By: Feyisola Ogunfemi
” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8: v1-2
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.” Romans 8: v31-34
There are people out there who tear us down. They jump at the opportunity to say ‘I told you so’ when you fall, but never give a word of encouragement when you’re doing well. However, it is also true that a lot of us do this to ourselves, and many times what we do to ourselves is far worse than what others do.
I’ve always had my fair share of issues with self esteem. I’ve been growing out of it for the past few years, praise God, but it can still be a struggle sometimes. Sometimes, it really doesn’t matter what others say to encourage me, because there is a voice inside that keeps my confidence down. Sometimes, I even find myself overlooking what the Bible says I am and the words of encouragement in the Bible when I’m overwhelmed with new challenges. I shared recently in a sermon at my church, that God has been calling me to do more evangelizing and mentoring in my everyday life, but I’d been running from it because I didn’t feel I had the heart for it. I let so many past things hold me back even though God is for me. Crazy, but I’m working on it. I’m an overcomer through Christ. [Amen?]
It shouldn’t be this way. This is all the devil’s work to hold us back from our destiny. He doesn’t want to see you graduate, minister, get a job, start a venture, have successful relationships or do anything else that God has called you to do. He wants you to sit in that corner fearful and stagnant.
Maybe you’re not so self conscious about your looks or your abilities, but you just can’t let go of your past, pre-Christian life. Maybe according to your own judgment, you’re dirty, used, or just not worthy of love and good things.
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” -Romans 8:34
Again, that scripture is not about your mom who said you’re not pretty enough. It’s not about your teachers who said you’d never amount to anything. It’s not even about those holier than thou folks at church who knows your past and look down on you come Sunday. This word is for YOU. It says: “who is the one who condemns? No one.” That means it is not your place to cast judgment, even on yourself. Why? Because Jesus is by God’s side day and night interceding for you. That means he is working on your behalf. Washing your sins away with the blood He shed.
I am telling you today that God is for you. Forget about whatever else in your head or around you says otherwise. He is for us. The Bible, the word of God, says so. It tells us that we are more than conquerors.[Romans 8:37], and that we can do all things through Christ Jesus[Philippians 4:13].
Be encouraged. Remember who really is on the throne and determines who you are and what you can do. Remember that someone so much bigger is in charge of your destiny, and that He loves you. He is for you. So try not to be against yourself.
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