Month: October 2017

THE BOTTOM LINE

‘For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.’  Galatians 5:6 (NKJV)   The summary of the life of faith is love. The danger with religion is that you could fulfill all the requirements of the law and the law may acquit you as ‘righteous’, yet by the laws of love, you have failed. So what matters in the matter of true religion is not the external observance of codes and rituals; it’s not the implementation of programs and services. It is in the expression of love; true love. What’s the usefulness of...

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THE TRUE JERUSALEM

‘for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.’  Galatians 4:25-26 (NKJV)   There is an earthly Jerusalem that is bondage, in bondage and brings her children into bondage. This is the Jerusalem that still corresponds to (or aligns with) Mount Sinai, the citadel of laws and regulations. While Jerusalem below may have an elaborate and impressive system of religion, all its systems correspond to bondage because the summation of all its rules...

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LABORS OF MENTORING

‘My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you’   Galatians 4:19 (NKJV)   We need more mentors in our generation. The Church needs more deliberate disciple makers, disciplers who work with men and labor with them until Christ be formed in them. The work of the evangelist or itinerant preacher is easy. He preaches. Maybe people get saved or maybe they don’t. It doesn’t matter. He preaches and he moves on. But not so with the discipler. For him, the real work is not in getting people saved but helping them remain...

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EXPECT REJECTION

‘Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?’  Galatians 4:16 (NKJV) If you always want to be loved, you will never be a true follower of Christ; neither will you be His faithful servant. Those who always seek the approval and acceptance of men, will be unable to speak truth. Truth has a bell attached to it and it’s the bell of persecution. When you speak the truth, even those who used to be close to you will begin to despise and hate you. Your friends and family may actually begin to persecute you when...

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SERVE YOUR SERVANTS

‘And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus… For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.’  Galatians 4:14-15 (NKJV)   Such love the Galatians had for Paul. Paul was obviously suffering some disability that could have earned him reproach of some form, but the Galatians refused to despise or reject him. On the contrary, they received him well and honored him as though they were receiving someone...

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