Last Monday was our first bible study session in the year 2018! We are excited because we started from Genesis and now have less than 20 chapters until we finish the entire bible. Make sure to join us at 7pm on Monday evenings so you won’t miss out as we dig deeper into the word.
This week we finished the second half of the book of Galatians, and although the book is only 6 chapters long these verses are packed with power. Chapter 4-5 explains the contrast between the law and the spirit. Paul explains to the Galatians that we are sons of God, we have been adopted into the lineage of Abraham. Through our faith in Jesus we are now promise children and are no longer under the bondage of the law. We now have the right to come to God as our father, and cry out to him with no separation. Why would we want anything a part from this? It is insane to think that after receiving so great a freedom and so great a promise that we would willingly choose to go back to serving the things that put us in bondage. We are called to walk in liberty and love. We are called to walk by the spirit! What does this look like? It looks like bearing one another’s burdens, it looks like forgiveness, it looks like turning the other cheek when someone wrongs you, according to Galatians 5:19-21 (MSG) it looks like putting away “repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community.” Not just that however, it looks like manifesting the fruits of the spirit for Jesus clearly said, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” In case you didn’t know, that includes living a life defined by love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. All of these and more are yours. You are a winner called to manifest His glory.