counterfeit to conviction and brings a burden (Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 7:10).


Conviction
Condemnation
Source
Focal point
The Cross
Myself
Goal
Victory
Defeat
Based on
Grace
Law (Legalism)
Enters through
Your spirit / heart
Your mind or emotions only
Produces
Spirit-led prayer of Godly repentance
Soulish prayer, carnal response
Results
Forgiveness
Freedom
Gratitude
Guilt
Burden
Shame


Ask the Lord to distinguish between the condemnation of the accuser and His work of thorough, holy conviction that brings freedom. Genuine confession and repentance brings freedom and gratitude for God’s mercies. 

If you find yourself burdened with condemnation, the accuser of the brethren is the source. If you agonize over the same sins that have already been forgiven by the blood of the Lamb, reject the accuser’s lying voice. 

Read Colossians 2:13-15 aloud to declare that you are cleared and pardoned by the Judge of Righteousness.