So this is the point. The law no longer holds you in its power because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the One who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God. 5 When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced sinful deeds, resulting in death. 6But now we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old way by obeying the letter of the law, but in the New Way, by the Spirit. Romans 7:4-6
Yesterday i was put in a situation that i did not want to do, and i was so overwhelmed by the demands that were placed upon me that my heart actually hurt; and i was breathing small breaths. Guilt was placed upon me and the demands were topped with God’s word used as a weapon, but my heart kept saying no. By the end of the day i was so crushed and defeated and ashamed that i couldn’t go before the Lord. I felt like i let Him down again!
But this is what the Lord showed me in Jeremiah 50:20 In those days, at that time," declares the Lord, "search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare. There is no longer guilt because of Jesus’ Blood and my sins were forgiven because they were nailed to the Cross with Christ.
This morning i had the opportunity again, i was determined to just do it, not for anyone but God, not for anything in return i was just going to do it! But again, my heart hurt and again i thought, "Why am i feeling this way?"
You are probably wondering by now, what could be so bad? We all have come to this place of decision and this is what i learned today:
I learned that God does not place demands on you by guilt nor condemnation. He will not force Himself on you, but will gently guide your thoughts in the way that is good and pleasing to Him and sweet and loving deeds will produce fruit for Him. He places us where He is going to love others’ freely through you and not by force, nor quilt, nor condemnation. God’s Spirit gives liberty and grace.
satin places overbearing demands that produce guilt and condemnation leading to self efforts that are completely destructive, oppressive, and sinful. We lose sight of the Lord Jesus Christ and are completely dried up of all strength. God’s love grows in you freely and you begin to bloom where you are, even between and rock and a hard place.
You were not defeated, you were set free in Christ Jesus