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Acts 23, Romans 8:1-11
Paul’s destination was Rome but first, he wanted to go to Jerusalem because he had a heart for his people to receive the Gospel message. Their response resulted in beatings for Paul and riots yet he still wanted to share the Gospel with them and even called them brothers.
Acts 23:11: But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”
Paul must have been discouraged because of the reaction of the Jews and needed the encouragement he received from the Lord.
How often are we discouraged and feel condemned when we fail or sin in our Christian life? But there is encouragement in Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
It is satan who plants seeds of guilt, shame, and failure. When that happens, we need to post the sign motels use when there are no more rooms: No vacancy! There is no room for guilt, shame, and failure because every room is filled with grace, mercy, and love, etc.
Why do we as believers accept satan’s deception?
Notice the contrast between the work of satan and that of the Holy Spirit:
Satan brings condemnation… The Holy Spirit brings conviction.
We feel guilt… The Holy Spirit extends grace.
We try to conceal… The Holy Spirit encourages confession.
We feel remorse… The Holy Spirit tells us to repent.
We did bad (focus on us)… The Holy Spirit draws our focus to God.
We rededicate ourselves (about me)...The Holy Spirit tells us to surrender to God.
We think failure… The Holy Spirit gives victory.
We move away from God… The Holy Spirit draws us closer to the Lord.
Result: Life and Peace
Romans 8:6: The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.