“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
One of the main destroyers of the Christian life is the spirit of condemnation. When we open the door for it to operate in our lives, it affects us and causes us to affect others. Because we feel guilt-ridden, we can try to make others feel the same way. This is evil. While we know, there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, our hearts remain affected by the Fall and it produces actions that are not true to God’s leading. If you’ve ever hurt someone and sensed their anger with you, you can feel a certain way. If you have ever sinned against God, it can produce certain negative feelings if you don’t receive His grace and mercy. What the enemy likes to do is play on those feelings and cause you to step outside of God’s will. We say, “If I do what he or she wants, then this feeling will go away and they will be happy.” Or, “If I give them what they are asking for, they will be happy and I can get on with my life.” While this sounds rational to the mind, it does not go in line with God’s word. It is a trick to keep you in bondage. We are not to look at what will make others happy, but what will please God. God is pleased when we obey His Word. Any other reason, other than to please God, is the wrong motive. God always seeks a win/win in every circumstance. If your actions will make someone else happy but make you miserable, it is not of God. You are not in control of other people’s happiness. They may cause you to feel like you are, but you are not. Total happiness comes from living in such a way that pleases God. If someone is miserable, let them alone until they see the light. If they want to stay that way, that’s their decision. But you, be led by God. This is the sign of true growth and maturity.
Prayer: Father, I want to see people happy, but You are in control of that. I repent and I rebuke any spirit of guilt or condemnation in my life and I receive peace of mind and peace of heart. The spirit of condemnation will no longer control me and will not work through me to control others. I am free in Jesus mighty Name! Lord, touch the relationships in my life. I place it all in your hands and I ask that You give me wisdom and strength as I move forward in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.