Galatians 4:9 No Turning Back

 

No turning back

But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9

While slavery still exists in parts of the world, for the most part slavery has been done away with. It is looked upon as a bad thing. No one wants to be a slave to anyone for any reason.

Regardless of what the national rules and regulations are, the majority of people in this world are enslaved to sin. They are bound up in sin that will keep them sinning more and more. Selfish desires overcome them and causes them to sin.

This is a conscious choice of most people to live that way. They see it as freedom of choice.

Every believer is taken out of that type of lifestyle. They are removed from the bondage and slavery of sin when Jesus had died and rose from the dead. He placed the powers of this world under His feet. They are no longer a slave to those forces.

Yet, there are many believers who turn back to those weak and miserable forces and allow themselves to be enslaved again.

This is done when a believer turns back to an old way of living or begins to live like the world again. He allows sin back into his life by choice on a regular basis. He refuses to turn away from sin. Lying, stealing, cheating, cursing, hating, porn, violence, hatred all become a part of his life again, a way of living. This is allowing the dark powers of this world to rule again in his life.

If you have accepted Jesus into your life and what He has done for you, you are known by God and also know God. He has set you free from the power of sin. He has pulled you out of that enslaved life of sin. Do not allow yourself to go back.

Take a look at your life on a regular basis and see you or what is enslaving you. Who or what has control over your life?

God should be the only one who has control over your life. Do not allow the things and sin of this world to enslave you and have control over you.

Turn away from the sin of this world and back to God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the freedom you have in Jesus; that you will give God full control of your life; and that you will choose to turn from sin to God every time. 

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Galatians 3:22 Being Locked Up

 

Prison cell

But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:22

Being locked up means that a person’s rights are taken away. He is no longer free and has no real life. He is bound up inside of a prison cell, with no where to go or the freedom to go anywhere else.

Very few people liked to be bound up in a prison. The majority of people try to live a life that will keep them out of a prison, yet, most are still locked up in a prison. This prison is not one of bars and four walls, but is a spiritual prison.

The world lives in sin and chooses to continue to live in sin. This causes most people to live in the prison of sin, they are bound up in sin and cannot leave it.

Although many in church claim to be freed from the prison of sin, there are still many who are not really freed from that prison. When God gave the Law, it put everyone into a prison of sin. Unless a person was perfect and never broke a single law, he was bound up in prison, waiting for death.

There are many who are in the church who still strive to live by the Law for their salvation. They feel that they must do certain things in order to get God’s approval and salvation. In this way they are still locked up in the prison of the Law and sin.

Believers in Jesus must release the hold the law has on them and believe in Jesus alone for their salvation. It is only by faith in what Jesus did that a person may be saved from his sins.

Jesus came to set you free and give you life, not to keep you locked up under the Law. Live by the Law because you want too, not because you have to live that way. Do it out of love for God and others, not out of duty. This allows you to live by faith in Jesus.

Allow God to break down the chains of sin and the Law that has kept you bound up for years. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by sin anymore.

Trust the promise God has given you in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will not be bound up by the Law; that you will know the grace God has given you; and that you will live by faith in Jesus.

 

Galatians 2:20 Dead Man Walking

 

Man walking

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The world does not like to have rules and commands placed up them. No one minds setting down rules for the other person, but never for themselves. Rules restrict their freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want. In the eyes of the world it is a death sentence to real living.

God had laid down some rules for man to follow, yet even with the simplest of rules–don’t eat of a certain tree–man was unable to keep that rule. The law then had power of death over the person and all of mankind. Jesus had come to die on the cross to break that power of the law and make it possible for a person to live for God.

In order to live for God, a person must die to self and the power of the law. He must crucify himself and die.

A dead person cannot do anything on his own. His body is lifeless and of no value in itself. For that body to move, someone else must do the work.

Once a believer has been crucified and died to self and sin, he can no longer do anything on his own. He needs some outside help to move, think, speak and act.

This is where Christ and His Holy Spirit comes in. God has sent His Holy Spirit to come and live in the believer. His Holy Spirit is what gives the body the ability to live, move, think, speak and act. God’s Holy Spirit will only act the way God acts.

In this way, a believer will be able to live according to God’s commands. He will have God’s power to give him strength to turn from sin and to do what God wants.

If you are having problems following God’s commands and struggling to do what God wants you to do, allow yourself to be crucified. Die and let God resurrect you by His Holy Spirit. Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you and speak and act through you.

Live by faith, trusting God knows what is best for you to say, think, and do. Be a dead man walking in Christ.

I pray today that you will live for God alone; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will live in the strength of God; and that you will live by faith in God.