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NO LONGER SLAVES

Galatians 5:13-26

One of my favorites.  Having been given freedom from the depths of darkness it is important that I not let myself slip back into those behaviors and habits that imprisoned me for so long.

The "freedom" Paul is speaking of in Galatians is freedom from the law.  These verses fit any sort of slavery or chains of imprisonment, as do the exhortations and encouragements.  To use this new found freedom is to stand fast in the faith and to serve ones' brothers.  Of course, Paul also reminds us to follow the Spirit so that we do not do what our sinful selves want.

What I also find helpful is the comprehensive list of how to live found in verses 19-21.  I often find it necessary for myself to have clear direction on how to act and behave, hmmm!  The heartwarming list of the fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control are a gentle reminder of when I am in tune with the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 6 always brightens my day - I should read it more often.  What I did do today is listen to the song "No Longer Slaves" about 20 times.

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ARE WE ACTING LIKE THE PEOPLE OF GOD?

There are a lot of times during the week when I don’t act like myself.  If I’m hungry, I can be cranky. If I’m tired, I can be loopy. If I’m stressed, I can get easily agitated. Most of these issues have easy fixes. Get a good night’s sleep, look to Jesus for rest, or eat a snickers bar.  But there are some areas that God calls out in me where I’m consistently not acting like His child - areas that have been unaddressed and are in need of soul care. 

 

The words of Isaiah 30:12-33:9 tell us about a time where the people of God were not acting like the people of God.  They were trusting in other gods and other nations for their survival and prosperity. They were looking to other people for their nation’s success. And worst of all, it seemed as though they greatly neglected the things God had called them to do as His children. They were supposed to be a nation that looked out for the poor among them but instead they were taking advantage of the poor and looking out for their own interest. They were supposed to be a people who trusted in the Holy One of Israel but instead they were trusting in oppression and lies. They were supposed to be a people who rested in the confidence of God Almighty but instead they were a people looking for a quick victory. God’s love, compassion, and faithfulness were waiting for them but they instead chose to be like those around them – trusting in wealth, in social status, and in earthly kingdoms.

 

It is something I identify with. It seems natural and easy to trust in the things of this earth. Money, security in relationships, social status, position. These things can seem very fulfilling and very trustworthy. But I know that is not where God has called us to live as His children. Our lives are to be lived as a testimony to what it looks like to not trust in the things of this world but to trust in God alone. As people of God, we are called to be different by loving those around us, by caring for the poor among us, and by protecting those who are weak. “What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:6)

 

Today, I’m wondering what would it look like if we really lived like people after God’s own heart?  What if our lives of faith in Jesus expressed itself in love towards our friends, families, and neighbors?  Is there someone you need to forgive today?  Is there someone you need to ask forgiveness from?  I find these questions come up over and over again as I follow Jesus. What does it REALLY look like to be Your child? God, who do You want me to reach out to today? Jesus, help me to have eyes to see those who are hurting and are in need of compassion today. Holy Spirit, guide my steps so that I encounter those who are in need and I can help. And help me do it trusting in You and not my own power.

 

 

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