There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
This afternoon the Lord brought this word to my mind, and then this scripture surfaced from my heart. For many years, I walked around in condemnation. Yes, I walked in the flesh. Because of my anger and other issues, I walked around with the heavy weight that someday I would pay for my sins. I was not walking in the freedom that God had forgiven me; I could not even forgive myself. I was in the bondage of carnality and my walk with Christ was a very religious one. I thought I had it all together. I was married to my first wife and attended church on a regular basis even. I was puffed up with pride, and very fleshly. I even read the bible and had my little routine going, but I was not moving into the things of God deep inside my heart. I was stuck in fleshly habits religiously and going nowhere. Eventually, I would have a mental breakdown and go through a divorce. I was crushed by the weight of my own sins and fleshly ways...
One sure fire way to know you are walking in the flesh, is if you get offended easily. That is a very big indication. Man, I wish I had realized it back in the day; I could have saved myself from so much heartache!
You might be thinking, "What does all this mean?" It meant that I was my own worst critic. I sized up and condemned myself before anyone else did, and was not living a full life in God. I was living a lie going through the motions. I didn't have a life; it was as if I was a walking zombie. I really tried my best to walk it out, but sadly I fell short and did not pursue things in the Spirit. Misery was my companion. I would go through the motions of reading the Bible with no affect. Thinking back on those days, there were some good times with God, but it was as if He was giving me only tidbits on what I was really missing out from having a continuous fruitful relationship with Him. My flesh was no good.
The best way to get out of our fleshly condemnation is by ultimately "crucifying" it. I believe some of us will go through these things; period of times when we can’t go any further in Christ until we make the bold move of killing it. Christ Jesus came in the flesh and abolished it on the cross. He was born a human being who bore the weight of our sin on the cross...He gave His very life and blood so we could be able to walk in the wholeness of God!
There is a very fine life in walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. Just like with Peter walking on the water. These day I am a water walker, and have a more intimate and deep relationship with God, that I could only dream about back in the day. I'm not saying it is easy, but so much worth it!
In the Spirit, there is harmony and that peace that passes all understanding. Peace with God does not come easily when you are walking in the flesh, nor does harmony with the holy trinity.
I can say in the past 4 years that I have walked in the victory that the Lord ordained me to walk in. That doesn't mean I don't sin. That means I found the freedom to be who God ordained me to be by walking in the Spirit.
For those of you reading this who can relate to what I am saying, I would encourage you to go and sin no more. Take all your burdens fully to the cross, all the weightiness of your flesh trying to control things, Take up your cross, it’s the only way. You know what your cross is....just take it and find true life and meaning.
Father touch everyone reading this and allow them to experience Your full grace deep in their hearts. Help us all to keep in step with Your Spirit. Help us not to get ahead of Your will, not lag behind. Ordain our steps according to Your word! Help us Father to not walk in guilt and condemnation but to lay all this at the foot of your cross and not go back and pick it up. Thank You for sending you son Jesus to die in our place. Amen.