Alive to God


Do you feel alive to God? When Christ lives inside of us, we are free from sin.

Today’s Reading: Romans 7

Key Verse: Romans 7:24-25a

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We who believe are crucified, dead, and buried with Christ. Therefore, the old sin life has no power over us. There’s a horror story here. The Romans would, from time to time, chain a dead rotting body to a living prisoner. Imagine carrying a body around. The sin life is one of unbearable stench and disease. Who is our Deliverer from sin…from this “body of death?" The answer is found in verse 25. He is “Jesus Christ our Lord!” He lived a pure and holy life, and He lives within the believer. Therefore, we are free from sin.


Dear Lord, as You’ve helped me to remember Galatians 2:20 each morning for years, please keep it coming…”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself for me.” Please Lord, give me the grace and the consistency to keep quoting this powerful motivator for holy living. Amen!


My son is a missionary and professional photographer. When he was 9, 10, and 11 years old and had done something worthy of punishment, I would send him to his room to await my arrival. I’d find him on his knees, begging God to make him a good boy, and to help him not do the wrong thing ever again. One time, I noticed that he looked at me with one eye, the other covered with his hand, in order to see how I was reacting to his prayer. When I would laugh, he knew he had disarmed me and that I would forgive him, as he and I both knew God had already done. Over the years, despite attacks by Satan and cruel people, he has led amazing world missions projects, raising millions of dollars for missions, and overseeing those projects on the ground.

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