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At the start ofGalatians 4 we learned that we have been adopted into the family of God, we are saved by the grace of God alone, He chose us.
Let's continue in the chapter and see what happens when we forget to walk in that grace.
19 My dear children, I am in pain for you. Once again I have pain like a woman giving birth. And my pain will continue until Christ makes you like himself.
20 I wish I could be with you now. I wish I could change my tone of voice. As it is, you bewilder me.
In this time that we live in we are surrounded by opportunities to do good things, to help others to do wonderful things for God. The problem is we can get caught up in feeling like we need to DO things to earn the affection, and approval of God.
We can get so busy doing that we forget to just be still and know, to sit at the feet of our Father.
We like rules and guidelines, but God wants relationship and trust.
26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free. She is our mother.
27 It is written,
“Be glad, woman,
you who have no children.
you who have no labor pains.
The woman who is all alone has more children
than the woman who has a husband.” (Isaiah 54:1)
Because the Jews missed Jesus, the Messiah, they missed the grace.
We are saved by grace, we are the children of promise. Let's never miss the grace.
31 Brothers and sisters, we are not the slave woman’s children. We are the free woman’s children.
So let's put on the armor of God, (Eph. 6) let's live like children of the promise, children who have been set free, saved by grace and loved by our Father in heaven.
Studying this passage is a good reminder to pray for Israel, the chosen people of God.
Father, please be with Israel, the Jewish people, Your chosen people, bring them to a saving knowledge of You, help them to know Your love. Help us to know Your love when like the Jewish people we get off track and miss grace. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Because of Him,
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