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It's time to live awakened!

When I was a kid, my brother and I had very different ways of waking up.  Our rooms were across the hall from each other, and we both had an alarm clock radio.  The alarm clock radio was genius!  You could wake up to an alarm OR you could set it to wake up to your favorite radio station, OR (even batter) set it to wake up to any pre-set recording you had on a cassette tape (if you don't know what that is, Google it). On any given day, I woke up to Bobby McFerrin singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy," or Kool & the Gang's "Celebration."  My brother, however, used the standard alarm... which sounded like an air raid siren... only louder.

I would wake up happy and ready to get the day started.  My brother woke up annoyed and in a grumpy mood.  One Saturday morning, he forgot to turn his alarm off since it wasn't a school day.  About 6 AM, I heard the air raid siren going off across the hall, thinking, "Really?  Really?! REALLY?!"  And it didn&…

So now there is NO condemnation...

Condemnation.  How often to we look in the mirror and see a broken image of what we'd hoped to be reflected?  People will hang condemnation of all kinds on you - there's little you can do about that.  But what you can do something about is how you respond, and how you see yourself.

When we buy into the lies of condemnation, we're doomed.  Condemnation tells us that we can't change, we can't be changed, and nothing will ever change.

Condemnation lies.  Jesus changes everything!

It's true that in your own strength and intellect and goodness, that you may never force the change in your life that you know full-well needs to happen.  And maybe that's the point.  When I DYI spirituality and emotional health, I continue to see myself as a fixer-upper.

Romans 8 begins with the proclamation, "So now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!"  So, if God doesn't condemn us,why do we accept the lies of self-condemnation to penetrate ou…