Good morning to all who read this devotion.
I pray that today will be a very special day for you. A day full of blessings from God to you.
Someone asked me in an email, “now just
what does justification mean?” After thinking about and praying about how to answer that. Hear is my reply. Do we know
what it feels like to be in the wrong? You know that sinking feeling of knowing that we did something wrong and now it's time
to own up and face the consequences. I mean like breaking the speed limit and seeing those red lights flashing in your rear
view mirror. Or maybe you were confronted by someone that you spoke bad about?
But what I need to deal with this morning is being
wrong, sinfully wrong, in the eyes of almighty God? My friends all it takes to be in the wrong with God is to fall short of
His perfect standards. Did you hear, “perfect standards?” You know that which our Godless government tells us
we cannot have in our schools anymore, the ten commandments. And how about this, “For whosoever shall keep the whole
law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) Now the consequences of falling short of meeting
God’s “prefect standard” is eternal in nature. Standing as an imperfect sinner before a perfectly holy God.
Now that is something so horrific that it's hard to fathom.
But hey, I got some good news for you all this
morning! Yea, good news! Hear ye the Word of God. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
The Bible, God’s Word defines justification
as the act of making wrong into right, of turning guilty into innocent, of changing unjust into just. It's God declaring a
sinner is now a saint. In God’s eyes, when a person is justified, it's as though they had never sinned. Their record
is perfect, and it will stay that way forever.
How does this happen, you may be asking? Look
at Romans 5:1 again. We are "justified by faith." God has determined that if we trust in Jesus Christ, and if we believe what
God has revealed to us, then we are no longer wrong but right
“Justified by faith“, it is our faith
that sets us right in God's eyes. And then we can have “peace with God” through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember what Jesus said in,
(John 14:27) “Peace I leave with you, my
peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Are you guilty sinner or have you been justified
by God and found not guilty?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Loving You In Jesus Christ,
Pastor David McGee