Memory Verse: Romans 5: 1 – “Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”
Know where you stand with God
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ .”
The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says
Until you understand how God views you, you will struggle for His approval and worry that you never measure up. Is that how you feel today? If so, meditate on the following Scriptures and let them remove your doubts.
1) ‘Through Him we … become … [acceptable and in right relationship with] [God]’ (2 Corinthians 5:21AMP). Unworthiness is one of the greatest weapons Satan has against you, so take it out of his hands.
In a sense, God has put a screen between you and Himself; it is the blood of Jesus. And when He looks at you through that screen He sees you as righteous and forgiven of all sins. That is why we call it ‘amazing grace’.
2) ‘[Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be … credited to us … who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God’ (Romans 4:24 AMP).
Did you get that? All the righteousness needed to get into heaven - is credited to your account the moment you put your trust in Christ. As a Christian, there is a difference between your position and your condition.
When you sin, it affects your condition. But your fixed position is ‘in Christ’ (see Romans 8:1). You say, ‘But what about my shortcomings?’. That is your condition, and the Holy Spirit is working on it every day (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Transformation, which means ‘to change form’, is a daily process. And while you’re in that process God views you as righteous! In other words, righteousness is not a performance but a position. And God put you into that position the moment He saved you. Now you know where you stand with God.
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