The Romans Project (Chapter 6)

“Because the truth is a lot of us are a wreck, but God saved us all from the wreckage. You don’t have to go down with the ship when God has sent you a lifeboat.”

I’ve been pushing this back for a long time now, but not anymore. I’ve been under attack and I’m finally beginning to see the pattern. I strongly believe that there is something powerful contained within the notes I took over Romans 6, and by deciding to share that, Satan has been busy trying to persuade me in doing otherwise.

This is not to say that it’s all me—on the contrary what I am saying is that the things God spoke to me while studying this chapter are things that others out there need to hear as well. Anytime you do work for the kingdom or go to put something in motion to build up the kingdom that’s usually when Satan comes rearing his ugly head. Understand the pattern, press forward and continue doing the will of the Father.

I was instructed (by the Lord) to study Romans 6-8 because I was struggling with understanding the importance of His sacrifice, the power of His grace and mercy…studying Romans 6 helped me to see I had to stop beating myself up or discounting God’s power every time I fell. Basically what I was saying when I did that was, “God can save anyone. Just not me.”

My prayer for you is that as you come along with me on this journey through Romans 6 is that you will learn not to put so much pressure on yourself to be…well…PERFECT. God gave us freedom in Him—He already knows we’ll fall, but He also made a way for us to get back up and into the fight.

We’ll start with Romans 6:1,

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (Rom. 6:1 KJV)

Here are my three points for Rom. 6:1,

  1. Grace is something that helps me get up when I fall, but it was not intended to be something used to foot every bill I rack up. Grace already paid the bill—therefore I no longer live unrighteously.
  2. Jesus gave His life so I wouldn’t have to pay with mine.
  3. I can’t worry about the bumps and bruises, and the marks and scars because the road is difficult and I’m going to get plenty of them. All I can do is stay focused and keep my eyes on God.

Take time to read these three points, internalize them…now let’s get into it.

 

I was going back and forth between, “Oh God, I’ve failed You again! I’m not worthy to be used by You,” and “Well…there’s no point in me trying. I’m just going to fail again anyway so…”

The first thing God had me do was look up the word: ABOUND, which led to the words COPIOUSLY and PREVALENT.

ABOUND: To be present in large numbers or in great quantity—be prevalent; to be copiously supplied.

COPIOUSLY: (Copious) yielding something abundantly; plentiful in number; full of thought, information, or matter; profuse or exuberant in words, expression, or style; present in large quantity—taking place on a large scale; plentiful.

PREVALENT: Powerful; being in ascendancy (governing or controlling influence)—dominant; generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored—widespread.

So, looking at all three of these definitions grace is abundant, plentiful in nature, powerful…but it does run out after while. Understand this: God pours out His grace and His mercy upon us every morning we see, because we were not fit to see the next day yet here we are. However this does not mean that we can live our lives any kind of way and expect God to keep giving us a pass. To be frank, God is not giving us a pass; God is giving us another chance to realign ourselves to His will and come back home to Him.

“We don’t sin in the hope that grace will cover the tab. We stop sinning because it already has. When you keep letting grace foot the bill you rack up, eventually you’re going to find yourself in steep with a loan you can’t pay back. Someday, you are going to have to pay the bill only this time it will be paid with your life, not His.”

Jesus’s sacrifice redeem us and washed us new. His sacrifice gave us a second chance at life because man’s wickedness was so great that God really should have wiped us all off the face of the earth, and He would have had Jesus not stepped up and said, “I’ll go.”

That being said, our life is on loan and there’s two options after this: eternal life or eternal death. You will have to leave here at some point; free will allows us to have a choice but it doesn’t mean we are free from the consequences of those choices, yet that’s how we treat God’s grace sometimes. I know I did,

“Well, I’m not dead so I guess He forgave me.”

(Whenever I got that conviction to repent) “Oh, but that was a long while ago” (like a five hours ago) “I know God has forgiven me for that.”

Or the most common one of all, “I don’t really feel sorry and I don’t think I should repent until I do because I don’t want to come across as insincere,” (and when I eventually did feel sincere) “I almost forgot about that one…um…I mean, You forgave me right God? I mean, of course You did.”

And I moved right on along with life…

So God told me this, “Jesus already did it—for you. Grace isn’t there for you to skate by—it was made for you to live, to get up when you fall. Grace was not meant for you to to sit idly by and watch your life go down in flames.”

I’ll never forget what God told me one day, after He let me get a glimpse of my wings and robe, “You can make heaven, too; you don’t have to go to hell. You can make heaven, too.”

Now I’m telling you—you do not have to settle for a one way trip to hell because Jesus negated that with His life. You DO have a choice, so choose LIFE! God did not give us grace so that we would go to hell anyway. God’s desire is that all of us as His children come home to be with Him in heaven.

I’ll be honest with you…when He told me what His grace was designed for I immediately felt that pressure to be perfect, to be flawless. God reminded me that this was impossible which made me think what was the point. I understood that I needed to get up and get back in line with His will, but I missed the point entirely that I don’t need to be perfect; I just need to be willing.

“It’s a process. It takes time and diligence, patience. You can’t just up and quit every time it gets hard. You have to see things through because it is going to get difficult, but grace is there to cover you when you fall and to keep you when you fail. Don’t worry about the bumps and bruises, the marks and the scars—you’re going to get plenty of them.” Keep your focus on God, because He’s with you every step of the way.

The Holy Spirit then spoke something to me, “You’re not perfect.” He then gave me a reality check, “You frequently beat down and mock others for their own inadequacies and never take responsibility for your own. Stop judging people by comparing them to you and compare yourself to God. Take heart in His refuge and find yourself modeling after Him. And when you see yourself comparing yourself to others, stop and take a moment to compare yourself in this Word—see where you can use improvement.

“Because the truth is a lot of us are a wreck, but God saved us all from the wreckage. You don’t have to go down with the ship when God has sent you a lifeboat.”

I needed that reality check because I got that boost I needed to get up, but being typical Jacqueline, I got ahead of myself and forgot just that quick: how much I needed God’s grace, how much I abused God’s grace, the rut I was in…how far I had strayed…I forgot about all of that and immediately began to put myself on this pedestal that God expediently tore down.

When it comes down to it, we all need grace and mercy but we need to learn how to give it to others in return.

So, let’s review:

  • Grace was intended to give us another chance to come clean, to get right with God and get up from the mess He freed us from. What grace is NOT is a free pass to do whatever we want, however we please. It is because of His grace that we strive to turn away from our sins, because Jesus took on the blame for us and He didn’t have to…yet He did. We owe Him a lot for that.
  • There’s nothing we can do to obtain grace; God gives it to us willingly because of His love for us. We don’t have to be perfect, just willing. Don’t forget though that the same grace and mercy God gives to us is the same we ought to show to those around us. We are not the standard—God is.
  • No matter how many times you fall, or however many times you get hit, get back up. You don’t have to settle for going to hell when grace was extended for you to make heaven. You can have heaven, too—all you have to do is get up.

 

To be continued…

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