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Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

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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?

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Restoration

“Baptism is faith in action.”

“Baptism is faith in action.”

Romans 6: 3-6 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

Romans 6: 3-6
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

Can I take it with me?

I enjoy peace and serenity.
I enjoy helping others.
I enjoy thinking positive.
I enjoy equality and social justice.
I enjoy allowing God to drive.

Until I leave the “building” of church.

Until I am by myself.

Until I enter the “real” world.

For the longest I thought, “God is so good, only if I could take this with me.”

Well, you know what I realized? I can. You can.

The Bible says, “And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”(2 Corinthians 6:16 NLT)

To think God is in me. Am I giving him a good place to dwell? Ummm probably not. If I was in my mind would I want to be in there? Unfortunately, no.

To be honest, if someone talks to me I am analyzing every bit of the conversation. The body language, facial expressions, linguistics, influx of their tone, and trying to reason or say what if:

What if they don’t mean that.
What if they aren’t like that.
What if you stopped worrying.
What if you are just being negative.

In actuality, I am saying this to myself while processing what the conversation is ultimately about.

I figure in the flow of a conversation you have about 1-3 seconds to respond. So if I’m registering what you said and thinking of my response, when do I have time to think of my “old” way of thinking and replace it and vocally respond with a thought?

I think this would take at least 5-7 seconds…at least.
Seriously though, this takes time as well.

So I ask, how do you have a conversation like this? If God has your mind and thoughts “Under Construction” how do you relate to others without simply not talking?

I read James 3 to get an idea of taming my tongue. From that I gathered I can’t do both, think positive yet speak negative.

Man, that is convicting. I had to go back to the beginning of James and I leave with this:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (James 1:19-26 NIV)

If you struggle with thoughts and projecting positivity although you know it exists and it is engulfed in your inner being, then join me this week being slow to speak.