When I think of the attributes we possess as children of God, the word justified, honestly, is not one of the first that comes to mind. I usually think of forgiven, redeemed, or chosen—all incredible benefits of calling Jesus “Lord”. When I think of those three words, I feel overwhelmed with sweet adoration for Jesus, but when I think of the word justified, I feel a sense of authority. I’m writing this not to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I’m writing to put wind in your sails and remind you that you’re a fighter and a victor—something I’ve been reminded of lately.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word justified means to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.
As I read the story of the fall of Jericho the other day, I had a change of heart about a situation I was facing. If you’re unfamiliar with the story—disclaimer, I’ve grown up in church and still didn’t know the full story—Joshua 6:1-20 tells the story of a man named Joshua to whom God promised the city of Jericho—a city surrounded by walls with a tightly-sealed gate. God gave Joshua instructions in verses 3-5 that said, “You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days,” and He promised Joshua “The walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
Right off the bat, we can see that Joshua was completely justified by God to have the city of Jericho. In God’s eyes, Joshua was worthy of leading the city he had not yet seized.
Like Joshua, we are all justified as children of God, simply because of whose we are. Jesus paid the highest price to bring us justification, and for no reason other than His love for us. Second, God has promised us all a number of things for which He has justified us. Whether it be successful jobs, healthy relationships, peace of mind, emotional healing, or a number of other things, because we are His, we are justified and good enough to claim those things in His Name. But like Joshua, we still have to march into our victory. Better yet, we get to march. God gives us the privilege to take part in His process. He certainly doesn’t need us, but He wants us to join with Him in claiming our victory. What a privilege!
Now back to the story. After Joshua relayed God’s instructions to his people, they marched around the city once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day.
“The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!” (verse 16)
Joshua and his men didn’t just march once to see the walls fall with holy thunder. He marched six times over six days and seven times on the seventh. He marched with his men, priests, rams’ horns, the Ark of the Covenant, and more. If this shows us anything about claiming our justification in Christ, it should remind us that it’s not always easy; it’s sometimes inconvenient, but it’s always worth it. Every day, live with the belief that you are faithfully moving one step closer to the things for which you’ve been justified. Just as Joshua shouted to his people, “The Lord has given you the town,” I’m shouting to you, “The Lord has given you every good and perfect thing!” All you have to do is walk into the promise.
What have you been justified for that you have yet to march toward? A job? Healing? A settled heart?
No matter what your situation looks like, always remember: You are justified. Jesus didn’t just die on the cross to pay for our sins. He died on the cross to justify us in front of our Father. For that reason, we are justified in this life as well.
Now it’s time to march! Remind yourself of something God has promised you. Stand up, be bold, walk with confidence, walk in authority, and take your place. What can the enemy take from someone who knows the weight of the price paid for their justification?
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Lindsey Raygan is a 23-year old, blonde-as-can-be, lover of Jesus and people. She serves in full-time ministry as the Social Media Coordinator for her church in Birmingham, Alabama. When she’s not writing up the next post, she loves cozying up on her couch with a good movie on, or traveling the world with her best friends. She’s a firm believer that if you knew everyone’s story, there’s no person you wouldn’t love.