Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT


Galatians 2

Boundaries are a good thing. Especially as followers of Christ.  Setting boundaries and living our faith according to the standard of Christ is a protection.
When we focus on Christ and remember His grace, we will be humble and less likely to be moved when an eloquent person, whom I will call a “Johnny on the Spot,” comes in and brings his carefully crafted confusion and book of rules with him. 

We are called to raise Disciples of Christ. We must remember people ARE watching us.

Are we preaching one thing, yet doing another? Parents who raise children under the rule of “do as I say and not as I do,” will have children who do exactly what the parents do and perhaps even excel at it. 
To them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the Gospel might continue to be [preserved] for you [in its purity]. Galatians 2:5 (AMP

Who is the “them” Paul is referring to?
False 
Brethren.
False teachers who have woven themselves into the church to spy out their liberty, you know… check ‘em out. These puffed up “teachers” did not understand, or they straight out rejected, the grace of God.

The truth of the Gospel of Christ did not fit into what they believed. It was too simple for them. “Certainly,” they thought, “it is not this simple. We have been going by the law for all this time and who are they to believe they should have a right into the inheritance of God without honoring our laws and rule?” 
For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God. (see 1 Corinthians 1:18-37 Amplified)   
Do we see this in the church today? As the day of His return draws closer, we will see more of this and we must stand guard of our hearts and our motives. 

The moment we start believing our salvation is by any other means, or we have to do anything no matter how good it is, we are stepping away from the grace of God. 

I cant stress enough the importance of clinging to the cross and staying very close to Jesus and following the lead of His Holy Spirit.  

Even Peter, Jesus' very own hand-picked disciple, fell into the hypocrisy of the false teaching. He was not teaching the false teaching by his own mouth, he did it through appearance.

He taught liberty to the Gentiles, but when the Jews from Jerusalem showed up, he jumped ship and this caused others to jump ship too.  This is why Paul had to confront Peter in public, it was not to shame him, but there can NOT be two standards.  

Paraphrasing Paul, he said… “If we live double standards, we tear down what we have built up. We have died to our old selves! We now live through Christ, it is not us who live, it is Him. It is no trivial thing what Christ did for us on the cross, through Him we now live by and in faith in Him. The work of the cross was not in vain, and dare we trivialize what Christ has done for us as though it is not enough, that we should even suppose we earn our salvation by works, through following the Law which is death?!”  (see v. 18-21) 

Here is the beauty of this message, everything that needed to be done for our salvation has already been done through Jesus on the cross. If we are to glory in anything, let us glory in what He has done for us. Let us stand in awe of His unfailing love. 

Should anyone come in and start preaching a list of rules, or even one rule, let your response be this…  
Raise your hands, lift your voice and say, “Oh Jesus, thank You for doing what I could not, thank You for Your mercy and Your grace. Thank You for the peace that passes all understanding. Though it may sound like foolishness to the world, Lord, Your ways are perfect, in You there is no lack, nothing can be taken away or added to what You have already done. Thank You for salvation.”  
Selah 

Stacey Eutin, Crooked Places Straight
I will go before you and level the mountains (to make the crooked places straight); I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron.  Isaiah 45:2

My tent making skills are as an Organizational Development Consultant, but my calling is Evangelist. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the country and share His redemptive love. I met Jesus in my early thirties and my life has not been the same. The ministry He has given me is through spoken and written word, to lead the lost to Him, bring healing to the wounded, and hope for the hurting. You can learn more about me and Crooked Places Straight at  https://crookedplacesstraight.wordpress.com


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2 comments:

  1. Stacey, your words ring out the truth of the Word. I praise God for the grace of Christ's message flowing through you.

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  2. Thank you, Tony. And thank You, Jesus.
    Blessings

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