Reconciled Week One Day One

Welcome to Day One of our study! I’m so glad you are joining me. I’m praying that this study changes our hearts and gives us a deeper understanding of how God loves us.

Let’s jump right in!

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

The process of reconciliation begins at salvation. Salvation is defined as the act of saving someone from sin. The truth is we are a sinful people created by a sinless God. He couldn’t be near sin, but desperately wanted to be close to us. God loved each of us so much that He couldn’t stand being parted from us by sin. He created you for companionship with himself. Companionship is the good feeling that comes from being with someone else. Isn’t that precious? He wanted an object of His affection, and darling, it was you. I love the book of Nehemiah because it is a beautiful picture of restoration and hope. Nehemiah is called by God to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. A wall is symbolic of salvation, and as I read Nehemiah it is so clear that it is about so much more than a physical wall. Nehemiah rebuilds the wall, and then sets out to encourage and rebuild the people of Israel. Nehemiah 9 is one of my favorite parts of the story because it talks about the continuous rebellion of God’s people. It’s so relatable to my life, and if I had to guess, I’d say it’s relatable to yours as well.

Read Nehemiah 9:17-19 NIV Below.

“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies. Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.“

We have continuously turned back to slavery.. We have been stiff-necked and rebellious… We have worshiped idol after idol without a thought about the God that will forever be thinking about us. Maybe you grew up in church and you’ve always done the church thing, maybe you know about God but you stay away from church because you’ve done too much and those church people wouldn’t understand, or maybe you haven’t heard of Him at all, but the theme is the same… we are all a stiff-necked, rebellious people. We set up idols (figuratively) and we worship other gods.. We worship the god of pride, the god of fear, the god of money, the god of self-gratification, the god of addiction, the god of bitterness… the list goes on and on.

You may have seen his miracles. Like the children of Israel, He may have performed miracle after miracle for you, but when it comes down to it, it’s easier to walk in the  slavery that you’re familiar with, then to step out into the freedom that is unknown. 

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The Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt the moment they were uncomfortable. They couldn’t see the promised land; it seemed far away and vague. They knew what to expect in Egypt. Sure, they would be enslaved, but they would have familiarities and they thought that is what they needed. The reality was that the promised land may have been unknown territory, but it was the place of freedom, freedom that they had been needing for far too long. God constantly protected and pursued his people during their journey from slavery to freedom, and he will constantly protect and pursue you in your journey as well.

Because of His great love, you can come back to your first love, or meet your first love for the first time. I don’t know your background, I have no idea where you’ve been or what you’ve done, but I do know that you are not alone. I stand beside you and declare that I am a stiff-necked, rebellious person in need of a forgiving, compassionate Savior. I want to pose the question, Have you met Jesus? Not religion.. Not a mentality of right and wrong.. Not a system… but have you truly met the person of Jesus? It changes everything. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal if you 

have been saved by the blood of Jesus. If you have been, then take some time today to thank God for the gift of salvation and ask him to constantly remind you of his love towards you. If you haven’t, then I invite you to meet him… Because salvation is simple.. salvation is free.. salvation is Jesus. Talk to him. Confess that you are a stiff-necked, rebellious sinner and you’re desperately in need of a Savior. Repent of your sins and tell him that you believe in the finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ and then accept the free gift 

 

of salvation. Invite him to come into your heart and change everything.. Because rebellion is okay for a little while, until you end up broken, bruised, and empty, but freedom in Jesus is more than enough for forever.

Thoughts to ponder for today:

What does Nehemiah 9:17-19 say about us?

What does Nehemiah 9:17-19 say about God?

*Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on Nehemiah 9:17-19. I’d love to hear from you. Until tomorrow…

Jordan

Reconciled Week Six Day Five

I can’t believe our six week journey is coming to an end today! I have so enjoyed this six weeks together! As we bring our journey to an end I want to spend time today talking about our God dreams. We all have dreams for our lives… vision… a plan… The dreams you have for your life are on purpose. God created you distinctly you. He wired you with your own desires and gifts that make you beautiful in your own way! Part of the reconciled life is a life following the God dreams you have!

Proverbs 16:1-3 “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Commit your God dreams to God and he will show you how to achieve them.

Reconciled Week Six Day Four

Our theme verses for this study are 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NLT “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

These verses have so many different levels and today let’s take time to talk about verse 18. In verse 18 it says God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For us to be able to reconcile people to Christ, we have to be around people. We must take the time to connect with the people around us. As we go to our jobs, our schools, our grocery stores, our churches, we must go with eyes and hearts open to seeing the people around us. I think a lot of us have a tendency to become so focused on our problems that we don’t notice the people around us. If we take the time to see the people around us, our problems will start to seem smaller somehow. We might begin to realize that we aren’t the only ones going through something, and maybe, just maybe, we will begin to find courage for the battle because of the people around us.

1 Peter 5:9 says “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Let’s take time to see the people around us, knowing that others might be going through the same or similar sufferings than us, and let’s use our stories to connect with others through transparency and love.

Reconciled Week Two Day Three

In today’s society we are all about filters and marketing our best selves. We post our highlights on social media and authentic conversations are hard to find. We spend our days with hashtags and cutesy posts and less time in real life situations.

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Verse 19 says God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. The best way to relate to others is to be authentic and transparent. In a world of fake, it is refreshing when someone isn’t afraid to share their junk with you. Our greatest pains in life can often times become our greatest tools to reach others for Jesus. When we let people see the real us.. the us that God reconciled through Christ.. then it just might be what they need to take their own step towards reconciliation. All God really wants is for us to walk in relationship with him and with others. He uses he broken parts of us to connect us to others.

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If we never share our broken parts how will we relate to others?

Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is urging the believers to give willingly. He is talking about giving of items but I think this concept of giving can be applied to all of our things: time, story, skill, money, etc.

2 Corinthians 8:14 “ Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.”

In some seasons of life, you will be depleted. It will be hard to see the goodness of the Lord.. you will need someone in those times to be transparent with you. Someone who has gone through the same struggle and is willing to share the hope God gave them for that hard time.

In other seasons of life, you will be full.. overflowing even. In those seasons, look around. There is someone in this season that you can give the gift of transparency to.

Our lives are a series of chances. Chances to give hope and love to a dying world. Doesn’t it make you feel good to know that every part of your story has purpose? It makes me feel so thankful that God would give me a story that will help me reach others for him.

So share your story.. be transparent.. be authentic.. and then, maybe, just maybe, the world will be a little brighter because you did.

Reconciled Week Six Day Two

I need people in my life. I’m the poster child for extravert. I love people… young people, old people, all people. I’ve always been one to go out with friends as much as humanly possible. I love doing life with others. God creates us to love him first, and then to love our neighbor as ourself. I think it’s really easy to love the neighbors that are just like us.. It’s easy to love the neighbors that we see on a once a week, once a month, or once a year occasion. But it’s a lot harder to love the neighbors we see day in and day out. We want to make disciples of all nations and so we go and serve our little hearts out in the world. We sign up for every small group, every serve day, every community outreach, but we neglect the people in our home. We are so busy loving the outside world that we forget about the world inside our four walls. We forget about the husband, the kids, and ourselves. This hits me hard.. it hits me fast.. it hits me to my core. If we are going to live each day reconciled, we have to live each day on purpose.

The ministry of reconciliation is more about the people close to us, than the masses of people surrounding us. All throughout the New Testament you see instances where Jesus is surrounded by people but ministering directly to one. He’s personal and intimate.. and we can be too. In the middle of the crowd, Jesus took time to address the needs of the one. If we are going to truly walk out the ministry of reconciliation, we must take time to address the needs of those around us.

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Are you spending your time focusing on the masses or the one?

 

Why do you spend time focused more on the outside world than your inner people?

I think sometimes it is easier to focus on the outside world because we have time to prepare ourselves for the outside world. Our inner circle sees every part of us. They are around during our best and worst moments. If we are going to truly love our people like Christ loves us, we must surrender everyday to Christ. Because when we are in the thick of dirty diapers and dirty dishes, laundry and to-do lists, we must be surrendered to God so that we can walk with grace and humility. Loving our people is one of the most beautiful ways God can use us. He chose you to be the wife, the mom, the sister, the friend to your people. And if he chose you then He will use you to make his name famous among them.

Reconciled Week Six Day One

Welcome to the final week of our six week journey together! I can’t believe our study is coming to an end! This week is all about the ministry of reconciliation. If God gave us the ministry of reconciliation then what does that look like? This week we are going to uncover how to own our story, love our people, share our heart, build our relationships, and dream God dreams. Let’s dive right in. 

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made 

him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

God reconciled us to reconcile others and that is such a beautiful thing. The enemy knows that your story is powerful.. your freedom is life-changing… your mission unstoppable. And so, he hits us with all kinds of fear about our past. If he can keep us afraid to be transparent, he can keep others bound in their chains. Your story is the key to someone else’s freedom. God reconciled to reconcile. God chose not to count your sins against you and if he did that for you, he will do it for others. We reach people through transparency. Your story is uniquely yours. No one else has walked your road to reconciliation, and even though it was messy, in the mess you found Jesus and you will never be the same.

Hosea is such a beautiful story of how God constantly takes us back. He knew we would wander, but he came after us every single time. I love Hosea 2:14-16 because it’s a beautiful picture of the reconciliation of Israel. Israel had worshiped other gods and turned their back on Him, but he came for Israel and he came for you and me.

Hosea 2:14-16 NLT says “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Troublec into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes,” says the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband’ instead  of ‘my master.”

This is reconciliation. This is your story, this is my story, this is the story a hopeless world wants to see. God wanted to win us back even after all of our sin. He led us into the desert, not to dry up and die, but to give us tenderness and love. The messy part of our life, turned out to be the best part of our life because it’s where he restored our vineyards and transformed our trouble into a gateway of hope. We found him in the desert and we came back to our first love. He reminded us of his freedom and he gave us love. Now instead of saying he is a master, full of a list of regulations and commands, we get to say he is our husband full of love and devotion. It’s so beautiful.

The desert places in my life are the places that I see his hand at work the most. And if that is where I see him the most in my life, it just might be where others see him the most in my life as well.

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But for others to see the desert places I have to let them into the desert places.

What is the hardest thing about letting others into our desert places?

Why do we suppress our story?

Your story is less about you, and more about what Jesus did for you. I give you permission to own your story. Don’t hide from it… don’t run from it.. Embrace it. It’s where you found Jesus… It’s where you found hope.. and it’s where others will find hope too!

Make a timeline of your life. In each time period, write how you see the hand of God at work. Release your story to him and give him permission to use it when he wants, how he wants. Embrace it.. it’s beautiful…

Day 2- Love Your People

Reconciled Week Five Day Five

To live a life reconciled to God is such a beautiful promise. God created a way to reconcile us to himself, choosing not to count our sins against us and then gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Next week we will talk more about the ministry of reconciliation. Today let’s focus on our prayer life with God.

Growing up I always said my dinner prayers, morning prayers, and bedtime prayers. I had little chunks of time that I was “suppose” to pray. I would say basically the same thing at each prayer time, going through the script I had created for my daily prayers. When I got older I began to realize that prayer is not just a time to go through a script, it is really just taking time to talk to God. That’s it. About everything. The good.. the bad.. the ugly. It is such a beautiful time to lay our requests before his throne and to boldly ask for the things we need. It is a time to thank him, and a time to step in the gaps for those who aren’t strong enough to pray for themselves. It’s such a holy experience that can produce so much peace and fruit in our lives. No wonder the enemy tries so hard to trick us into just a daily to do list of prayer.

Prayer is our greatest tool for this battle. It is inviting God to do what only he can do and it takes the focus off of us and onto him.

Look at the following verses about prayer. Then take some time to ask God to strengthen your prayer life. To give you the courage to begin to ask him questions.. simple questions.. hard questions.. questions in between. As we begin to invite him into our hearts through prayer, we will begin to see his power explode in our lives.

1 John 5:14-15 ” 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

James 5:13-16 “13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Reconciled Week Five Day Four

Do you ever wish your life tied up in a pretty little bow? Like the house was always spotless, with everything constantly in it’s place. Your children were always clean and proper and they always made good grades and looked like they walked out of a magazine instead of out of a candy factory.. Your husband came home at 5 every night with roses or chocolate and you had dinner on the table with a smile on your face… Your clothes were always ironed and your weight was always ideal. Your family would laugh around the dinner table and everyone would smile and it would be beautiful?

Me too. But it doesn’t. My life looks more like a circus than a movie scene out of the 50’s.

I think the chaos of life often times causes us to pray prayers like “God please help me be more productive.” “God please help me to not screw up my kids too badly.” “God please help my husband look past the mess tonight.” “God please help me lose the extra weight quickly.” “Please God fix it.”

Now, I am not saying we shouldn’t pray prayers like these sometimes, but what if there is a better way?

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The Israelites knew a thing or two about chaotic environments. They spent most of their time wandering around, fighting, and grumbling. In Deuteronomy Moses reminds them of their journey with God out of Egypt and into the promised land. Let’s look at Deuteronomy 1:27-31 NIV together.

“You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’” Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

The Israelites had been in slavery for years, but even in their freedom they found things chaotic and messy. Can you relate? In verse 27 they said, “The Lord hates us, so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.”

Do you ever feel like God delivered you from one place or situation just to let you fail and fall into the hands of another hopeless situation?

I have.. But Moses’ words in verses 30-31 encourage me: “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

What did God do in the wilderness?

After reconciliation, life will still be messy. There will still be seasons and things that we have to overcome, but during the hard times we can trust that God will carry us.

Prayer,

Thank you that my life doesn’t tie up in a pretty little bow. I pray that during the messy, chaotic parts of life that I will remember to let you hold me. God shift my view from one of seeing only the problem, to a view of your hand at work instead. Thank you for the chaotic parts of life, they bring opportunities for you to carry me to a new place. I love you.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Reconciled Week Five Day Three

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are enjoying week five of our study! I can’t believe we’ve made it this far! I’m praying that God has been drawing your heart near through this study! Growing up a child of divorce, I learned how to adapt to different surroundings really well. My parents divorced when I was two and so growing up I had two homes. I developed a strong ability to adapt to whatever environment I was in because I wanted to fit in everywhere. If I could master fitting into my surroundings, I could make everyone happy. I just needed to figure out the environment and adapt. If I could do that and do it well, everyone would be pleased with me and the world would be a beautiful place.

As I got older, this mindset moved into my secret life with Jesus. If I could figure out the “christian” environment, and adapt really well, he would be happy with me, other would be happy with me, and all would be right in the world.

Adapting to the “christian” environment doesn’t work as well as adapting to my physical environments as a child. As I walk this journey with him, I mess up daily. I like to think that I have my environment figured out. I like to think that because Jesus and I are close, I won’t mess up… but that proves time and time again to not be the case.

If I am truly going to live everyday reconciled by God, I’ve got to come to terms with my very real humanity. If God isn’t surprised by my humanity, I shouldn’t be either.

If I’m going to still fail and mess up after he reconciled my spirit, soul, and body, how am I going to make it?

How are you going to make it?

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I think the key is letting Jesus hold us in the middle of our humanity. When we fail, we must run towards him, not from him. We surrender our sin quickly, and then we let him teach us in the middle of it, we will find that failing is okay, because in the failures we see him and learn from him.

 

1 John 1:8-9 NIV says “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Today complete this challenge:

Describe a time claimed to be without sin. A time when you ran from God, not towards him. What caused you to run? How did you feel? How did you get out of the deception?

Now describe a time when you failed and you confessed your sin quickly. What was it like? How did you learn from him in the middle of it?

Write a prayer thanking God for being your safe place. Ask him to constantly remind you to run to him, not from him when you fail.

Reconciled Week Five Day Two

I’m a pretty independent person. I struggle with letting others help me. I like to figure out how to do something and then take it from there. I think it might be a defense mechanism; if I do it myself, then no one else can mess it up, it will be on me. Clearly I have some control issues that the Lord is still reconciling. But anywhoo, a lot of times this affects my walk with the Lord. As he teaches me new things, for some reason I pick them up and begin to make them my responsibility. This is fine for a minute, until I begin to cave under the pressure. The truth is whatever I pick up, becomes my responsibility to carry. But if I leave everything in God’s hands then He carries it for mIMG_1644.jpge.

I forget sometimes that my job is to be obedient and surrendered to Him; his job is everything else.

Isn’t it funny how we make our freedom in Christ our responsibility to maintain sometimes? He saved us so that we could be free, but we begin to take responsibility for maintaining our freedom. If we were good at maintaining freedom, he wouldn’t have had to come to the world in a manger and die a sinner’s death on the cross. But he did, to save us from ourselves.

I love that God wants to maintain my freedom. I love that no matter how many times I begin to make things my responsibility, he gently takes the things I pick up and reminds me that they aren’t mine to carry.

You’re freedom in Christ is just that… freedom in Christ.

What have you picked up lately that wasn’t yours to carry?

Today I took my granddaddy to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. I brought my lap-top and my lunchbox, because I need snacks in my life, and left everything else in the car. I had two bags and that was manageable. We went into the prep room and they got him ready. Before they rolled him off, he gave me his bag of belongings and his crutches. Now instead of two bags, I had three bags and a set of crutches. Boy did I look silly. I walked down to the coffee shop because we left at 5:00 a.m. and it was necessary. The whole way there I tried not to make eye contact with anyone because I knew what they were thinking, “Geez that girl has a lot of stuff in her hands.” “She looks super awkward carrying that stuff.” “Aww, bless that girl’s heart, she is struggling to carry her things.” And I was… I was struggling. I had to be very strategic as I walked so that I didn’t hit anyone with the crutches or the bags. I began to feel anxious because I was carrying so much and it was so hard to manage. In life it’s the same way. When I carry things that aren’t mine to carry, I feel heavy and weighed down. When I feel heavy and weighed down, I begin to get antsy and anxious.

1 Peter 5:7 NIV says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Oh how I wished I had someone to come into the hospital today on a white horse and offer to carry my bags. That would have made my day so much easier! But that didn’t happen.. and I carried the bags everywhere I went. 1 Peter 5:7 says that we do have someone in life who comes in on a white horse and offers to carry our bags, so why don’t I let him? Why don’t you let him? Today I’m choosing to give Jesus my bags, because he saved me so that I could be free.

Prayer:

God thank you for offering to carry my burdens. I’m sorry that I try to do it all alone when all you’ve ever done is offer to take my everything so that I can be free in you. You are my knight in shining armor, my savior, my provider. Today I am choosing to give you all of my burdens because you died so that I can be free. Lord I surrender to you because I know that you are good and I can trust you. Remind me daily that my life is yours and you care about me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Reconciled Week Five Day One

We’ve spent a lot of time over the last four weeks uncovering what it means to be reconciled by God. He has taken the time to reconcile our spirits, souls, and bodies to himself and He will continue to reconcile us every single day. Reconciliation happens daily, because daily we fail, and daily we need Jesus. I want to take you back to week one and remind you of the truth that God reconciled us and chose not to count our sins against us. Because of his great love, we were reconciled and because of his great love, we walk a reconciled life daily through faith in his love. The book of Galatians is a letter written by Paul to the churches of Galatia. In Paul’s letter he addresses the mis-teaching that salvation is faith plus works. The jewish christians were so accustomed to the law, that they were teaching that you needed to conform to the law and have faith. They were so stuck in their customs, that they couldn’t fathom that the cross of Jesus was all that it took. I think this is a trap that we can fall in after salvation. I grew up in the Bible-belt of the south and was programmed to do good not bad from a young age. When God showed me that it was just because of Jesus that I had salvation, I was finally able to let him in to reconcile my broken areas.. but a part of me still falls into a good not bad mentality from time to time. If we are going to live reconciled, we must grasp the truth that Paul talks about with the churches of Galatia that the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. This is what gives us the holy courage to fight the good fight of faith day in and day out.

Galatians 5:1 NIV says “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.”
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Christ died so that you could be free… Truly free. He didn’t die so that you could figure out a system to be good more than bad. He did it so that each and every day you could walk in grace and truth. So many times I find myself forgetting that Christ died to set me free. He brought me out of my slavery and into beautiful freedom. I don’t know about you, but a lot of times I find myself enslaved to worry, guilt, shame, fear, anger, bitterness… I find myself enslaved to the rules and customs that I think I’m supposed to follow, instead of embracing the grace and truth of Jesus.

But what does Galatians 5:1 say? It says it was for freedom…”

Have you ever looked at a long to-do list and felt free? When I look at a long to-do list, I feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. I feel like there is no way I can accomplish everything on that list.

If we look at our walks with Jesus that way, we will feel overwhelmed and under-qualified every single time.

What areas in your life feel more like a to-do list of right and wrong than a loving relationship with Jesus?

The good news about our God is that he made a way for us to be free. We can choose freedom over slavery. When we begin to step back into a system, we must remind ourselves of the relationship. We must constantly ask the Lord to draw us into a love relationship with him. In relationship we will find everything we need to live a life reconciled.

Galatians 5:1 NIV says “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.”

When we begin to fall back into the trap of a system instead of the love of Jesus, what should we do?

When we begin to step back towards slavery, we must stand firm on the promises of God. There will be so many opportunities in this life to be burdened by a yoke of slavery. The enemy’s ultimate goal is to trick us back into slavery. But we have a choice…I love that we have a choice. We don’t have to go back to slavery. The answer to freedom is in the verse above, “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves…”

So simple, yet so profound. The key to staying free from the burden of slavery is to stand firm. What do we stand firm on? We stand firm on the promises of God. We stand firm on the Word of God, and we claim the blood of Jesus every single day.

Prayer:

God,

Thank you for the cross. Thank you for saving me through the blood of Jesus. I pray that this week as I live out my daily tasks, you would open my eyes to areas that the enemy is trying to trick me into slavery. Bless me with spirit eyes and spirit ears as I walk each and every day. Go before me and come behind me. I want nothing more than to be surrounded by you. I choose to stand firm on your promises for my life.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.