Galatians 3 - God Today
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017Harvey Katz

Galatians 3

 
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Hello GOD TV viewers, welcome, and my name is Harvey Katz. So glad to be with you today and I’d like to read to you from Galatians 3 and it’s about the receiving of the Spirit and it says this, starting in verse 1: “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”

And then it goes onto verse five: “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? – just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you, all the nations shall be blessed.’ So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”

So many believers are striving to prove and please God by their self-effort, but it’s faith that turns to the Lord, it’s faith in Jesus Christ. You no longer have to earn God’s approval. What we want to do is walk in faith with Him. It’s not striving under the law and keeping rules and regulations. It’s walking in a love relationship with God through Jesus Christ and, it’s so important that Paul had to stress that it’s by faith that we receive the Spirit and it’s by faith that we walk in the Spirit of Christ. And that’s where our freedom is. There is liberty in walking in faith in Jesus Christ. 

Let’s pray. Father God, we thank You that we no longer have to strive under the law to earn Your approval. We thank you oh God that we can have a living relationship with You, through Jesus Christ and that we receive the Spirit and it’s through the Spirit that we are able to do all things, that testify of Jesus, and the Spirit strengthens us within. And now, Lord, we just want to thank You and turn from our own self-effort and welcome the Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ, Amen.

6 Responses to “Galatians 3”

  1. Hmm. help me Lord. I’d love to find the balance in my life that demonstrates freedom. That feels like freedom. When growing up in a home without intentional structure and discipline – in adulthood discipline takes great effort – and failure is too common. It can feel weighty and frustrating and very much like striving. So how does one find the peace that these passages offer when the foundation is out of order? (This passage talks about Paul’s correction as Peter was looking to circumcise followers to “become Jews” instead of what Christ died for which was the circumcision of the heart and I do understand that I don’t earn salvation by my efforts. But isn’t then my salvation for the Kingdom and His purposes?) my struggle is with the burden of guilt – it seems always to come through my lack of discipline in the word and in worship. I come and I go – though it is my hearts desire to be a woman of discipline keeping my priorities in order. So I find myself continually wrestling with my “relationship” with God since that’s really all He asks of us – to stay in His word and in His presence. Why should that be so hard?

    • Michael Zobel

      I have been a Christian for nearly 50 years so I have it all together, I’m organized, always have my time alone reading God’s Word, and I am disciplined in all areas.

      Now that I have your attention, my true position is that I am in Christ yet struggle against the imperfections in my life caused by this fleshly body. I do struggle less than I did 50 years ago but the struggle will continue until the day I leave this body behind. What is important is that I strive to improve in all areas and am able to find peace in knowing that my Heavenly Father knows my struggles, knows my heart’s desire is to please Him and He loves and accepts me as I am.

    • Vincent C

      Quite simply, the ‘thorn in the flesh’ is a ‘one size fits all’ – ‘comes with the package’ adornment that when properly framed upon the etchings of your mind; should always draw us back into Holy Spirits presence.
      Thank You Abba God almighty; we pray for every remembrance of You & the works of Your hands for our good for in our weakness Your strength is made perfect. In the name of Jesus, Amen! 🙂

  2. Thank You Lord for Your love for us . We can never earn it, no matter how hard we try. The Good News is that we do not have to earn it. You created us, and You love what You created. As a mother, I love my children so much. They do not have to earn it. I do not love them less if they disobey me. I might be disappointed but my love is always there. How much more is Your Love, You Who created us!! We, as human beings, can never reach perfection. We may try, but we do fail. Thank You Father for always picking us up and encouraging us to move on, that You have our back. Thank You for Your everlasting love that never fails.

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