Fully Alive

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Romans 5:1-11

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 boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Exulting should be a trademark of the Christian life.  What does exulting mean? A joy-filled spirit in response to what Christ has done.

Do you feel overwhelmed with the joy you have in Christ?  Does hope define your existence? Not worldly hope- that lacks surety but rather Godly hope- which means that it is settled, we can be confident-a guaranteed outcome.

Do you believe that God’s power can do in you what He intends, that He is working all things for your good?  Do you ever question your salvation in times of distress, wondering if you truly are forgiven and reconciled to God?

Our salvation is final, absolute, complete, and secure-period.

So why do we doubt?

Why do our days fail to reveal a confident hope and peace in the promises of God? 

“The present life and the coming glory are inseparably connected in God and in us. There is sometimes a danger of separating them.  It is always easier to be engaged with the Christianity of the past or the future than to be faithful in the Christianity of today.

As we look to what God has done in the past, or will do in time to come, the personal claim of present duty and present submission to His working may be avoided…There is such scope in the study of coming events for imagination and reason and human ingenuity, that nothing but deeply humble waiting on God can save us from mistaking the interest and pleasure of intellectual study for the true love of Him and His appearing.

All you who say you wait for Christ’s coming, be sure that you wait on God now.”  Andrew Murray  Waiting on God

We are looking at what God has done in Scripture (in the past)- but we need to claim those promises today.  Daily.  Meditate on them- memorize them- make them the air we breathe.  For the world (and Satan-our adversary) are working to deceive us, to make us doubt, to trip us up.

Any way that he can make us ineffective- he will.  Doubting God’s goodness to us is at the heart of this battle.  Doubting that our salvation is complete and sure- that He truly forgives us for all our sins also.  We are redeemed- God’s grace is poured out on us TODAY.  Right now (Romans 5:2).

We stand in grace.  We are at peace with God.  Let those words soak in.  You stand in grace.  You are at peace with God.

This does not depend on our obedience- we are reconciled to God in our sinful state.  You do not have to “change” to be acceptable to God. We are saved from His wrath by Jesus Christ.

When we have a genuine salvation experience- when our hearts are changed and we receive the Holy Spirit-we can have confidence in our new position as adopted sons and daughters of God.

I want to live- fully alive- and confident in the knowledge of my salvation.  So that joy may permeate my life. 

The love that God pours into us through the Holy Spirit when we receive Him is a gift that is meant to be shared.

We need to share with other believers and encourage their hearts- to share with neighbors, friends, coworkers, those who do not yet know the freedom that can be found in Christ.

As I look again over Romans- all the notes I have taken- the posts I have written, the prayers I have lifted- I realize that these truths still have not reached my core- I am not yet fully secure in the reality of God in me.

I believe this is a continual work that God is doing.  As this truth becomes the essence, the core of who I am- as I release more of my “worldly identity” and find myself in Christ alone- I believe that through His Holy Spirit working in me I will be transformed (Phil. 1:6).

I want to be filled with joy and holy expectancy- HOPE.  Even in the midst of hard times- on days when I am lonely or our family experiences a crisis- I want to have joy and thankfulness continually.

Through Jesus’ example we see one who gives thanks in all circumstances.  We are called by Peter and Paul to give thanks in everything.

How different we are from the world when we don’t wallow in defeat when it seems like chips have fallen against us- but we stand instead in the strength and confidence of the Lord’s deliverance.

David always praised God- even when He was being persecuted (Psalm 69).  I want to live like that- to lift my hands in praise even when my heart feels heavy with burdens.

Lord, may we submit ourselves to your work in us.  May we be transformed by your joy and peace permeating our very existence.  That our lives might give glory to You and be a testimony of Your Spirit’s presence in us.  May the gospel penetrate deeply into our souls- reviving us and bringing about fruit of the spirit.  As we seek you day to day, moment by moment Lord- as we read your Word and commit our lives to you in prayer- renew us and free us from our worldly selves- that we may be subject to You alone.  By the power of God, through the saving work of Jesus Christ, all glory is Yours Now and Forever.  Amen.

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23 Responses to Fully Alive

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  2. Eileen says:

    “we need to claim those promises today. ” Beautiful reminder.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Eileen. Romans has been such a transformational book for me during this season of life. So thankful that God patiently molds us and renews us as we seek Him. That definitely fills me with joy! :) God bless you.

  3. “How different we are from the world when we don’t wallow in defeat when it seems like chips have fallen against us- but we stand instead in the strength and confidence of the Lord’s deliverance.” I loved your post. I want to make sure that I am living a life based on the joy He has given me! Thank you so much for linking up today!


    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Shari! :) I appreciate the opportunity to continue to share what the Lord is laying on my heart as I seek Him daily- so thankful for opportunities to share with other women and encourage each other as we seek to be obedient to the Lord. God bless you.

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  9. Thanks so much for linking up at Mercy(INK)! Will be featuring your post later today :) blessings,


    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Lauren-hope you have a great week. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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  18. Nichole says:

    Is the photo of the girl jumping in the water at the beach a stock photo or is it your personal image? I would like to use it for a flyer and would like to find out how i can get permission to use it. I work for a faith based org and if i use this image for a promo flyer our marketing department is going to want to know if i got the rights to use it. Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Nichole- Sorry for the late reply. All my images are from flikr. It would be good to check out the permissions on the photo before using it.

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