Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri–a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we examined Unchanging Grace. This week we will examine Found Faultless. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Romans 8:1 Amplified Bible
8 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].
A man or woman may condemn us for our wrongdoings even after we have repented, apologized, and moved on from the mistake. BUT we can confidently stand on the solid truth that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus!
When He shall come with trumpet sound
O may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne
PARABLE: I have done many things in my life for which I have been guilty. Yet, the grace of Christ has redeemed me from shame and guilt. Oddly, some of the darkest things I’ve done have been used to point others toward Christ. Authenticity and vulnerability are the erasers of guilt and shame. When we share our shame stories, with Christ, the Enemy loses hold of condemnation. But that does not stop him from using individuals to torcher us with the images of past failures. Because the job of the Evil One is to kill, steal, and destroy our hope in Christ, he is relentless in attempting to take us back to times of regret even when we have moved forward.
How do we move beyond the words, images, and thoughts of regret of sin that Satan tries to place as roadblocks to our purpose? We hand them to Jesus and allow Him to fight our battle. Don’t let the blame and shame build up. Like a hangnail, they will irritate you. When your sin looks you in the face like a mirrored reflection, speak back with bold conviction to the Accuser the Truth that There IS NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus. Even as I type, right now, like a blasting sound of the trumpet, I stand upon Christ the Solid Rock. I send the lie of the Enemy the message, “I have made choices I greatly regret, I am moving ahead. I resist you and you must stand down for I have been and shall be found faultless when I stand before the throne. Your sound cannot stand against the sound of the Angels playing my victory song of deliverance.”
Perhaps there is something in your past that continues to resurface and tries to disrupt your walking on your purposed path. If so, I invite you to sound the trumpet, put on the robe of righteousness that Christ died for you to wear, stand tall in the face of the Enemy, and declare the law of Christ has made me new and set me free from the law of sin and death.
Soul care training exercise: Is there a past regret that keeps trying to find you? If so, I invite you to revisit it and hand it over to Jesus, in whom there is NO condemnation.
- Reflect and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what is the worst sin in your life that you regret committing?
- Notice without judgment and with a curious awareness what comes to your mind. Invite God into your sanctified imagination. Ask Him to bring to your attention how and when that sin tries to revisit and distract you.
- Next scan your mind and notice what the Holy Spirit is sharing that you need to know, hear, or do to assure you that Christ has forgiven you, there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and that you have been and will be found faultless when you approach the throne of God.
- Finally, Focus on what God shows you and offer Him thanks for being your anchor of hope.
PRAYER: Jesus, I stand on you, my Solid Rock. Through the valley lows and the Mountain highs, I stand on your truth and call on your name. You call me by name. You call me out of the ashes of shame and blame and into your arms where there is no condemnation. Help me to rest here. Silent the whispers of the enemy that try to lead me to the dark with the spotlight of your loving grace. My Rock, My Savior, My Redeemer, I stand on you. In the name of Jesus, the Solid Rock I stand. I pray, amen.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to be cuddled in the arms of Jesus, the Solid Rock. Then take the mindfulness of God’s unchanging hope cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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I invite you to take five minutes and experience the No Condemnation guided imagery.