O foolish Galatians who have bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
If you are a child of God then be sure that Satan tries to set traps for you and they aren't the obvious like drunkenness or sensuality. In the next verses Paul challenged their idea of holiness by asking them "are you made perfect by the flesh?" Many times Christians are converted the right way but then they try adding some flesh to the gospel. Even though we pray and study His word we struggle with the thought of this isn't enough to enter into His rest. Our role isn't to constantly struggle to "get it right" and do more "works". God's covenant of grace is to fully trust what He did at Calvary. He accomplished a full redemption that saves and keeps us.
He wants us to trust that He has done everything to make you acceptable in His eyes. You don't have to strive more and more in prayer to please Him. We are made holy by believing in His promises like Abraham. " Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness... So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham" 3:6,9.
Paul said in Gal 1:23 that God asks one thing of us. "Continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard.
God's promises to cause us to stand at the judgement reconciled, holy and blameless. We need to believe and accept that covenant. Then we will know that deep, lasting, struggle free, hopeful, fearless, victorious walk.
"Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered."
2 Chronicles 31:20 NKJV
Have you ever wanted to be great at something. Whether it's at a sport, on your job, ministry, father, mother, or as a spouse? Sometimes it seems that when you focus in these areas, it takes such discipline and work that other areas in your life are set aside.
But when your discipline is directed toward heaven, nothing else suffers. This is what Hezekiah discovered. He committed himself to God's principal vision: reverence for the temple and obedience from the people. He didn't make a small commitment or take short cuts. No, Hezekiah sought God wholeheartedly. He went after God, reading His laws and studying His decrees, and then he did what God commanded. He put God first and committed himself. This type of discipline creates a disciple and greatness in whatever area you want to be great. This is how you prosper in your walk with God and in other areas of your life. It's the same way Hezekiah did it!
"In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all."
1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV
The Sovereign God that rules over our hearts and lives is the same one who designed and created the heavens and earth. He has also willed you and I to rule over the earth and to do great exploits or accomplishments for Him. You probably think, "What can I do? It's too much for me." Remember the power is His! He is the publisher who is looking for willing writers. He is looking for people who will trust the power of His Holy Spirit to work in and through the common, ordinary affairs of their daily lives.
God is offering you a blank book of possibilities and asks what we are going to do for Him so that your legacy can be written for posterity.
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN