Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Now my journey through the New Testament is taking me to Galatians with Paul.  I see people struggle with "law" all the time.  When I went to our last church for 10 years, I saw this very clearly.  The "managers" of the church get carried away with their roles and the rules, they forget about Jesus.  This can turn a new Christian away from God, and fast.  Being a Christian is hard work, because we do not live by the standards of this world.  We are to live by the spirit and that is not always the popular thing to do.    We have to remember that as adults, rules are important for chaos not to be present, but not to surrender our hearts/lives to them.  "For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Gal 2:19-21 "Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law" Gal 3:25 We are to live by the spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. 

Lord, I thank you once again for your freedom that you have given me.  Thank you for dieing on the cross for me and my sins.  I ask that I not only open my heart to the gifts of the spirit, but to the spirit itself.  I desire to possess your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  With you, there is no other way.  You are my Lord and Master, and through you I can do all things.  I pray that you will give me these things and I can pour them out to everyone around me.  I pray that Christmas Eve will be one of these moments that can change lives forever.  Please take my nerves away Lord and know that you are in control.  I ask that you bless those who venture to this blog and encourage them immensely.  In Jesus' Name, Amen!

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