Galatians 5 Devotional – Day 1

By August 30, 2021Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS GOOD – There is such an absolute perfection in God’s nature and being that nothing is wanting to it or defective in it, and nothing can be added to it to make it better.

Exodus 33:19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his love endures forever.

Praise God for His Goodness
Praise God that he is completely good. There is no room for improvement in his nature. Praise God that he always acts according to his Goodness. Praise God for the specific ways he has demonstrated his goodness.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Afghanistan – Pray for wisdom and the endless love of Christ to flow into and out of expats seeking to love their local Afghan friends well from a distance during this time.  Pray for that communication to clearly express the love and presence of Christ, amidst much room for confusion and disappointment.

SCRIPTURE READING:
Galatians 5 New International Version

Freedom in Christ
5 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.

2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

Paul says that, “through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness” (5:5). Notice that this isn’t only about how we enter into relationship with God; Paul doesn’t say we eagerly “waited” (past tense). He says we eagerly “wait” (present tense) for the hope of righteousness. As Christians, we live in the overlap of two truths: we are already righteous in God’s sight because of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf and, yet, we are still waiting for the hope of that righteousness to be fulfilled in us. So, one lifelong component of walking with Jesus is this: waiting. In your struggle with sin, meditate on these four phrases that describe how we should wait for righteousness in this life: 1) “through the Spirit”; 2) “by faith”; 3) “eagerly”; 4) “for the hope of righteousness”. When you mess up today, live in the freedom of remembering that you are still waiting.

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