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Magnificent Defeat


The meaning behind the paint

“1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

How many times did I read these verses or hear them preached before they really hit home to me on a personal level?  It wasn’t until I got tired of the enemy smacking me down with shame that I began to grab hold of what these verses are saying.

I realized I didn’t have to take the enemies lip anymore…I realized that Jesus Christ had bought the right for me to stand proudly and shamelessly…even when I stumbled, even when I sinned…once I repented, I didn’t have to continue beating myself up for the same crime over and over and over again.  The Lord had taken my penance for me.

 “But now righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished- 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” – Romans 3:21-26

Any time the enemy comes at you when you’ve sinned…maybe you’ve deeply hurt someone you love…many times after we have repented, the devil will come and keep trying to rub our nose in the same shame that we have already been forgiven for.

The enemy is a condemner and a liar…and that is why this verse is so powerful…because we can stand on it and refuse to put ourselves down any longer for our crime.  It has been forgiven…and we are justified through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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