Justified

Message Scripture:

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” – Romans 5:1 (KJV)

Introduction:

The good thing about cold, snowy Friday nights is that they are perfect for being in side, sitting in front of the computer, and allowing the Holy Ghost to teach us some more from our “Growing In Grace” series.  I started this series thinking that we would be able to get through it faster, and so far I really haven’t been able to pick up the pace as much as I would like to.  However, I’m going to take advantage of the flow of the Holy Ghost now cause the anointing to write is strong tonight, and so I’m hoping to work through another message in this series.

With that said.  Let’s get out of the introduction and into the message.

Growing In Grace – Who Can Be Against You?

If this isn’t confirmation about what I’ve been reading over the last few days I don’t know what is.  I’ve seen all week verses and messages about God’s protection over us, and I literally just read 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (KJV) because it’s one of the Verse of the Day from one of my iPhone Apps.  I suppose before I get going I can include those verses because they actually fit in with where I believe Joseph Prince is going to be going with this message.  I believe the Holy Ghost is going to set us up with a running start.  So, let’s see. 

“Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (KJV)

There’s also this one that I just read today, and almost started writing a message on from King James Bible Online:

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”   Psalms 118:6 (KJV)

So, I believe that the Lord has been setting us up for this message all day, and now that I’m sitting here feeling the anointing I’m pretty excited to get going.  So, let’s see if the Holy Ghost and Joseph Prince are going to have us on the same page and see what the opening point of this message is…

“Do you believe that God is for you and not against you? You see, the greatest blessing anyone can have is peace with God through Jesus Christ. To know beyond the shadow of a doubt that all your sins are forgiven is the greatest provision made for you on Calvary’s hill.” – written by Joseph Prince

That’s a great question, isn’t it?  The messages this week really started as I was trying to work on a devotional message for Psalm 91 this week.  I found out that unless the Lord miraculously heals the hernia I have that He’s going to be guiding the hands of a surgeon instead.  I am also going to have to learn for the first time in my life to listen to a doctor’s instructions, and I’m also going to have to learn to allow someone else to wait on me for at least a couple of weeks.  Friends, I said it in the Psalm 91 message Under The Shadow Of The Almighty that no one likes to know that surgery is necessary to fix a problem with our bodies, and it’s really never easy when you’ve been self-sufficient for so long to allow someone to take care of you for a while.  However, that’s exactly what is going to be happening in just a few short weeks…that’s the smaller picture, but as we broaden out the focus we find that very same thing is necessary with Jesus.  We have to learn to completely lay our lives at His feet, and allow Him to lead and guide us through our lives.  Which brings us back to the opening question:  Do we believe God is for us and not against us?

In the context of this series we’re talking about salvation and the forgiveness of sins.  We’re talking about the fact that through the Cross we have been justified with Christ, and are at peace with God.  However, this applies to us in every area of our walk with God whether it’s salvation or divine healing or whatever it is the number one area that every single one of us struggles with from time to time is answering this question:  Is God really for me? 

My former pastor, Stephen Robbins of No Greater Love Family Church used to say often that as believers is the number one area that Christians struggle in is our own walk with God, and reason for the biggest area of struggle is not really knowing that God loves us and is always for us and is never against us.  That to every believer really is the $64,000,000 question…is God really for me and not against me.

Well, friends.  God answered that question with an emphatic “Yes, I Am for you” through the Cross.  That was the point of the Cross…to let us know that God was not only for us, not only that He loved us, but that He desires for each and every one of us to be reconciled to Him.  He wants each and every one of us to have a personal, intimate relationship with Him.  So, the answer to our one burning question is:  “Yes, God really is for you…and NOT against you.”

“Jesus took upon Himself all your sins at the cross. He absorbed all of God’s fiery indignation and judgment against all your sins—past, present and future—so that you can be totally forgiven and have everlasting peace with God.”- written by Joseph Prince

The great argument is about our sin once we become whosoever’s that call upon the name of the Lord.  The argument is that if we sin too greatly or too much that God’s ears will suddenly turn deaf to our cries, and that He’ll just turn us over to our desires and have nothing to do with us.  Now listen, when we become whosoever’s that have called upon the name of the Lord to be saved our lives should begin to change and fruit of that should begin to show in our lives.  However, to suggest that we can out sin the grace of God is one that ultimately is a slap in the face of the One that came to take the punishment of those sins.  Friends. Jesus endured the wrath of God for every sin that every man, woman, and child would ever commit. Jesus took every ounce of the wrath that God was going to pour out upon us.

Listen, I don’t think any of us really can ever grasp just what Jesus went through on His way to the Cross.  I don’t think we understand how it is that a man could be so badly beaten that when the beating was over Jesus no longer even had a form that was able to show that He was a man.  I don’t think we understand the humiliation as the very people He created were mocking Him, beating Him, spitting in His face, and the fact that at no point did He even think to call down the enter host of Heaven to wipe them all off the face of the earth.  He willingly took every punch, every kick, every drop of spit on His face, every drop of blood from His body, all of it…and then He had to carry the weight of ALL of the sin of the world upon His shoulders as He trudged His way to Mount Calvary…oh…didn’t really understand why the Cross was so heavy did you!?!  Think about this every single sin in our lives that we would ever commit Jesus was carrying on His shoulders as He was on His way to the Cross…and you don’t think it’s an insult to Him when we say that His grace, His mercy, His shed blood isn’t enough to cleanse our sin?  You don’t think it’s an insult to say that there is sin greater than the price He paid in order to redeem us from the power and penalty of it!?!   

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again.  The Cross has never been defeated.  We talk all the time in the sports arena about the “greatest of all time”, and about records that will never be broken.  Well, there’s a record that has stood for over 2,000 years that has never been broken, and never will be broken.  The Cross has never, ever lost anything.  It has never, ever been defeated…and it never can be and never will be.

The thing that always happens when you talk or write or preach like this is you get people who think that we’re trying to use sloppy grace or be able to live however we want to live without taking the Cross into account.  I have never, ever said that once we get saved that we should just be able to go back to living life however we want to, and that the Cross is a get out of hell free card.  Not at all.  I’ve said over and over that there should be a genuine change.  There should be some kind of proof that God is working in your life.  There should be signs that the old is passing away, and you are becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus.  I am as far from perfect as I can possibly be, but I know that I’m saved.  I know that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, and I know that I am forgiven.  Every message I write is fruit from my life that says that God changed my life, and if you let Him…He will change yours too.

You see.  I am fully persuaded that God is for me, and not against me.  I am fully persuaded that what Jesus did on the Cross was for me.  I am fully persuaded that I’m washed and cleansed, and that when I close my eyes to this world I’ll spend the rest of eternity with Jesus.  However, it’s not because I’m some great, holy person…it’s SOLELY because I am in Christ.  The ONLY reason I am going to Heaven is because I am a whosoever that’s called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.  I mean, I’m not going to Heaven because I have a ministry, I’m not going to Heaven because I attend the right church, I’m not going to Heaven because of anything I have done…I’m going to Heaven solely based upon the fact that I believed in my heart and confessed with my mouth that what Jesus did on the Cross He did for me.  I’m saved because of the Blood of Jesus…it has nothing at all to do with me.  NOTHING.

With that said, I believe we’ll give Joseph Prince the last word, and cause I believe God has some things to speak to us as we meditate upon something from the previous point.  I don’t want to get in the Lord’s way.  So, let’s give the last word to this message, and get out of His way. Amen!?!

So today, there is nothing between you and God. There is no more sin, no more shame and no more condemnation! And if God is for you, who can be against you? Now, what will you do knowing that all His favor, wisdom, heavenly provision and blessings are backing you up, and that you cannot fail? – written by Joseph Prince

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word.  I thank You for what You are about to speak to us tonight as we meditate upon Your Word, upon Your Truth, and Lord we lay aside all the distractions that would seek to keep us from hearing what You’re about to speak, and what You already have spoken through this message.  We love You, Lord.  We give You the glory, honor, and praise.  We give You access to our lives, our hearts, and minds.  We ask You, Lord God, to speak and as always to give us ears to hear what You are wanting so say, and hearts that will be receptive and respond to what You are about to speak, and what You already have spoken.  In Jesus name. Amen & Amen

In Closing:

Meditate upon these words tonight.  They may just change your life…and for some of you they may save it!

He absorbed all of God’s fiery indignation and judgment against all your sins—past, present and future—so that you can be totally forgiven and have everlasting peace with God.”- written by Joseph Prince

Glory to God. I’m not going to write a long closing to this message. I know that I need to get out-of-the-way so that I can get this message proof read and posted because some of you need to meditate upon the words of this message TONIGHT. So, with all that said I’m going to say thank you for your faithfulness, your patience, and for being part of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family.

Blessings & Grace to you,

Pastor B

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