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Condemnation Is The Root
Romans 8:1, NASB
1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
When you have a plant with sickly leaves,
it would be foolish to just treat the leaves without knowing the
root cause of the problem. Similarly, when leaves of
sickness, poverty and destructive habits start sprouting in your
life, you need to know what the root cause is.
Experts will tell you that it is stress.
They may go a little deeper and say that it is fear fear
of the future, of rejection, of loss, of death and so on. But is
fear really the root? Or is there something deeper than fear?
The Bible shows us that the most fundamental
cause of problems in our lives is condemnation. With condemnation
comes fear. Fear then induces stress which brings about the symptoms
of the curse.
This is what happened to Adam. Long before
he faced poverty, sickness and eventually death, he had stress.
Because of his sin, God told him, In the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread till you return to the ground. (Genesis
3:19) Sweat speaks of stress. But before there was stress, there
was fear because Adam told God, I heard Your voice in the
garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.
But what made Adam fearful? Adam only
feared when, seeing his nakedness, he realized that he had sinned
against God. He felt so ashamed and condemned that he hid himself.
God then asked him, Who told you that you were naked?
(Genesis 3:11) There was no one else in the garden other than Adam
and Eve, so we know that it was probably the devil who told Adam
that he was naked.
My friend, condemnation is the root cause
of the symptoms of the curse manifesting in your life. That is why
you need to know that at the cross, God took all your sins, put
them on Jesus and unleashed the full fury of His wrath against them
until Jesus cried out, It is finished!
All your sins have been completely punished
in the body of Christ who was condemned for you. The root cause
of all your problems has been dealt with. This means that the devil
cannot enforce the curse in your life apart from your receiving
condemnation. So come to the place of no condemnation and no sick
leaves will sprout in your life!
13th June 2011
The Lord is saying. Child
I ask that you buy gold tried in the fire. Walk on my word and
let your faith be solid and pure. How can that be unless it
goes through the fire. Walk through and you shall come through
He has tried me I shall come forth as gold Job 23:10
Communion With Christ; Broken And Restored
James Hudson Taylor III
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the
things that were heard, lest we drift away from them."
The experience of most of us, shows how easily communion with
Christ may be broken, and how needful are the exhortations of
our Lord to those who are indeed branches of the true Vine,
and cleansed by the Word which He has spoken, to abide in Him.
The failure is never on His side. "Lo, I am with you always."
But, alas, the bride often forgets the exhortation addressed
to her in Psalms 45. "Hearken, 0 daughter, and consider,
and incline thine ear; Forget also thine own people, and thy
father's house; So shall the KING greatly desire thy beauty:
For He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him."
In this section, the bride has drifted back from her position
of blessing into a state of worldliness. Perhaps the very restfulness
of her new-found joy made her feet too secure; perhaps she thought
that, so far as she was concerned, there was no need for the
exhortation, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols."
Or she may have thought that the love of the world was so thoroughly
taken away that she might safely go back, and, by a little compromise
on her part, she might win her friends to follow her Lord too.
Perhaps she scarcely thought at all, glad that she was saved
and free, she forgot that the current - the course of this world
- was against her; and insensibly glided, drifted back to that
position out of which she was called, unaware all the time of
backsliding. It is not necessary; when the current is against
us, to turn the boat's head down the stream in order to drift;
or for a runner in a race to turn back in order to miss the
Ah, how often the enemy succeeds, by one device or another,
in tempting the believer away from that position of entire consecration
to Christ in which alone the fullness of His power and of His
love can be experienced. We say the fullness of His power and
of His love; for he may not have ceased to love his Lord. In
the passage before us, the bride still loves Him truly, though
not wholly; there is still a power in His Word which is not
unfelt, though she no longer renders instant obedience. She
little realizes how she is wronging her Lord, and how real is
the wall of separation between them. To her, worldliness seems
as but a little thing; she has not realized the solemn truth
of many passages in the Word of God that speak in no measured
terms of the folly, the danger, the sin of friendship with the
world. "Love not the world, neither the things that are
in the world. If any man love the world, the love, of the Father
is not in him." "Ye adulteresses, know ye not that
the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore
would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of GOD."
"Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship
have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light
with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or
what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? . . . Wherefore:
Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD,
And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, And will
be to you a FATHER, And ye shall be to Me sons and daughters,
saith the LORD ALMIGHTY." We have to make our choice: we
cannot enjoy both the world and Christ. The bride had not learned
this, she would fain enjoy both, with no thought of their incompatibility.
She observes with joy the approach of the bridegroom. "The
voice of my Beloved! Behold He cometh leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills. My Beloved is like a gazelle or a young
hart; Behold He standeth behind our wall; He looketh in at the
windows, He glanceth through the lattice." The heart of
the bride leaps on hearing the voice of her Beloved, as He comes
in search of her. He has crossed the hills; He draws near to
her; He stands behind the wall; He even looks in at the windows;
with tender and touching words He woos her to come forth to
Him. He utters no reproach, and His loving entreaties sink deep
in her memory.
"My Beloved spoke, and said unto me, Rise up, My love,
My fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, The
rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The
time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land; The figtree ripeneth her green figs, And
the vines are in blossom, They give forth their fragrance. Arise,
My love, My fair one, and come away. All nature is responsive
to the return of the summer, wilt thou, My bride, be irresponsive
to My love? Arise, My love, My fair one, and come away."
Can such pleading be in vain? Alas, it can, it was! In yet more
touching words the bridegroom continues: "O My dove, that
art in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the steep place,
let Me see thy countenance, let Me hear thy voice! For sweet
is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." Wonderful
thought that God should desire fellowship with us; and that
He whose love once made Him the Man of Sorrows may now be made
the Man of Joys by the loving devotion of human hearts. But
strong as is His love, and His desire for His bride, He can
come no further. Where she now is He can never come. But surely
she will go forth to Him. Has He not a claim upon her? She feels
and enjoys His love, will she let His desire count for nothing?
For, let us notice, it is not the bride longing in vain for
her LORD, but the bridegroom who is seeking for her. Alas that
He should seek in vain!
"Catch us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vineyards;
For our vineyards are in blossom,". He continues. The enemies
may be small, but the mischief done is great. A little spray
of blossom, so tiny as to be scarcely perceived, is easily spoiled,
but thereby the fruitfulness of a whole branch may be for ever
destroyed. And how numerous the little foxes are! Little compromises
with the world; disobedience to the still small voice in little
things; little indulgences of the flesh to the neglect of duty;
little strokes of policy; doing evil in little things that good
may come; and the beauty and the fruitfulness of the vine are
sacrificed. We have a sad illustration of the deceitfulness
of sin in the response of the bride. Instead of bounding forth
to meet Him, she first comforts her own heart by the remembrance
of His faithfulness, and of her union with Him "My Beloved
is mine, and I am His: He feedeth His flock among the lilies."
My position is one of security, I have no need to be concerned
about it. He is mine, and I am His; and nothing can alter that
relationship. I can find Him now at any time, He feedeth His
flock among the lilies. While the sun of prosperity shines upon
me, I may safely enjoy myself here without Him. Should trial
and darkness come, He will be sure not to fail me. "Until
the day be cool, and the shadows flee away, Turn, my Beloved,
and be Thou like a gazelle or a young hart upon the mountains
of Bether." Careless of His desire, she thus lightly dismisses
Him, with the thought, a little later I may enjoy His love;
and the grieved bridegroom departs! Poor foolish bride! She
will soon find that the things that once satisfied her can satisfy
no longer; and that it is easier to turn a deaf ear to His tender
call than to recall or find her absent Lord.
The day became cool, and the shadows did flee away; but He
returned not. Then in the solemn night she discovered her mistake:
It was dark, and she was alone. Retiring to rest she still hoped
for His return - the lesson that worldliness is an absolute
bar to full communion still unlearned. "By night on my
bed I sought Him whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, but I found
Him not!" She waits and wearies: His absence becomes insupportable.
"I said, I will rise now, and go about the city, In the
streets and in the broad ways. I will seek Him whom my soul
loveth I sought Him, but I found Him not!" How different
her position from what it might have been! Instead of seeking
Him alone, desolate and in the dark, she might have gone forth
with Him in the sunshine, leaning upon His arm. She might have
exchanged the partial view of her Beloved through the lattice,
when she could no longer say "Nothing between," for
the joy of His embrace, and His public confession of her as
His chosen bride. "The watchmen that go about the city
found me: To whom I said, saw ye Him whom my soul loveth? It
was but a little that I passed from them, When I found Him whom
my soul loveth." She had already obeyed His command, "Arise,
and come away." Fearless of reproach, she was seeking Him
in the dark; and when she began to confess her LORD, she soon
found Him and was restored to His favor:
"I held Him, and would not let Him go, Until I had brought
Him into my mother's house, And into the chamber of her that
conceived me." Jerusalem above is the mother of us all.
There it is, that communion is enjoyed, not in worldly ways
or self-willed indulgence. Communion fully restored, the section
closes, as did the first, with the loving charge of the bridegroom
that none should disturb His bride. "I adjure you, O daughters
of Jerusalem, By the gazelles, and by the does of the field,
(By all that is loving and beautiful and constant) That ye stir
not up, nor awake My love, until she please."
May we all, while living down here, in the world, but not of
it, find our home in the heavenly places to which we have been
raised, and in which we are seated together with Christ. Sent
into the world to witness for our MASTER, may we ever be strangers
there, ready to confess Him the true object of our soul's devotion.
"How amiable are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul
longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the Lord; My heart
and my flesh cry out unto the living God. Blessed are they that
dwell in Thy house: They will be still praising Thee. A day
in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper
in the house of my God. Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield: The Lord will give grace
and glory: No good thing will He withhold from them that walk
uprightly O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man that trusteth
in Thee. " (Psa. 84).
Well I told you this would get interesting.....
Dave Hinton has asked me to play a part and sing in his
film HOW THE WEST WAS WON. Apparently I am the mother of
one of the main characters who gets converted when he hears
his Mum singing.
Please pray for the finances, for
the people whom God wants to come with me to come and those
who he doesn't won't.
Please pray that the weather will
cool over there for the dates 29th July - 16th August.
Please pray that I can act, sing,
look the part, excellently and that this will be a great
witness and to the glory of God.
Please pray for protection of all
who are going and preparations to go well.
Please pray for Anna, a young women
with a child and no husband, from a foreign country who
has cancer of the cervix. Please pray that the cancer will
respond to treatment and that she will be completely clear
Please pray for M who is on all sorts
of tranquillisers and anti-depressants that she will be
able to have a vision for the future and that she come into
the full potential of all her talents and be set free in
her mind completely. Her greatest need is to be able to
be free from negative thoughts in the morning.
Please could you continue to pray
for A's son that he will stay free from drugs and from the
people who encouraged him in the past to take them. Please
pray for his complete salvation in Jesus.
you so much for your prayers for Jack. His cancer is shrinking.
He came into the stall after many months this last week.
Please continue to pray.
of the Lord
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