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The Devil’s Attack Through Condemnation

by Norman P. Grubb

Learn the blessed difference between condemnation and conviction. “Condemnation” is the devil seeking to destroy my faith through a sin. “Conviction” is God telling me the sin to have it cleansed, not to destroy me.

Do you see what I mean? I slip into a sin. The devil immediately condemns me, “You’re not sanctified. You’re no good. You’re full of self. You’re full of that.” Now he’s crushing me. He’s destroying my faith. He’s getting me right down. That’s condemnation.

“There’s no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Conviction is the Spirit saying, “Yes, you did sin. You did look where you shouldn’t have looked. You did think what you shouldn’t have thought. Confess it, repent, be cleansed.” That’s all. Here’s the Blood! If you confess it, immediately you’re free. Immediately the Blood cleanses. Immediately you are as sanctified as you ever could be sanctified, because He’s cast our sins to the bottom of the sea, cast them behind His back forever. And you walk on as you were before.

So conviction is Jesus’ blessed way of getting us cleaned up quickly. Condemnation is the devil’s dirty way of taking us out of the way of faith altogether. So I throw the condemnation to the dust heap, but accept conviction. And I need to accept conviction for conviction is always related to the Precious Blood. The moment I respond to conviction, the Precious Blood cleanses me and I’m free.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Temptation”