When Your Heart Condemns You
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
I believe there are some small yet extremely vital lessons that every follower of Jesus Christ must learn to walk in the freedom of the Holy Spirit. We must learn that God is for us and is there to set us free. God’s heart for us is to walk in the joy and freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Everyday we are learning to die to ourselves and walk in the new life of Jesus Christ. Sometimes when we face an area where God wants to give us freedom it can go a couple of different ways. It may take several times facing a certain situation to recognize what God is doing. I want to share one of the times when the Lord has shed light on an area of my life, and the outcome of what He taught me.
About five years ago I went on a ministry trip out of the country. Excited as I was about all the wonderful things God was doing, simultaneously I was having a secret battle in my heart. Every time I got around certain people, jealousy would spring up and choke me. This was not the first time this happened. I had been living with these internal battles nearly my whole Christian walk. I was desperately seeking the Lord for freedom, as I was so sad and feeling condemned.
After several days of this ongoing battle I cried to the Lord. His presence filled my heart as He spoke these words. “Every time you face something like this in your life, I am giving you an opportunity for freedom. Bring it to Me and it is My joy to set you free.” I suddenly realized that for many years I had been living in bondage. In my heart I had been believing a lie that God was angry with me about these struggles when in reality He was wanting to set me free.
1 John 3:20
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
This thing had been blocking me from walking in deeper intimacy with the Lord. I thought I couldn’t bring these things to the Lord because It was my own fault. But when the Lord gave me this revelation it totally set me free! Of course, there are times when I have to walk this out and bring it to the Lord all over again, but now I know it is an opportunity for freedom. I don’t have to focus on myself and my problems but on the Lord Jesus Christ who has come to set the captives free (Luke 14:18,19).
Friends, this is so important because people have fallen away and gone back into sin, not realizing it was there own heart condemning them and not the Lord. God is for us, not against us. Just because we need freedom from things does not mean we are a disappointment to Him. The fact is, we all are constantly needing freedom in certain areas in our lives because we still have flesh but know it is God’s joy to set you free. If you recognize this thought pattern in yourself when you face a struggle, please go to the Lord and let Him counsel you! The Lord is greater than your heart and knows all things!