“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans 8:33
The first word in Romans 8:33 calls attention to anyone who dares to accuse God’s hand selected. Phew, so we are not condemned and do not have to fear accusations although they may come they cannot stand against us, but what about guilt? Isn’t guilt a form of inner conflict? Guilt implies that instead of an external person pointing the finger at us despite God justifying us, we are foolishly and mistakenly pointing the finger at ourselves. Thank God, we fall into the “who” category of people unqualified to condemn us. Who also includes those in authority. Granted, the people who have been given authority over us are to be respected and honored as such; however, any charge or offense against us does not supersede God’s justification of us. What I am saying is that if we break a social or constitutional law, charges will be brought up against us. After the trial and the final consequence of those charges is rendered despite what the outcome may be we still are justified by God because of Jesus Christ blood. We have right standing with God. This does not mean that we should break laws because God will forgive us, but we should know that God will forgive us even if society does not.
Satan comes in and highlights our failures of the day or even our entire lifetime repeatedly to trick us into second guessing out favorable standing with God Almighty. This right standing with God is not a license to sin or become or remain complacent but rather a motivator to do even greater works because we do not have to be troubled with what we are not because of Who God is, our Justifier. God justifying us is huge in the battle for our peace of mind, freedom from guilt, and newness in life. Strong’s Concordance defines “to justify,” as to declare, pronounce, make righteous, God declaring men righteous who put their faith in Jesus Christ thus becoming acceptable, approved of; receiving the pardon of sins and eternal life. The sheer knowledge of us being acceptable to the Most Holy, Most High, True and living God sends reassuring sighs of relief to my afflicted heart. When I consider how the enemy once made people appear as gods to me and convinced me that I was less than. Then I remember that I am elect and justified, and it all begins to make sense.
“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10
Obviously, the enemy’s job is to say the opposite of the truth. All these years he has been trying to convince a justified people that they are condemned. Frustrated, as he fruitlessly tries to make the forgiven feel guilty, the set free hold chains, the healed respond to life out of their broken place rather than their delivered state of being, his day is coming when he will be silenced for good. Until then, we must remember why we often feel shipwrecked; however, we know that we have the loot. We must remember the blood that was poured out generously as we fight this invisible war within against the father of lies. My brothers & sisters when guilt, bitterness, anger, doubt, and fear creep up sit them down with the word of God and the reality of the matter. We have right standing with the Creator, Ruler, Redeemer, Deliverer, Waymaker, and God of All. There is nothing to feel guilty about; we have been blood-washed, redeemed and set free from those emotions that once held us captive.
Images Courtesy of Pixabay