THE MARK OF JESUS FOLLOWERS

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Galatians 3:5-14

In this week’s passage, we see illustrated in “Father” Abraham the mark if you will, of a true believer.

The Judaizers were trying to get the formerly heathen, gentile, illiterate Galatians to become “good Jews” by adopting the Mosaic Law primarily through circumcision.  As you read the passage, you’ll see the humor in Paul’s usage of Abraham, because he notes that even Abraham’s “righteousness” had nothing to do with the Law.

No, Paul points out that he was declared righteous because of his FAITH…period!  We too are of the same “stock” because we did exercise FAITH in Jesus for salvation.  Therefore, we ARE “sons” of Abraham not because of what we do or did but because of WHO we are in Jesus…true “faithers”!

Abraham illustrates for us that the vitality & excitement of the Christian life is experienced ONLY by faith!

Abraham was considered “righteous” because his will was TOTALLY & UTTERLY conformed to Jehovah’s will in his desires, his thoughts and his actions!  I wonder how many of us who are true Children of God, have wills that are THAT conformed to Jesus’ will???  If not, we MUST be broken!!!

How do we then walk as a “Normal Christian”? First, Colossians 2:6 makes it clear in the Amplified version, “As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.” Walk by faith…that’s it!

Read it again! We must lose ourselves in Jesus.   Are you regulating your lives and conducting yourselves in union with Jesus?  Are we really living lives that are consumed with Jesus?

Secondly, we are given a charge in Philippians 2:12b-13, “work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).13  [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. By faith, we simply work out what has been worked in.

Oh, and by the way it is GOD who is working in us to have the will and to do the work.  PLEASE TRUST HIM TODAY TO LIVE HIS LIFE THROUGH YOU!!!  The mark of a true believer is a life of FAITH!!!

CHECK OUT TOMORROWS ENTRY FOR A LIFE CHANGING ILLUSTRATION OF WHAT THE “NORMAL CHRISTIAN” LIFE LOOKS LIKE………..

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Our motive for radical living!

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“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! – Galatians 1:8

WOW!  To Paul the Gospel was THE Gospel was THE Gospel!!!  Paul was a fervent defender of the simplistic message.  He was very resolute and unwavering; so much so he said a person who tampers with the gospel should go to hell…ouch!

        Is our generation’s attitude about the gospel message like Paul’s?  As I meet believers while traveling, I am finding more and more people who are too worried feeling good; feeling comfortable.  I find people whose conversation and speech has very little kingdom value at all, and is frankly not worth listening to.  We have become a generation who is consumed with SELF!  We are becoming too self serving and self exalting.

        It’s no surprise then when you realize the false gospel of our day is a “me, my, mine” message.  It’s a “feel good” message where everyone goes to heaven if you’re just “tryin real good.”  They say, “We’re all on the same path.” (HUH?)  Sadly, the church is buying into these lies!!!

        Why is there such a difference from what we are hearing & what Paul said?  What was it about Paul that created such a stir in his heart to stand strongly for the truth?

        I’ll tell you what it was…Paul considered himself a BOND-SERVANT!  He spoke like a true servant – a slave if you will of the most high God!  Being a bond-servant of Jesus radically effects what we believe, say and do!

        Here is a definition of the Greek work “doulos” which is often translated as: bond-servant, bond-slave, servant and slave. 

 

a.     a slave totally possessed by the master {we were bought with a price}. They were bound by law to a master {we are bound by the law of love}.

b.     “one who gives himself wholly(completely) {absolute surrender to Jesus}to another’s will{an act of their will to surrender}

c.     devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” {it is truly ALL about Him & NOT me}

 

My heart was stirred when I reflected on this truth.  I hope like me, you would yearn for a life like this.  An obedient life born out of love (not obligation or compulsion; which is the legalism) for the master is sweet to our souls!  Then, we will do like Paul and stand strong & firm for the truth!

Video – The Normal Christian Life – tangle.com

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