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So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? Galatians 4:9
As a continuation of the call of action our congregation had last month to study a chapter of proverbs a day. I began studying Galatians as a follow up. As I state on my About me page Galatians 1:10 was one of my first scriptures I memorized, so that’s why I chose it. The word states: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This scripture is so powerful! After getting more into the book of Galatians I realized it is kind of like a mirror. You know I’m saying that a lot these days after reading my book. (That’s what I call the Bible).
Paul writes to us (the Christians) in this book letting us know that we are delivered by our faith. He shares what the earlier law stated about sacrifices and doing works for salvation and then he switches gears and tells about how we don’t have to be bound be that old stuff! He shares again, as the Bible continually does, that because Jesus died for us we are free! We live in remembrance of Him through believing. He compares how life was before the covenant and what it is like after.
Galatians is another declaration for us to keep moving forward into the light. We can remember where we were prior to God and our thoughts of who He is now. I don’t know about you but that is reflection. He is definitely bigger and has more depth in my eyes and life. I had…..well have hang ups that are still being worked on but studying this book helps me to remember the price that was paid. I think about all of the things the old law said and I am relieved that God loved me soooo much He wanted a one on one relationship through Jesus with Me! Galatians helps put everything into perspective.
It’s still like a double edge sword because I see where my focus should be and my actions are swayed to go another way. I was a people pleaser that hated confrontation. I tried to avoid it at all costs. I know as Brothers and Sisters in Christ and with people of the world “iron sharpens iron” but shoot I like to think I’m iron but realistically I’m more like silly putty. I even had to go back and change the tense of the earlier sentence because I know my Father is working on this. I know this is where God wants me to turn away from my old self and be more like Him.
I can sense God is telling me “Keep straight stop turning around. Do you see where turning around and the old way has gotten you? Try my way.”
What is God asking you to turn away and focus on? What are you doing that may not be pleasing Him but is pleasing for someone else? What is your “old” that needs to be replaced with a new?
I know nowadays this sounds so cliche but why reinvent the wheel! It’s the truth. When we let him steer us and direct our paths it’s almost like taking a deep sigh and being content that you know everything will be ok. Just put our life on autopilot.
I don’t know how many times I have called on my mom over the years to help me fix something. I broke my Barbie’s leg. “Mommy!” My brother won’t share the remote and she’s gone out of the house. “Mom!” I totaled my car, fractured my back, have a collapsed lung, and need stitches in my foot. “Mother!’ I move out of state, my passenger window is broken, my wallet is stolen, and I start a new job the same morning. “Ma!” (You can add your own inflections and whines with each distraught call)
Although my Ma is Super and starting out as you can she, she had things under control. Eventually the problems outgrew her hands but there was always someone who had been in the Shadows, well in the light….. serving as kind of like her Professor X, go to person, …….the Oracle….but Greater.
From these lessons I have learned God wants us to come to him and ask for his assistance and guidance. “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come” Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT). He wants to show us that we can only depend on HIm and the power He has. John 14:6 (NLT), Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Let me rewind….Jesus shares, ““Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4
I don’t know about you but I feel warm and fuzzy inside! I feel special! I feel loved! I feel secure. With expectations like this I can easily let go and feel comfortable in Him and in His promises.
No need to stress out Mom, no need to call the psychics, no need to keep driving and getting lost. God is more than willing and able to take over. I think once we can acknowledge and ACCEPT that concept, the hard part is over. Then we can slowly move one leg, let go of the wheel, move the other leg, and scoot over. The trip will go a lot smoother.
This brings me to my favorite scripture of all time, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” That sounds so promising! Just believing in this as a foundational building block takes a load off!
So meditate on that for a while and visualize allowing God to take over.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This is a fitting scripture to begin this blog with go to the About Me Page to find out!