Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirt.”
How do we have the victory over our thoughts? Have you ever asked this question to yourself? From reading Romans 8:1, I have found that the solution to our sinful thoughts or desires is found in this Scripture verse. We all have thoughts that want us to engage in some type of sin, but as Christians we also have the power to cast down those imaginations.
I know that this doesn’t sound like we are able to confront our thoughts and our desires, but Jesus even told people to “Go and sin no more!” Why did Jesus tell people to do this? Is it even possible for us to sin no more? Was Jesus telling us something that we could not do, or was He telling us this because we are capable of doing this?
The woman who was caught in adultery was given this command, “when Jesus had raised Himself up and saw that no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those who accuse you? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.'” (John 8:10-11)
“Go and sin no more!” Notice one very import thing that Jesus says, “Who condemns you?” The apostle James knew what Jesus was talking about when He said, “But each one is tempted when He is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15) For years I have been beating myself up because I would have evil thoughts and desires that would light upon my mind. Thoughts of committing sin. We all have these sinful thoughts because of our sinful nature. I knew this to be true, but I really didn’t see it clearly until Jesus opened my eyes to see that the thoughts on my mind are just that thoughts and nothing more. Jesus reveled through Romans 8:1 that I am not condemned.
Most of us have this feeling that because we are Christians we should be perfect in our minds and bodies. God knows that we aren’t perfect but He does show us that we are righteous, and most of all because we are the righteousness of Christ we are not condemned. The woman caught in adultery was told by Jesus to go and sin no more because there is no one condemning her. Sin cannot take root inside of us if we are in Christ Jesus. If we are in Christ then we are in the righteousness, and if we are in the righteousness then we aren’t condemned by anyone. Sin has no power over us. We can’t stop sinful thoughts to place their selves on our minds, but we do have the power to stop those thoughts from becoming sin.
My friends, we have the power of Jesus Christ inside of us, the resurrection power to cast down imaginations that do not line up with the Word of God. When we reject condemnation we are no longer under the power of our temptations to sin. This is what it means to “Sin No More.”