Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BE FREE and STAY FREE

Article by Stacey Eutin
Imagine, 

you step out onto the street, ignoring the crosswalk signal to stop, and a truck hits you.

The truck driver, having seen you step off the curb, decides he should teach you a lesson for not obeying the cross walk signal.  


I suppose, if you survive the hit, you may remember to obey the cross walk signal next time. But, wow, there sure could have been a better way to warn you of the cross walk signal.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1) 

It is not always what you say, but how you say it. Communication is so much more than just verbal.

James tells us in 5:16 to
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. (AMP)
It is reasonable to suggest, it may be a little intimidating to confess to an oncoming truck.
The truck shows no mercy as it flattens you.

The law is like the truck.
It is a sledge hammer that will crush you.
Which, as we have learned reading Galatians, we do not find freedom or life, in the law.

The law points out our need for a Savior, but it does not save us.

Just as you cannot reason with a truck, you cannot live without breaking the law. 
It is impossible!
Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. (Gal. 6:1) 
Paul is warning us to stay away from anyone who tries to lay burdens, laws, and rules, on us. He encourages us to not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Gal. 6:9)

We wrap up our study on Galatians with this reminder:

There is NO OTHER MEDIATOR, nor is there ANY OTHER WAY TO SALVATION, than through Jesus Christ. No amount of doing “good” will bring you salvation.

Because of Jesus, AND only through Jesus, we are joint heirs and NOT slaves. His grace brings freedom.

Be slaves to Christ, not to the law.

A true messenger of Christ, a true follower, a son/daughter, will bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Stand fast to the liberty which Christ has made us free, do not get entangled with the “ear ticklers” and “law police.”

Do NOT neglect the salvation and freedom we have in Christ.

Love God and love each other and you will do well.

If you seek to live by the law, you will die by the law.

The law has been fulfilled through love.
  • Walk in the freedom Christ has given to us.
  • Love each other.
  • Do good to each other.
  • Do not be burdened by others who desire to make you like them, or expect you to live to a standard they themselves cannot live up to.
What needed to be done, has already been done through the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Thank you for sharing this study on Galatians. May you continue to be blessed with the richness of mercy, grace, and love, through our Savior, Jesus.

Until we meet in Heaven,
Be Free and Stay Free. 

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This article written by
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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