Posts Tagged ‘Galatians’

When you meet someone for the first time, we tell them our name, and if it’s a work situation, we’d probably give them our job title or our current role.

How about if I were to ask you, who you are in Christ? Do any of these describe you?

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7)

It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)

I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13)

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25)

I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7)

We need to know who we are in Christ so that we can live our life as God intended and fulfil our destiny.

Here’s a great description of who you we are in Christ:

When was the last time you heard someone boasting?

When we boast about something, we talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about your own (or someone close to you) achievements, possessions, or abilities.

Boasting isn’t necessarily something that is well received by the listener as it can sound like you are trying to out-do them, or make them feel inferior – both of which I’m sure you’d agree is not a good thing.

In Galatians 6:14 (The Message) we read:

For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ.

Chris Tomlin sings I Will Boast which is based on these words. Please listen to this song, and reflect on whether you boast only about Christ, and the cross.

I will boast only in the cross
Where my Savior died for me
Nothing else, no other love,
Goes so far and runs so deep
I will boast only in the cross
See His head, His hands, and feet
Scars of grace, scars that heal
He broke the curse and set me free
Only One took the nails
Only One tore the veil
Only One spotless Lamb
I will boast only in the cross
I will boast only in the cross
The Father’s love at Calvary
My sin erased, my debt He paid
This is my hope, the song I sing
This is my hope, the song I sing
Only One

Harvest is a time when we thank God for all the things that He provides for us. We give food and produce to our church to help those in our community who are in need.

But is there more to harvest than this?

Yes, it’s about ‘harvesting souls’ for Christ as well. In other words, it’s a time for us to bring others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Join me in praying today that God might use each of us to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

 

 

As I think I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post What Are You…? I mentioned that this last weekend was our Harvest weekend at Bellshill Salvation Army. For the weekend we had visitors from DHQ, Carole and Elwyn Harries, leading our meetings.

I must admit that having been at many harvest weekends over the years, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this one, as what was I going to hear this harvest that I haven’t heard plenty of times before? I couldn’t have got it more wrong!

I thoroughly enjoyed our three harvest meetings. The corps sections (senior band, songsters, young peoples’ band and singing company) were all fabulous, but best of all were our leaders for the weekend – their enthusiasm and love for God was clear for all to see throughout the weekend.

Added to all this I found the message from our leaders very challenging and has certainly got be thinking about the person I am, and the Christ-like person I want to be.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Words I’m sure most of us have heard many times before, however I was made to think again about them on Sunday – I’d never really noticed before that it says “the fruit of the spirit” rather than “the fruits of the spirit”.

Yes, there is only one fruit of the spirit and that is love…Jesus commands us to

Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NIV)

He doesn’t command us to be joyful, live in peace, have patience, be kind etc. He simply commands us to love one another just as He loves us.

So why is Galatians are these other things mentioned, well in order to love, we must possess the other qualities mentioned. i.e.  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am far from being Christ-like as I lack many of the qualities required, but recognising my failings is a step in the right direction. Now I must, with God’s help and guidance, become the kind of person God needs and wants me to be…I must learn to love everyone, even those I might presently feel are unloveable.

I pray God will help each of us to learn to love one another as Christ would.

Galatians 5:24-25 (New Living Translation)

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

This bible passage fits in very well both with what I said in yesterday’s blog post One Life, and also with my thoughts for today…

Since last Thursday I’ve found myself spending a lot of time contemplating where I am in my spiritual journey…Has my life stagnated, or am I more eager than ever to learn more about God, and pull the whole of my life into His hands?

My spiritual life has definitely not stagnated in the last few years, but has grown in strength during some very difficult times in my life. Though having said that, I was in the depths of despair for a long time, I thought God had deserted me…but unsurprisingly, He proved to me that He was there, He had always been there, and He always would be there for me.

But have I really nailed all my sins to the cross and left them there? Have I really given Him my whole life?

Truthfully, my answer must be “no”. However I believe God has helped me recognised this fact so that I can move forward in my relationship with Him by giving everything I have to Him.

How about you, have you nailed all your sinful passions and desires to the cross and left them there? Are you living every part of your life for Jesus, and Jesus alone?

Now is the time for you, and me, to start anew, and give our all to God.

I pray you will find blessing and inspiration to take your all to the cross, as you listen to the following song, To Thy Cross I Come, Lord by The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army:

Carried

Posted: September 17, 2009 in life, religion
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We all have times in our lives when we need to be carried – maybe not physically but emotionally. We might find ourselves struggling to cope with life, or find ourselves in great danger or find ourselves in an unfamiliar environment where we feel lost.

In these times we must rely on God to carry us, just as he’s promised to do. There is however a cost to God carrying us – In order to carry the burden of our sins, Jesus had to carry his cross. Jesus carried His cross for us!

Although God has promised to carry us, we as Christians must also help carry people in their time of need. Perhaps you can help carry someone today.
God has instructed us to share each other’s troubles and problems:

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


If a friend is in need, carry them, even if you are struggling yourself. All you need to do is place it all in God’s hands and ask Him to carry you. He will give you the strength to get through and the strength to carry your friend as well.

In God’s strength we can do all things!

Today at our services at Bellshill Salvation Army we celebrated harvest time. What images does that conjure up for you?


Here’s the dictionary definition of “harvest”:
1. the gathering of a ripened crop
2. the crop itself
3. the season for gathering crops
4. the product of an effort or action

Traditionally we always think of farmers, crops and food when we think about harvest.

This harvest I’d ask you to pray for those who are starving…not just in foreign lands but here in this country. We all can be very guilty at time of taking our food, possessions and our family and friends for granted, so I’d also ask you to thank God for all you have, all He has given you.

But harvest need not just be all about the crops and the food being harvested, it’s also a time for us to think about bringing others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love…to “harvest” others lives into God’s will.

We must all be examples for Christ, after all something we say or do may be the thing which brings someone into a relationship with God. We may not always see any results of what we do/say, but if we a simply word or action may be the seed that lands in someone’s heart and develops into a heart full of love for God.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In conclusion, pray today that God might use you to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

All For Love

Posted: July 30, 2009 in love, religion
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Galations 2:19-21 (The Message)
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

Have you put aside your ego? Are you working for God or are you just trying to impress Him?

God wants us to work for Him, but He wants us to do so for the right reasons – because we love Him and want to tell as many people as we can about God’s love and what He means to us.

Checkout the Hillsong website: http://hillsong.com/ or the Hillsong London website: http://www.hillsongmychurch.co.uk/

That word…”Sin”

Posted: May 28, 2009 in life, religion
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Do you cringe whenever someone says the word “sin”? For a long time I admit, I did! I, probably like you, wondered what was coming next, and if I’m honest I’d would switch off before I heard/read any more!

But I now understand that we should not be put off by talking about sin or sinning, as it’s something every single one of us does, we all sin. During our lifetime we all commit thousands/millions of sins in God’s eyes.

So what exactly is sin. Here is the dictionary definition of sin:

  • A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
  • Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God

Galatians 5:24-25
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.


So in God’s eyes, no matter what our sins, no matter how severe our sins, God will forgive us of every one of them. All we have to do is ask him to forgive us and then let God take control of our lives.

I pray that you will ask God into your live so he can forgive your sins, and help you lead the kind of life he wants you to.