with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
May 21
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ...
Romans 5:1
By embracing the simple fact that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, we have peace with God. Why, then do so many Christians still fight Him?

It was in 1972 that the last Imperial Japanese soldier was discovered on a South Sea island. Because he was living in complete isolation, he hadn’t heard the news that the war was over. So there he was — still building fortifications, ready to hold off the American invasion of his little atoll.

‘What a waste,’ you say. ‘He could have been enjoying the Japanese economic boom, but instead he was stuck on an island, fighting malaria — all because he didn’t hear that a peace treaty had been signed.’

Yet it’s amazing how many of us do the same thing. ‘I hope the Lord doesn’t come down on me for this, or get mad at me for that,’ we think. ‘He must be really upset with me. I better hide here in the jungle.’

We don’t get it! The war is over! We have peace with God. The sin which separated us from God is forgiven and forgotten completely because of what Jesus Christ did for us.

Gang, whether you’ve prayed for three hours today, or you haven’t prayed in three months, the war is still over. If you are a believer in what God the Father did for you in sending Jesus Christ to die in place of you, then you are righteous — justified by faith. We have a tendency to fall back into thinking we have to earn something or prove something to the Father. Not so. We can relax in our relationship with Him, talk to Him freely, and fellowship with Him continually because we have peace with Him eternally.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.