Peace and Joy

“Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through 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

Our faith in Lord Jesus Christ makes us righteous in the sight of God. It’s a provision that God made when he saw that we were unable to uphold the obligation of work. God calls us righteous on the basis of faith and not our works so that no one could boast on anything except God’s finished work through his son Jesus Christ.

Faith of a child of God cries out through the spirit of sonship “Abba Father” and declares that we are children of God. The moment faith turns into action (by speaking), we come in agreement with what God had announced when he made his covenant with us, “Today I have become your father.”. In order for us to receive the inheritance as children of God our unseen faith needs to be confessed by our mouth.

When we proclaim out loud God’s covenant, we give a chance to Godly peace to reign in our lives. The peace that surpasses all knowledge becomes active in our lives and we begin to see a change in the way we treat ourselves and others.

Faith is an active force that doesn’t let us stay at one place but energizes us to proceed to the place of grace. It works similar to the way a permission is applied for and granted in order to gain an access to a different country. Faith is the granted permission that gives us privilege to enter into a new country, called grace. The place where we were before was built on the foundation of written code of laws and regulations but the place of grace has its foundation on spoken promises of God. The grace adds adequate strength to a child of God that enables him to lead a Godly life. What we can’t achieve on our own, grace accomplishes through us. Grace fill us with power to thank God in most adverse situations. Grace turns an ordinary man into an extraordinary witness for Christ.

The place of grace is the promised land where the Israelites couldn’t enter because of their lack of faith. The place of grace still promises great unseen blessings that remain unseen until our faith mixed with the word of God turns them into reality.

The place of grace is surrounded with Godly peace. When a child of God stands in Godly peace, he doesn’t remain silent but rejoices not to see the answer to his prayers but in the hope of the glory of God. This new place doesn’t work on the natural principle of cause and effect, where a certain cause gives rise to a specific effect but on the reverse Kingdom principle where the cause is known by the effect it produces. Sometimes, we doubt if faith exists in our lives when we don’t see the answers to our prayers for a long time, but the verse makes it clear that those who have peace (effect) with God, have already been justified (cause) by God. And what remains next is to enter into the promised land to receive new blessings.