Free at Last!

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
 
I once heard the story of Jorg Gerkner, a young Nazi prisoner of war, captured in 1943 and held in an American prison camp. He knew his guilt and felt his condemnation. Gerkner managed to escape prison and spent years living a lie for fear of being caught. He even kept the truth from his wife. Every second glance from a stranger stirred his paranoia that judgement would find him. At age 64, after confessing to his wife, Gerkner turned himself in, expecting judgment. Instead, he was released from all charges and allowed to become an American citizen.
Romans 1-4 tells us that we are like this convict. We feel a measure of freedom in this life, but our guilt hovers over everything. We feel our day in court is coming. We will face the Judge! We say to ourselves, God won’t let us off so easy. We have committed treason against God, punishable by eternal separation in hell. 
The greatest words we can ever hear are that we have been cleared of all charges in the courts of heaven. Understanding why is even greater: Christ Jesus loves us, “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer: At the the cross, You took my guilt and served my sentence, Lord Jesus. I can never thank You enough!


God Comes Through

God Comes Through
 
Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my Salvation. Psalm 27:9
 
The movie scenes in action films are typical. The hero has suffered a mortal wound. A companion pleads “Hang on. Help is coming!” Many times that help never arrives.
We often view God that way. We know that He can help us, but we’re unsure if He’ll come through. David seemed to express a similar feeling in Psalm 27. He pleaded with God not to hide His face from him, not to reject him in his time of need. However, even in his faltering cry, David recalled his history with God. He remembered that God had not forsaken him in the past, and he trusted that God would come through again.
 
When you and I get bombarded with fear that the Lord may not hear us or may have abandoned us, recall how God has always been faithful. Not once has He forsaken His children. Remember your history with God and stamp your trust in the same declaration David made, “God of my salvation!”  In the time of your deepest need, God came through!
 
Devotion from Open Windows, Sunday, July 31