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Guilty As Charged – David Brannock

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Romans 3:19, NIV

ID-100159306Blue lights flashed behind me. I pulled over, my stomach in a knot. Ten miles an hour too fast earned me a ticket.

Rather than mail the fine, I attended traffic court. Perhaps my case would be dismissed because the officer didn’t show. Or maybe the judge would offer leniency after hearing my explanation.

A mechanic had found my speedometer only registered 55 when the car went 60 and, besides, I was on the interstate going downhill with no traffic. Under these circumstances, shouldn’t a warning be sufficient?

The judge called my name and asked, “How do you plead?” I stepped to the microphone and opened my mouth, but no words came. I realized my planned defense was worthless.

The truth of Romans 3:19 hit home: I was guilty. Taking the faulty speedometer into account, I was still speeding. No amount of spin could deny I had broken the law. “Guilty, your honor.”

Someday I will stand before the ultimate Judge to give an account of my life. Based on God’s holy standards in Scripture, I’ll have no excuses for doing what was wrong and not doing what was right. I will be guilty as charged. Yet through faith, I believe Jesus paid the penalty for my sins on the cross.

Commit or recommit to letting Jesus steer your life. He will wipe away all your past violations and help you obey the rest of your journey. And when your name is called in God’s courtroom, you won’t have to worry about how you will plead. Christ will defend you.

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David Brannock (1) David Brannock is a passionate author and speaker. He served as a pastor for seventeen years before following God into the ministry of the Word through both written and oral stories. Visit his blog “Set Free to Soar” at davidbrannock.blogspot.com. He lives in Greeneville, Tennessee, with his wife, daughter, and three cats.
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