Thursday, December 5, 2013

Galatians 1-3

The book of Galatians is another letter from Paul.  I keep reminding myself of how much Jesus has changed him.  Remember his earlier days, persecuting those who believed in Jesus?  Now look at him.  In Galatians 1-3, he reminds us that we are saved by faith, not our own acts.  We find freedom in Christ.  So when we find ourselves worrying about being good enough through our own works, well, we are missing the power of God's grace in our lives.  

Paul asks us this important question today,

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?

Paul's question is just the thing we need to stay grounded in our faith.  My faith is about what I believe in my heart, not about how well I follow rules.  

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

That's how I have to see myself AND all believers, as precious children of God.  Jesus changes us, just like he does Paul.  

Think about that.  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to make me one of your precious children.  Strengthen my faith.  Draw close to me, Lord.  Help me, Jesus, to live by Your Holy Spirit.  Help me reach others with your love and grace.  I pray for your presence and life changing love to fill _______________ today.

In the name of Jesus I pray,


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