“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice– Philippians 4:4. Joy is something God gives as a spiritual inner quality of life, while happiness is something man has at times and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a Cadillac, we would certainly be happy, but over time as the car wore down and rusted out, the happiness would begin to dwindle, especially when it needed servicing. However, joy can continue to bubble over into rejoicing regardless of any circumstance for it is literally a gift of God, and God’s healing Word continues making known to us the complete fullness of His joy.” ~LMJ~
“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ– Philippians 1:2. In all the Church Epistles, grace and peace are always mentioned in each salutation. The lesson in the salutation of grace and peace is that we need God’s grace daily, and that we can come to enjoy our lives immersed in the peace that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ gives. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ!” ~LMJ~
“Jesus Christ is who makes known the heavenly Father to His children (Matthew 11:27b and John 1:18; 14:6). The more we learn about Jesus himself, the more he can introduce God to us.” ~LMJ~
“A gift is never worked for, earned, or even necessarily deserved. Gifts are simply given to bless and make us happy. Many of the gifts that we have received as early as last year are already gone, used up, or spent, but the gift of God is eternal. God’s gift is given to men and women by His divine grace, unmerited and unearned, yet eternally present and we can gratefully accept it and daily appreciate it.” ~LMJ~
Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
Unfortunately, as well as ironically, many Christians after they become saved want to condemn themselves for either a sin committed 20 years ago, or the one they committed this morning before breakfast. In Romans chapter 7 we have an interesting verse of Scripture:
Romans 7:19 – For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Wow, does this verses sound familiar to you? This is the state of a man or woman on their own merits – they try, they fail, and they try and fail to be good again and again. The average Christian panics and tries to find and then practice works of repentance to cover up for their sins in order to feel good enough to walk with God again. Nevertheless, he or she keeps on Romans 7:19-ing, and so a cycle begins, a cycle that appears will never end, and so they continue to condemn themselves, and sometimes entire lifetimes can be consumed in this endless dilemma. All this “junk” comes about by not realizing that God not only forgives but that He also totally forgets; it is only we that choose to remember the forgiven and forgotten past.
So what can be done? Thank God for the Epistle and doctrine of Romans, for Romans covers this in great detail giving believers an out, a refreshing way to break this tedious and endless cycle of life-draining condemnation.
Romans 8:1a – THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, . . .
This verse does not say “there is therefore now condemnation,” but, “NO CONDEMNATION” and this is the will of God. Condemnation also can mean judgment, for there is therefore now NO judgment, and thus no fear of (or for) judgment to anticipate either now or in our future from our loving heavenly Father. Believing this places us “in Christ Jesus” and permits him genuinely to be our Savior from condemnation and judgment. Knowing this and this alone can help set our lives free.
By no means was God wasting His time having Romans 8:1 written to us, because it cost Him everything to free our lives from condemnation. We are currently heaven‑bound and there is no amount of sin that can prevent our entrance into the eternal graces of our Creator. This is the truth of the Scriptures, and “thus saith the Lord!” So, Please — No Condemnation – OK!