TUESDAY 15 November, 2016
A Heart of Condemnation
And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” - 2 Samuel 24:10
David should have never counted the people––instead he should have trusted the Lord. David’s heart became full of condemnation. So he took the right action and sought the Lord’s forgiveness. Immediately, he repented but it was too late to avoid the consequences. David’s decision to number the people would cost him the life of his men.
David was not perfect; and neither are we. In our lives we make a lot of foolish decisions. When we think about our sins and failures the enemy slips right in to bring condemnation into our hearts––but we have to remember this truth: condemnation will always lead you away from the cross––but conviction will always draw you to the cross.
Often times Satan, through others, will bring up the sins from our past and throw them into our faces. When we feel condemned, discern this common spiritual attack and use this helpful verse to ward off the enemy: There istherefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).
Examine your Christian walk with God. Are you are feeling condemned because you have been walking in the flesh? Even though you will suffer consequences because of your choices, come back to the Lord in full repentance and He will accept you. The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you from your sin (1 John 1:9).
For if our heart condemns us,
God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
~1 John 3:20~
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