Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
One of the most amazing truths of the Word of God is the justification of the believer. Salvation in Jesus Christ gives us so many beautiful things.
Forgiveness of sins, a home in Heaven, adoption into His royal family, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, the imputed righteousness of Jesus, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and so much more became ours when we placed our faith in Jesus Christ.
Justification in Jesus Christ is being seen by the Father as if I had never sinned. We know and are acutely aware of all our faults and failures. We are reminded by the enemy and are bombarded with guilt and shame after we sin.
Faith draws us to forgiveness and restoration of our relationship with the Father through confession and repentance. The biblical teaching of forgiveness must include the character of God and His love toward us.
God’s love toward us is not dependent nor changed when we sin. His love is everlasting, unchanging, and unconditional. God viewed sin as the deterrent that keeps us from having fellowship with Himself. His love culminated in the giving of His only begotten Son, Jesus, for the propitiation for our sins.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Maintaining a clear separation in our hearts and minds keeps us from being placed in the bondage sin brings by the accusations of our enemy, Satan.
God’s provision through Jesus’ blood allows us to restore our relationship with God early and often.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Satan loves to muddy the waters and muddle the minds of God’s children when we do not fully understand and apply the promises of God. Discipleship is the church’s vehicle to administer God’s truth to God’s people.
The more we know the truth, the more firm we can stand against the lies of our enemy and combat the guilt and shame that sin brings.
We have a principle in our faith-based addiction program, RU Recovery, that says:
“God balances guilt with blame. If we accept the blame, He removes the guilt” based on:
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We cannot lose what God says is eternal. To think I can lose and gain back the salvation of God based on my works is unscriptural and a lie of Satan.
Every child of God is eternally secure in the promise God gives to us when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. To know that we are seen as righteous before a holy God can only come from Him.
Combat the lies of Satan with the truth.
Memorize God’s Word.
When the lies come, recite the scripture that refutes it and watch the devil flee.