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Disempowering Accusation

The vast majority (if not every person) deals with accusation and condemnation. Sure, we have to deal with an enemy called the “accuser,” but our own hearts and minds can get so conditioned to it that it loops incessantly inside.

It shakes your confidence in Jesus’ sacrifice. It destroys your intimacy. It colors how you see the world and even spiritual disciplines like reading scripture.

For example, John 14:23 reads, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” In the hands and mind of someone caught in the mudslide of condemnation, you think, “I’m so disgusting. Why can’t I love Jesus? I can’t even obey His commands. I’m a failure. I’m hopeless…”

When you’re in accusation mode, even Jesus seems to be accusing, but that’s exactly how you know reading it in this manner is defective. He doesn’t disempower His beloved sheep, He empowers (my word for the year).

Read this same verse from the Passion translation and it’s a shocking night-and-day difference,

“…Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”  –John 14:23

In finding, cultivating, and expressing your love for Him, you begin to obey. It’s not from striving and straining to be “better.” It’s leaning into the love and grace that empowers.

Many times, before you can be receive and be empowered, you have to disempower something else. Like an exiled king who returns to defeat the evil tyrant, you have to recognize the accusations for what they are and replace them with truth.

You can empower and reinforce condemnation by agreement, but when you begin to refuse it a place, believing You are His and dearly loved, its effective and power dissipates and there’s more room for God’s love.

The unbroken circle.

Another chapter in, John 15:10 in the Passion Translation goes shows your future in His love.

“If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands, for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love.”

His love empowers you to obey and then when you obey you get to further live in His love being nourished and empowered! How amazing! This is what Jesus lived and modeled–not an obedience born of duty, obligation, or fear of punishment but from purest love, devotion, and surrender.

Maybe you feel disempowered today from the weight of your failure or struggle as accusations heap up like a never-ending garbage pile. It may feel overwhelming, but His love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Make room for even the smallest kernel of truth and His love will empower you to live like you never dreamed possible. Every breath, every moment is another opportunity for increase.

What are your thoughts on this? Do ever struggle in this area of condemnation?

2 Comments

  1. Sometimes, it is all too easy to become discouraged, or hear condemning messages in our heads and hearts. Yet I love how you point out here, Jason, that when we simply love and trust in Jesus, He will empower us to turn even more faithfully to Him. He is the One who will increase us in every way for His name’s sake.
    Blessings!

    • How incredible is His grace?! We can try to focus on “more obedience” and miss the mark but if we know and experience His love the obedience simply grows from it. Man, I need this reminder a lot! 🙂 Thanks so much, Martha.

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