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Grace And Truth

  • You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. Galatians 5:7'8 WEB

    The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Galatians who had been turned away from grace by some legalistic brothers. Though the Galatians were gentiles (non Jewish believers), they were taught that they had to obey the 613 commandments of the law as if they were Jews in order to be saved.

    Paul asked them who had interfered or 'cut in' on them to keep them from obeying the truth. The term 'cut in' means 'to hinder, interrupt, to get in the way.' Anyone that has been cut off in traffic has experienced this. The Galatians had been pushed away from grace and truth and turned to legalism. Now they were trying to keep a long set of rules to earn their acceptance.

    Legalism has always been a hindrance to a move of God. I find that when my desire for God starts to weaken, that I slowly gravitate towards a set of rules, and soon I become close-minded and lukewarm. Where legalism is found, the personal relationship with the Lord is pretty much dead, and a timely word from God (Rhema) is necessary to bring back the fire, to uncork the zeal inside of us once again.

    When you connect with the heart of God, you will find that it is never about keeping rules. It is all about love, loving Him, and loving others. His commandments are for our protection and they provide us a guide to a happy life. 'Sleep with thy neighbors wife and he may kill you, so don't do that'' 'Turn the other cheek lest ye be stabbed, for it takes two to fight.'

    Jesus Christ was full of grace and truth, but He constantly faced legalism while He lived on the Earth. The highly religious, legalistic Pharisees wanted to 'correct' Him:

    'The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, 'Why don't your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?' He answered them, 'Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, But their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' 'For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men'the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.' He said to them, 'Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition' (Mark 7:5'9).

    Jesus said that the Pharisees had 'set aside' the commandments of God, and held tightly to their traditions. The Pharisees had added an 'oral torah,' the 'tradition of the elders,' that was taught alongside God's written law and passed down through the generations. It contained things like washing the arms up to the elbow seven times before eating. This manmade law was then taught as if it came from God. In essence, they worked hard, for nothing.

    The same tendency lives within us today. So stay teachable, stay humble, for when you feel like you have arrived, that is a sure sign that you have not. 'Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know' (1 Corinthians 8:1'2).

    The only way to stay balanced is to stay close to God and be led daily by the Holy Spirit. 'But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law' (Galatians 5:18). It is something that we work at daily to keep the fire burning. Love God, love others, and check behind your teachers.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please draw my heart to You and light a fire within me. Let me be known as Your disciple because of my love for others. Share Your heart with me and teach me to hear Your voice clearly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

Aug 20
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father please help me to hear Your voice

Aug 20
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

Aug 20
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you God for all my Blessings. Amen

Aug 20
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God is awesome.

Aug 20
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 20
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

◄ 4135. mul ►
mul: to circumcise
Original Word: מוּל

◄ 4139. mulah ►

mulah: circumcision
Original Word: מוּלָה

◄ 4393. melo ►

melo: fullness, that which fills
Original Word: מְלא

https://biblehub.com/text/genesis/29-8.htm

Aug 20
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God 

Aug 20
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I am waiting on your truth Lord.

Aug 20
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. Thank You Father Yahweh for what you have taught me thus far and what you are teaching me now. 

Aug 20
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I pray to hear Your voice and follow Your will, Amen.

Aug 20
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 20
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Teachable and wanting to know the truth.. Thank you Pastor

Aug 20
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for Your forgiveness, lead me to hear Your voice clearly in a way I can understand and be obedient to Your command. That Your love and grace be with us always to show others what love is, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Dear Pastor and Sylvia, God bless you both for the work you do for us. 

Aug 20
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Aug 20
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God please Amen 

Aug 20
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Aug 20
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Aug 20
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Aug 22
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen 

Aug 27