Christ In Our Heart

In Galatians 4:1-11, Paul illustrates the condition of people before Christ as being enslaved. In their former predicament, the Galatians were enslaved by their idols. They were more concerned about what they should do to please these false gods rather than pleasing the ONE true God of the universe.

As Paul was explaining to the Galatians, we are set free by the Spirit of Christ in our heart. The past may have been a nightmare and the present may be dark at times but the future is bright because of the reward God has for all that believe in His Son. By accepting Christ as Savior, things only get better. The negative past is washed away, the joy of the present brings optimism, and the future becomes brighter each and every day.

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This day with You Lord, we are grateful for the freedom we receive as a result of Christ in our heart. We are free from things like fear, weakness, and doubt. We are your children and there is much more ahead to look forward to. This day, we have a fresh start and are freed from pessimism. We can use the unlimited power, amazing grace, and unquenchable love You offer us today in Christ. Amen.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of Galatians 4-6

Over the last few weeks, the journey through Galatians has been a spirited one with writing this letter to the Galatians. The circumstances during the writing involves the Jewish Christians who were trying to impose the Jewish ritual and moral law upon the Gentile Christians who had been converted to Christianity during Paul’s first missionary journey.

With faith, we can be like Paul and have confidence in what we believe. There is no fear because there is always a connection to God because of accepting the gift of Christ, we receive the peace of knowing that faith gained today will pull us through tomorrow so we can continue to step ahead day after day.

God has placed each of us in our present circumstances for a reason in order to be a leader within our family and those we see the most. In turn, they will give glorify God because of what we have done. The Christian life is like running a relay. We all help each other as we use the talents God meant us to use. When individuals find a common purpose and these individual talents are blended together, then we have something.

As Paul writes about, faith in Christ as the Son of God is how we are justified and not by observing the Old Testament law. Errors of a lifetime can be corrected TODAY! Christ in you leads to peace, resolve, confidence, and victory. Believe you are justified by faith in Christ, count your blessings, and turn your whole life around. Nothing is impossible if you believe that Jesus is the Vine and you are one of the branches.

We may face difficulties daily … a family member is sick, a rough day at work, trying to balance work, home, and school. So my friend in Christ, set your sights beyond what you can see. Be determined and know that Christ has paid the price, giving you an unseen power which cannot be measured or weighed but can tell you the right things to do for a favorable outcome.

By accepting Christ, we are connected forever to the greatest power ever. We are connected to the Holy Spirit so we can face these difficult days by turning them over to God. There’s no problem dreaming about good things in our present life but Christians believe the ultimate reward is salvation and the life after the one here on earth. Paul has pointed out in Galatians that the law in the Old Testament is not set aside. Instead, it is followed more clearly through the promise fulfilled in Christ.

Let us work together to give God the glory! We can display oneness with other believers in Christ today by having faith. Our faith gives us the freedom to tap into our individual skills and talents for His glory. As you go about your day today, remember that you are never alone and that God has given other Christians to help us along the journey. 

Success in any undertaking starts by having a plan. The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.

Galatians 4:1-11
How does Paul illustrate the condition of people before Christ? Are people still enslaved today? In what ways did the Galatians act as in their former predicament?

Galatians 4:12-20
What does this section reveal about the motivation of others who have developed an interest in the Galatians? What are the tests which Paul uses to check a relationship to determine if it is sound? Whom are you concerned about? How can you express this concern for them today?

Galatians 4:21-31
Which child of Abraham are Christians more like? Why? What are the responsibilities of being made free in Christ? How will you exercise them today?

Galatians 5:1-12
What is significant about Paul’s reemphasis of accepting Christ as Savior (See also Galatians 1:1, 1:11-24)? Being justified, what is your hope as a believer? How does this fact affect your attitude toward yourself and others?

Galatians 5:13-24
What is the freedom to which you have been called (See Galatians 5:1)? How can you walk by the Spirit today and into the future? How can you honor God today?

Galatians 6:1-10
What are the attitudes you must develop toward yourself and others if you are to walk by the Spirit (See Galatians 5:14)? What is the law of Christ? How will you do good to others today?

Galatians 6:11-18
What are the motives of the false teacher? What are the marks of the Gospel? How is the Gospel of Christ changing your daily life?

Galatians 3:19-29
What does faith do that that the law cannot do? How can you display oneness with other believers in Christ today?

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Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God. 

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
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“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
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Argument

Reading in Joshua 22, one group thought another built an altar to rebel against God but after talking understood it was built to worship Him. From this event, we learn the importance of a wide vision and understanding others before overreacting. This poem was written with this thought in mind. Have a great weekend my friends as you build up your relationships rather than tear them down.

Step Ahead

Keep a wide vision,
Applaud differences;
The various strengths
And weaknesses.

Understand others actions
Even if you feel
A little upset;
Say it’s no big deal.

For the real big deal
Is receiving God’s grace
And working together
To finish this race.

Keep an open mind
And get all the facts
So to never
Ever overreact.

People are made
To give God glory
So get the full picture;
The whole story.

By Mark Shields – © 05-18-2017
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