Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. ~ As we each continue to grow in our faith and walk in this world as Christians, God begins to show us who we are and how we are to live in this life. He begins to teach us through the guidelines or commandments of Christianity and through our own personal convictions. But with each new revelation comes the opportunity to miss the mark. And many of us, when we miss the mark we fall into condemnation and self criticism. We see where we fall short and we allow the devil to condemn us or we begin to condemn ourselves. This comes from a conscience that is influenced by the devil. But Jesus shed his blood for us so that we could have a conscious free of condemnation and free of the influence of evil.
Jesus is our high priest that makes intercession on our behalf. He doesn’t condemn us. It’s like when a baby begins to walk. They see that there is another way of living instead of crawling around on their hands and knees. They begin to start standing and even though they fall a hundred times, they continue to get back up because they see that it is possible to do. They then begin to walk holding onto things until they get their footing and learn to balance on 2 instead of 4. They then venture out to walk on their own. They usually take a step or two and then fall down again. But they get right back up. Why? Because the seed of understanding that there is a better way to live is still in their hearts. They continue to press towards that and eventually, they walk on their own. You as a parent do not condemn them when they fall. You are excited that they are trying. Your Heavenly Father is no different. And though you might think that because you are an adult, you should be able to ‘get this’, understand, walking in the spirt is still something new that we have to learn. It’s nothing that anyone of us can do immediately without practice and without falling at one point or another. But though a righteous man fall, he keeps getting up. So if you find yourself missing the mark, don’t condemn yourself, hold fast to your profession of faith without wavering. Keep pressing, you will master it just like you did with walking.