Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recognize The Real

Article by Stacey Eutin
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].              (Gal. 5:1)
I just had a wonderful evening of fellowship with new believers. What started off as an evening of a get together, turned into a Bible study.

I just love being with new believers. They were so excited about the Lord and had so many questions.  

Unfortunately they have been receiving “advice” from other believers that really placed a lot of burden on them. They were overwhelmed and admitted the feelings of shame at the end of the day, because they felt they should have done more, or done better.

Reading Galatians, I know Paul wrote this to the church. In essence he wrote to the church because some have infiltrated their group and preached bondage, through rules and laws. Holding them to a standard they could never fulfill. It was man made rules, of what a mind without the Spirit of Christ sought to enforce. Holding the church to the law, neglecting the liberty we have, made possible only through Christ.

The question I asked this evening was…
do you think you can do anything, big or small, that would be better than what Christ already did?  (tweet this)
Is any sacrifice, or deed, greater than Him? Do you know better than God? Are you able to bear the sins of mankind, to bring salvation, through sacrifice or deed?
Of course not!

We know the Word of God is foolishness to those who are perishing. Because the message of the cross is really a simple one. It is not that complicated.
For God so loved the world He gave His only Son so whosoever believes on Him shall be saved.  (John 3:16)
The work has been done for us. All we have to do is repent and believe.

But, we have been trained to believe what our eyes see. It is hard for some to comprehend the faith we have in the hope of something we cannot see.

I submit to you another thought on verse 1.
To not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage,...
What does this mean to a new believer?
It is the bondage of our old way of thinking. The thought of suspicion that everything comes with a cost. This is partially true, salvation does come with a cost, but it is a cost we could never pay, so Christ paid it for us.

When in doubt, I ask this… do you have love? As verse 13 says, we have been given freedom through Christ, not so we may satisfy our flesh, but so we may serve each other through love.

If we truly walk in the Spirit, we will not be led away by the desires of our flesh (Gal. 5:16), we will be renewed in the mind and our own spirits will be strengthened.

Really, what the law does is bring fear. Fear of condemnation. Because we can never live up to the law. It is not possible. It will take you right back to what Christ saved you from.

The next time you cross paths with someone who proclaims to be a teacher of the word, test them.

Look at their fruits.
You will recognize them from their fruits.
For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
A bad tree cannot bear good fruit, nor a good tree bear bad fruit. Watch for the fruit.
Trust me, to borrow a quote from TD Jakes, "Time weeds out all imposters."

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Cor. 3:17).

The moment you start feeling stressed, guilty, or ashamed, take heed. Someone just may have passed you a bill of sale on dead law.

There is no freedom in stress, confusion, and shame.
These things are contrary to His love and what He has done for us.

Again, follow Paul’s words in verse 1 and stand fast in the liberty in which Christ has made us 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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