Condemnation and The Results of It
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman church in Romans 8:1, “There is now therefore no condemnation to those which are in Christ, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
If there is no condemnation to those who walk after the Spirit then does that mean there is condemnation for those who do not? I believe the answer to that question is, “Yes!” Why do I believe that? Simply because walking in the Spirit means to walk in obedience to God’s Word concerning all things, and to walk in the flesh is to do otherwise. So if we are walking in the Spirit in obedience to God’s Word, there is no condemnation; God will bless us for our obedience, but if we are walking contrary to God’s Word, we are condemning ourselves to the fate of the results of unbelief. We cannot be a believer in God and walk contrary to God’s Word.
In Isaiah, Matthew, and 1 Peter, the Word of God tells us the reason Jesus bore the stripes upon His back was for our healing. If we do not believe that what God said the purpose of those stripes were for, we are condemning ourselves to the whims of illness. The bible also teaches that Christ became poor that we might be rich. If we do not believe God’s Word telling us we have a right to prosper in this life because we live in obedience to His Word, then we are condemning ourselves to a life of lack. And if we do not believe we have a right to a sound mind as so stated by the Apostle John in his third letter to the church, then we are condemning ourselves to a life of mental struggle. James, the brother of Jesus said, a man who cannot control his thought life is like a wave of the sea tossed to and fro and unstable in all of his ways, and for that person not to think that he will receive anything from God. (My paraphrase) And the Book of Hebrews tells us, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” This scripture is telling us when we live a life denying God’s Word which is the foundational truth of all creation, we are living in unbelief. To put it very simply; God cannot, and would not even if He could, act in our behalf when we walk in unbelief or contrary to His Word. Who would honor those who do not believe them? No one. God can only honor those who honor Him, and we honor Him by walking in obedience to His Word.
Jesus tells us in Luke 6:38 to, “Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the measure that you use to give out, it shall be measured back to you again.” And we say to God, “That giving stuff doesn’t work. I tried it one time and nothing happened.” The reason God’s wants to prosper His children is so we can be a blessing to others, but rather than being blessed, many people condemn themselves to lack and illness because of their unbelief. Not understanding that if we think living with lack and illness somehow promotes Godliness, we have been lied to and are really condemning ourselves to a life of lack and illness. There is no way lack and illness makes us more humble or more holy; it just means we are broke and sick. And if we can’t help ourselves, how do we think we can be a blessing to anyone else? What that person really needs to do is take a drive down a country road during the spring planting season and study the farmer and why he plants seeds. If you know anything about farming, you will soon realize he takes the seed he plans to plant to the field to be planted in a pick up truck. But when harvest time comes, he takes tractor-trailer trucks down to that same field to haul it out. Try telling the farmer, “The Giving Principle doesn’t work, and he will laugh in your face.” If giving didn’t work, you better believe he wouldn’t be wasting his time buying bags of seed for the spring planting season.
To make a long story short; the person who is obedient to God’s Word has God’s blessings upon their life because God watches over His Word to perform it in their behalf, but the person who does not believe God; condemns themselves to the whims of illness, lack, and mental instability. It doesn’t make sense to me, but if that is all people expect out of life, they will reap the results of what they believe. DThrash