024202 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Galatians 3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (NIV)
I totally sympathize with the little fella in this illustration. Sometimes I am so obtuse that I cannot see what has ben right in front of me all along. No matter how hard I try to follow some set of rules and regulations regarding my relationship with Jesus I must always remember that everything is about what He has done, not what I do. Frankly I cannot understand why it is that we as followers of Jesus cannot simply rejoice in that fact and learn to walk in the same paths that Jesus walked without worrying about how we look for the six o’clock news.
I am much chagrined at all of the many pitfalls the big 3, that is the world, the flesh, and the devil, throw into the paths of well-meaning and sincere folks who honestly want to be like Jesus. The problem is that once we take our eyes off of Him, we are left to our own devices which always seem to come up short.