October 15, 2017 Sermon

Have you ever felt that your one big mistake would haunt you forever? Imagine a new father being excited about surprising and celebrating Mother's Day by bringing flowers, balloons, and the new baby during his wife's lunch break during her sift as a nurse at the hospital. Since she only has a short break, she knows that she must get back to work after kissing her husband and her young child. He struggles to carry all of the items back to his game and load them us before taking off down the road. As other cars flash their lights at him and honk their horns, he realizes something terrible: he left his child on top of the car before he left the parking lot. In horror, he slams on the brakes and he sees the baby carrier on the road in his rearview mirror several yards behind the vehicle. He cried out as he runs to the carrier and sees his smiling child looking back up at him. He moans and cries in guilt for what he did and thanks God that his baby is safe. He soon finds a police officer in front of him issuing him a citation. Later, the newspaper and local television stations run stories about what he did. His wife immediately forgives him and calls him "the best dad" despite what people say throughout the community of what he did. For the rest of his life, he relives the experience every day in his mind and beats himself up for nearly killing his own child.

This powerful story shows that the feelings that this father had were of self-condemnation. God doesn't want us to condemn ourselves. In Romans, it says "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus".

In this Book, Paul isn't talking about his struggles before he became a Christian. He's talking about how he struggles each and every day to keep himself from sin. But, the Good News is that Jesus doesn't condemn him for his struggles. He is a fellow struggler, just like us. He beat ourselves up so often, then we believe that God doesn't want us. We blow it...a thousand times over.

The promise is even more powerful when we understand what Paul is saying. When we fail, there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. We may think that God is mad at us or disappointed us. We will never know the Wrath of God because he poured that out on His Own Son. In Amazing Grace, it says that He saved a "wretch like me". But, when we're saved, we are Sons, Daughters, and--moreover--Heirs with Jesus Christ.

The enemy wants to accuse us. We must choose to reject his accusations about ourselves and believe what God has said about us. Know that the accuser is a liar and only God can do a work in us; we must embrace our rightful place next to Christ as heirs to The Throne.

If we act like how we think we are, we may find ourselves acting like a sinner if we believe that our sin cannot be canceled. When we begin to understand the truth that there is no condemnation, then we say it, we believe it, and we live it. If God is for us, then who can be against us?

These are the times that we shouldn't be running away from God, but running to God.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1-4, Romans 7:14-25,

- Pastor Jon
(credit to Tim Bond)

Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

Jon Bruney, Pastor

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