Galatians 6:2 Helping Others

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Jesus had not given very many commands, but one of them was to love everyone. This included neighbors, friends, family, and even the enemy. For one to love God, he must love others. One of the best ways to prove that love was in carrying their burdens.

A burden is a heavy load. The level of that weight really does not matter, it is just that for that person it is heavy. Every person has some type of heavy load that they have to deal with.

In the workplace, workers are told to be careful in carrying a heavy load. If the weight of an item is over a certain amount of weight, the person must get a second person to help carry the load. The purpose of this is to keep from injuring the back when lifting the load.

When several people have a hand on a heavy load, they can easily carry something that not one of them could carry on their own. The weight is evenly distributed among all of them. It is now a light weight for each, rather than an extremely heavy weight for one.

Life brings about many different types of heavy burdens for every person. For one it could be a medical issue, for another it could be finances, or housing, or a vehicle, or marital problems, or issues at work, or one of an infinite number of other things.

You have probably gone through some of these burdens. In having carried those burdens, you have grown stronger. Now you have the opportunity to help someone else carry their burden that is similar. Give another person a helping hand, or extra money or food. Try to ease the burden that they must carry.

Jesus took your burden of sin, that was killing you, away. It was too heavy for you to carry. Now that He has lightened your load, go out and help others with their burdens. Ask God to guide you in to how to help someone else out. Be a servant and a helper to someone today. Fulfill the law of Christ–to love everyone.

I pray today that God will show you ways to help carry the burdens of others; that God will give you the strength to help; that God will send others alongside you to help carry your burdens; and that God’s kingdom will be built through your service.

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Galatians 5:16 How To Walk Correctly

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Most people who believe in Jesus and are trying to follow Him, really do not want to be living in sin. They will work at trying to stay out of a sinful lifestyle. Often they will have some sin or another that has a grip on their life that they cannot break.

Believers will read all kinds of books on how to stay away from sin. They will go to their pastor or some other elder in the church on how to live that holy life. Some will even envy others who appear to be living the perfect holy life.

Yet, after doing all these things they still fall into sin on a regular basis. The elder believers will even tell them that there is a lot of sin in their own lives.

The way to stay away from sin, is found in where your focus is. Who or what is guiding your choices in this life?

All sin is putting self before God in one way or another. You are trying to gratify your own personal flesh when you sin. You are trying to put yourself in the place of God. You are choosing to follow the guidance of someone or something that is not God.

Paul points out that walking by the Spirit is the way to keep from sin. This is being led by the Holy Spirit. When you are being led by God’s Holy Spirit you will not be led into doing wrong. God will never tempt you to sin. He will never tell you to sin. God will always lead you into do the correct action, whether it is a physical, mental or spoken action.

You need to be reading God’s Word to hear what God says about different situations in your life, and obey that Word. You need to slow down your life and listen to what God is saying to you and obey it. Be willing to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. The more you follow God, the less you will sin.

You will never completely not sin, but you can lessen how much you sin, by following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Be led today.

I pray today that you will hear from God’s Holy Spirit; that you will allow yourself to be led by God; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will walk by the Spirit and not gratify your flesh; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Galatians 5:13 The Right Use Of Freedom

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

As has been stated multiple times, people love their freedom. God has built it into people to desire to be free. The reason for that is that people are called by God to be free.

When God had created Adam and Eve, He had made them free. They were free to roam about the Garden of Eden and eat any fruit that they wanted. There was only one rule and that was to not touch a certain tree. There was no large rule book with a bunch of things to do or not to do. They knew what true freedom was.

However, they fell into sin, which became a bondage to slavery. Every person since then has been subject to that bondage. No one has been free since, in their own power. This still did not negate the call God had on people’s lives to be free.

As a believer, you are still called to be and live a free life. This freedom, however, is not a license to indulge in the flesh. Indulging in the flesh is living to please yourself. It is serving yourself rather than others.

Most believers will say that they want to serve God. Serving God also means that you will serve other people. This is to be done with humility and in love. Realize that you are not deserving the life you have and serve others out of gratefulness to God for the life He has given you. Serve out of love for others and for God.

Use your freedom that God has given you to meet the needs of others. Do not be like the world and use your freedom to just build yourself up and have fun. This freedom in Jesus is greater and more free than any freedom that the world can give you.

I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has called you to; that you will use your freedom to serve God and others; that you will have the love God has for others; and that you will choose to live in true freedom for God and not to yourself.

Galatians 5:1 Stand Firm And Be Free

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

People around the world love freedom, though in many parts of the world the amount of freedom the people are allowed is very limited. Here in America, the nation was founded on the principle of being free. People wanted to be able to do what they want, when they want.

Looking on the surface it does look like great freedom. A person can work whatever job they desire, live where they want to, and spend their money like they want to. People are also allowed to say what they want, think what they want, and like and dislike things to their own preference.

Yet in the midst of all of this freedom, there abounds great slavery. This slavery is to sin. A very small percentage of people in America and around the world have broken the bondage of slavery to sin. The world does not see the bondage to sin as slavery. It is seen as freedom, freedom to do what they want.

Jesus came to this earth to set people free. He wants people to be able to fully live life in freedom. Who knows better on how to live life than God who has been around for all eternity? He was the One who created this life and the world.

Paul was pointing at that some of the people in the church had been set free from sin, but were turning back to it. They were refusing to live life as God wanted them to live it. Sin is simply disobeying God, not doing what He wants.

You must be willing to stand firm in your life against living in sin. Do not put on the shackles of slavery to sin. Do not allow sin to be a part of your life.

Just as people stand firm against slavery in parts of the world, stand firm against the spiritual slavery of sin. Run from all sin and resist the devil and his temptations.

Jesus has a better life for you. Don’t go back to the life of slavery to sin. Live your life to the fullest.

I pray today that God will break the bonds of slavery in your life; that you will resist the temptations of the devil; that you will turn away from all sin; and that you will live the life Jesus has for you.

Galatians 4:8-9 Why Turn Back?

“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 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 4:8-9

Before a person accepts and follows Jesus he is a slave to sin. This is automatic with absolutely no control over whether this happens or not. Every person on this earth is born with a sinful lifestyle. They are born as a slave to sin and cannot stop it on their own.

The world is completely enslaved in sin. Every action in this world done by the world, can be found in based in sin. Many actions are easily seen as sinful, such as: adultery, murder, and theft. Others are not so clear, yet are still sin: greed, envy, hatred, gossip, cheating and many more. Even some things that appear good, are based in sin. There are some wealthy people who seem to give large amounts of money away. On the surface it looks like loving charity, underneath it is just for a tax write-off, greed.

Once a person turns to Jesus and chooses to follow Him, he is no longer a slave to sin. He has a new master–God. Sin has one power and that is to bring death. Jesus had the power over death. He can overcome death because He overcame it Himself.

Paul is asking the people of Galatia why they are turning back to sin. Why were they choosing to be enslaved by sin again? The world and it’s ways are weak and miserable compared to God’s power. The world cannot figure out how to beat death, while Jesus has already beaten death.

You know God and are known by God. God is the greatest power in the entire universe. Why would you want to go back to the things of this world? Who are you choosing to be a slave to?

You are either a slave to (following and obeying) the world and it’s ways or you are a slave to God. Don’t turn back to the weak powers. Keep your eyes and life focused on God. Serve and obey God in everything. He is the greater and best power.

I pray today that you will know God intimately; that you will allow yourself to be enslaved by God; that you will obey and serve God alone; and that you will not turn back to the world.

Galatians 3:18 A Promised Inheritance

“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” Galatians 3:18

Abraham had lived about 430 years before Moses gave the Law of God to the people of Israel. He was promised by God to have many descendants. Since this promise was before the Law was given, it is not dependent upon fulfilling the Law’s requirements. Abraham did not have to earn the promise. All he had to do was believe God would fulfill the promise.

When God gave Abraham the promise, he was very old and beyond the normal age of having children. There was nothing in the normal that Abraham could do on his own to make the promise come about. He had to have faith in God to make it happen.

There are believers today who are trying to earn their salvation. They want to be good enough for God to save them from their sins. They want to prove to God that they are worth it. They go to church every week, read their Bible daily, and stay away from all the “bad” sins. They appear to be good believing Christians.

The challenge comes in the heart. They are trying to earn their inheritance of salvation. Salvation comes from belief in Jesus, faith in God. It is accepting the promise of God. Repenting of your sins and trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus is was saves you. It is not what you do or how well you do it.

God’s grace is so great that it will work through your faith to bring about salvation. You will still mess up and sin. You will make wrong choices and stray off the path God has for you at times. Yet, God’s grace is great enough to bring you back into correct standing with Him. In His grace He will forgive all sins. In His grace He will save you.

Are you trusting in your good works to save you or to put you in favor with God?

Or are you trusting in the love and grace of Jesus and God the Father? Are you trusting the promise that Jesus made?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for your life; that you will trust in the promises of God; that you will not try to earn your salvation; and that you will live in the grace God has given you.

Galatians 3:11 What To Rely On

“Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

There were some people in the churches of Galatia that were going back to the Mosaic Law to serve and worship God. They were attempting to show themselves righteous by how well they kept the Law. Paul clearly points out that they are being foolish in doing this. The Law only brought about death. It did not provide for removal of a sin in a person’s life. A believer in Jesus is to believe by faith in the salvation that Jesus is providing.

Although people today do not talk so much about following the Law of Moses, they still attempt to follow the Law. Often it is a person who is trying to make himself right with God. People like to be of value and to accomplish something on their own. They want to be successful.

When people mess up in their walk with God, often they will do things to make it right and try to earn God’s grace and forgiveness. They will give more in the offering, volunteer more in ministries, start reading the Bible more, or something else. All of these things are good, if done to be a service to God and others, but often they are done to look good to God.

No matter how good you are at following the law, at some point you have broken it and only deserve death. You have become of no value at all. You cannot earn life again, the price is too high.

This is where faith steps in. Jesus died for you and rose again to take away your sins. Can you trust Him to take away your sins? Can you trust that He loves you enough to do so? This is where faith comes in.

There is nothing to be earned. The works you do should be done out of gratitude for what Jesus had done for you, not to earn God’s favor. Following Jesus and believing in Him will give you God’s favor.

Don’t rely on what you can or cannot do, rely on what Jesus has done and can do.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus; that you will trust Jesus to make you righteous before God; and that you will live your life by faith in Jesus.