Today, please read Galatians 3:24-29, Galatians 4, 5, 6 and Acts 15:1-21. It’s moving so fast now – I already have a countdown in my head (but I don’t want the year to end!). What’s your highlight today?
“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 MSG
You have been given freedom by the Lord, but do not use this freedom to gratify your flesh. The war goes on between the flesh and the spirit because your enemy knows: if the flesh can keep you from finding the “secret place” (Ps 91), you will never be victorious. How can we do it? Paul has very simple advice:
“My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.” Galatians 5:16 MSG
I love how Paul gets straight to the point: truth may not always be easy but it is accessible. You are not under the law IF you are under the spirit (Gal. 5:16). However, if you are not following the Spirit, get under the law. Spirit is better, Spirit is gentle – but if the law gets you there, then do whatever it takes to get right.
“So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.” Acts 15:3
I love Acts 15 describing the conversions causing great joy. It should cause great joy any time any one experiences a life-change because of Jesus Christ
It’s really important that we don’t miss the Jerusalem Council, even though we don’t have time to expand on it here – super important piece of our spiritual history!