Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Stand Luke and Ephesians Ask Matthew and John and Matthew Why do we read of these testimonies with skepticism? There are thousands of testimonies from people whose lives have been transformed in incredible ways. Many of these people's lives were worse than a rock star or a dictator. The fact is that there is nothing that God's grace can't erase.
When I look at my own life, and consider all that God has done in me, I am even more convinced that there is nothing that God's grace can't erase. This is the message of Romans Paul is saying, in this wonderful passage, that though our lives have been ruined by sin, we have been rescued by grace. Rom "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom "For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Sin utterly destroys lives through its presence, through its power, and through the penalty we ultimately pay. Rom "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul says those who receive God's abundant provision of grace also receive the gift of righteousness, and that gift enables them to have real life. Then they found Jesus Christ, and their lives were lifted to greatness. Many marveled, rejoiced, and even wept at the honor paid to Winston Churchill by England. He was the first commoner in the history of England to receive a royal burial. But that was nothing compared to the honor given to these first followers who were lifted from the doldrums of meaningless life to be a part of the purposes of God.
What a powerful thing to be linked in partnership with God! I have been lifted into partnership with God when I have linked my life with Him. I can't understand how people, who are made in the image of God, with all the rich possibilities of human personality can be content all of their lives to throw an empty bucket into an empty well and grow old drawing up nothing.
It just doesn't make sense when you could know the joy of partnership with God. To be alive to God means that a person has been lifted into Romans 6:23 (Instrumental) with the creative purposes of God. To be alive to God finally means that a person rises above circumstances to triumph in time of trouble. When someone mentions trouble, we listen because each of us at one time or another has faced trouble. If you haven't experienced trouble, at some point down the road, trouble has a date with you.
You're not going to avoid it. It's going to come and be a part of your existence. You will come face-to-face with trouble, but you do not have to be defeated even with that trouble. To be alive to God means you can rise above circumstances to triumph even in trouble. Several years ago I visited a woman who had more trouble than any one person ever ought to have to bear. I went to minister to her, but I went away feeling that she had ministered to me. She said to me, "I am learning that this trouble is not merely a burden I must learn to bear.
It is an opportunity that I must learn to use. She knew what it meant to be alive to God. Most of us try to dodge trouble, Romans 6:23 (Instrumental). We try to escape it or run away from it, but those who are alive to God treat trouble as an opportunity and rise above it in order to triumph over it. Have you ever thought about what an engineering marvel a dam is? As dams stretch across canyons and river basins, these concrete barricades and electric generators provide electricity to light up American cities.
Following the path of least resistance, water flows down mountains and hills through valleys and hollows seeking an ever-lower spot. But man comes along with a plan, machinery, and concrete.
A dam grows taller and stronger until completion. The water stops, the reservoir fills, and a lake is born. But from higher ground the water continues to come. The lake and reservoir fill to capacity, and the water Romans 6:23 (Instrumental) to push its way over the sides of the dam. From the resulting spillway overflow, hydroelectric power lights a city. Life is like that.
A time will come in your life and mine when some trouble will drive a dam - an obstruction - and say, "You can't pass. Instead, we have a continuous strength and rising until at last the water of our experience rises over the spillway. We rise above circumstance; we triumph over our troubles.
A changed life - that has been the Romans 6:23 (Instrumental) at the heart of Christianity from its beginning. It's the story of being made alive to God. It's the story of the stirring of the spiritual self and coming alive in Jesus.
And what a glorious story it is, a story that the world needs to hear. The world is dying and needs to hear that story. You'll not find anything better because herein is the complement of the human life that is created by God and now finds its fulfillment in God. The soul that was dead in sin becomes dead to sin and alive to God.
That transformation is what it means to become a Christian. Salvation is not just that we go through the mechanics of a faith and have our name on a roll and attend church occasionally. That's Romans 6:23 (Instrumental) salvation at all. Salvation comes as we become dead to sin and alive to God. Salvation changes our lives. The experience of salvation links us with the creative purposes of God and causes us to rise above our circumstances to triumph over every experience of life.
Have you experienced this new life personally? Do you have that salvation? You can have it today through faith in Jesus Christ.
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You Lead. Collegiate Week Collegiate Summit. Tribe WorshipLife. Camps Events. Search by keyword, title, author, isbn, etc. Easter sermon: Alive from the Dead! Scriptures: Romans Introduction God has transformed a person's life lifted into partnership with the creative purpose of God rising above circumstances to triumph in time of trouble. Dead in sin Alive from what?
What does it mean to be dead in sin? Paul gives a description in Ephesians Read the passage. Caught in the world To be dead in sin first means to be caught up in the drudgery of this life. Without meaning To be dead in sin also means to have only emptiness and a formality about life. Lacking spiritual sense To be dead in sin finally means to have spiritual senses that are completely lifeless. Dead to sin Paul talks about being dead to sin. What does it mean when an individual becomes dead to sin?
Free from sin's control To be dead to sin first means that a person is no longer controlled by the tyranny of sin. Free from the world's pressures To be dead to sin also means that a person is no longer dominated by the pressures of this world. Free from the fear of Romans 6:23 (Instrumental) To be dead to sin finally means that a person is no longer a slave to the fear of death. Alive to God Here is a man who was dead, but now he is alive What does that mean?
Why is it important that we understand what it means to be alive to God? I believe being alive to God means three things. Transformed life To be alive to God first means that God has transformed a person's life.
Transferred purpose To be alive to God also means that a person is lifted into partnership with the creative purpose of God. Transcending triumph To be alive to God finally means that a person rises above circumstances to triumph in time of trouble.
Conclusion A changed life - that has been the story at the heart of Christianity from its beginning. James T. He is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and also served as chairman of trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 20 Christian books and has traveled to 33 countries, leading in evangelistic services and activities, as well as other types of conferences and meetings with missionaries and nationals.
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