Winning the Condemnation Battle

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Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Two times in Romans 8, God makes the statement, “… who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Certainly, the condemnation of sin is cared for at Calvary, but our mind remembers what we have done and what we are doing. Please understand that once you are saved you will always be saved. Just because your conscience feels condemned because of what your flesh has done does it mean that your soul is no longer saved. When Christ paid for your sins at Calvary, He paid for all of them. The way you live after salvation never places your salvation in jeopardy.

However, whether you walk after the flesh or after the Spirit will determine whether your conscience condemns you. Read the verse above without one phrase, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk…after the Spirit.” This is what God is trying to get across to you. You can win the battle of the condemning conscience simply by walking after the Spirit. The only reason your conscience condemns you when you do wrong as a believer is because you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you who convicts you when you start walking after the flesh.

What does it mean to walk “after the flesh” or “after the Spirit”? To walk “after” something means to pursue it. In other words, whatever you pursue will determine whether you win the battle over the condemning conscience. When you purse the flesh, you will have to deal with the condemning or guilty conscience. My friend, you cannot do wrong and expect the Holy Spirit just to let you grieve Him. The whole reason you have a guilty conscience is because the Holy Spirit is telling you that you are doing wrong. You are likely not saved if you can do wrong without the Holy Spirit convicting you. Your conscience will condemn you when you do wrong as a believer because your conscience is God’s Holy Spirit, and sin grieves Him.

The secret to overcoming the guilty or condemning conscience is to walk after the Spirit. What does it mean to walk after the Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 shows us when it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:…” To walk after the Spirit is to pursue the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is not given so you can hold it for yourself, but it is given so you can be a conduit to others. In other words, when I pursue the fruit of the Spirit, I am trying to be a conduit of God’s love to others. This can be said about the rest of the fruit of the Spirit; when I am a conduit of the Holy Spirit’s fruit in my life to others is when my conscience no longer condemns me. Why does it not condemn me? It doesn't condemn me because I am allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work through my life.

My friend, the secret to winning the battle over the condemning conscience is simply done by allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in your life. Stop pursuing your fleshly desires and start pursuing the Holy Spirit and His fruit and you will find that your conscience will no longer condemn you. The believer who lives with a free conscience is not a sinless believer, but they are a believer who has found out that if they walk after the Spirit that the Holy Spirit will not have to convict them; thus, they have won the battle of the condemning conscience.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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