Do Not Row Your Approach To God - Let the Holy Spirit Fill Your Sails


Let this text converse to you coronary heart and soul and thoughts and life. It could be my remaining one!

We're studying Galatians Chapter Three and we have now centered on verse 6.

When coping with this important difficulty of legalism and licence within the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul takes these believers in Jesus again to the Scripture. We checked out Genesis Chapter 15.

Expertise and fads and fashions and no matter is new - irrespective of who brings them and irrespective of the place they arrive from - isn't ok.

Every little thing within the Church of Jesus Christ must be based mostly and grounded upon The Phrase of God.

Paul refers these disciples to Abraham. There are solely two religions if we dare use that phrase - these based mostly on attempting - and religion in Jesus Christ, which is predicated on trusting.

We aren't right here attempting to be good - however trusting an excellent God.

Paul had been introduced up within the environment of attempting. He had turn out to be pissed off and even offended at attempting to turn out to be good - then he met Jesus - and what he had been attempting to realize was given to him - salvation - and safety - and in addition the mercy and beauty and love and forgiveness of God.

Paul noticed the reality. It was excellent news - which is greater than good recommendation.

Somebody got here down from heaven to do what we couldn't do for ourselves - and due to what Jesus did He involves us and presents us all the things in such a easy means.

However some got here saying - it isn't sufficient to belief Jesus Christ - you need to attempt to be good by protecting the regulation.

We have to be cautious to not combine trusting with attempting.

If any person comes and tells you to attempt to be good - he'll put you underneath a curse.

That's not the Gospel of Jesus Christ - and that is what Galatians Chapter 3, specifically, is all about.

Paul has described in Chapters 1 and a couple of how he obtained free from attempting to be good and attempting to maintain the regulation - and now, all that he had tried to realize, he acquired from Jesus.

Peter was on the verge of re-introducing the 'attempting legalistic strategy' - and that's the reason Paul argued with him. Now this isn't thrilling stuff. It isn't one thing that individuals would discover entertaining.

Delight was on the purpose of changing into an obligation.

Paul averted our Christian religion from changing into legalistic drudgery. However this passage - this letter - provides us the chance to like God with our minds, as Paul encourages us to assume issues by.

We really feel we should be doing sure issues - however the image given us is that of our shifting alongside not in a rowing boat however in a crusing boat - some wish to row their method to God. Paul doesn't name it sinful - he calls it silly - silly.

Do not take down your sails! Let the Holy Spirit blow you alongside and encourage you and use you.

There's an argument right here from their expertise - and in addition from the Phrase. Now - each are wanted - as a result of you may have a false expertise.

We'd like the Phrase of God to problem any false experiences and proper any false beliefs.

Expertise and Scripture go collectively. That's one nice important lesson in these verses.

Paul takes them again to the start once they first got here to religion in Jesus Christ, with the query - how are you going to finish issues - how are you going to proceed?

I fastened your eyes on Jesus - I placarded Christ - I pointed you to the Cross.

To get folks proper with God we want a transparent imaginative and prescient of the Cross. Who has made you look elsewhere? Who has turned your consideration away from the Cross?

Whenever you got here to the Cross and heard me preach about Jesus Christ and the Cross, you noticed the reality, and God confirmed that by providing you with the Holy Spirit. You believed what you heard - and also you acquired what our beneficiant God gave you.

They had been on the purpose of abandoning one thing that was succeeding, for one thing that gave no satisfaction.

Having begun with the supernatural energy of the Holy Spirit, are you going to go on and attempt to end it, by attempting to maintain the regulation?

Folks do get to that time the place they assume they will handle it themselves and succeed spiritually, themselves.

It's what God does and goes on doing that basically issues.

Paul seems at an entire sweep of Scripture - referring to Abraham and Moses.

Abraham believed. Abraham trusted God that he would have a household to cross on the road. When he believed and trusted it was reckoned to him as righteousness.

Galatians - are you able to not see? We're descendents of Abraham after we come to consider. It's believing that issues - it's religion that issues - trusting God.

Verses 9 and 10 are powerfully robust. You needed to observe and preserve all the things within the regulation - however no man may do it. The regulation calls for perfection - 100%.

The regulation can not address failure - and it can not provide forgiveness. It was sacrifice after sacrifice to have one's sins handled. The regulation can solely inform you what to do, and punish you when you break it. The regulation can solely inform you that you're unhealthy!

God in His Grace gave a promise to Abraham, 430 years earlier than the regulation was given.

The promise was given to Abraham and to his seed - who's Christ.

At 33, Jesus Christ died - after having saved the regulation - and His Sacrifice was accepted by the Father - and He is ready to elevate from us any curse.

Jesus took the curse and paid the worth of the ransom - our good sinless Passover Lamb. Jesus was punished as if He had damaged each a part of the regulation, in order that we might be launched and let loose. That is the Gospel for the entire of mankind.

That night time earlier than Jesus went to the Cross He made His Will.

Flip to John Chapter 14 verse 25 - "Peace I go away with you; my peace I provide you with".

That is what Jesus presents. That is what we obtain, and it might contact each half and space of our lives - the peace of God.

Give due to God that Paul fought this important battle - and provides due to God that Jesus Christ on the Cross did all that was required that we could be forgiven and launched and let loose, and later anointed with the ability of the Holy Spirit.

What we're studying of here's a trigger for thanksgiving.

Supply by Sandy Shaw