March 13, 2019: SOAP #3387:   Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4F Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God"or rather are known by God" how is it that you are turning back to those weak and […]

March 13, 2019: SOAP #3387:   Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4F

Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God"or rather are known by God" how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Observation:   Paulknew the believers in Galatia.  He hadvisited them twice.  He knew their past,and he knew their present.  He knew their'formerly' and he knew their 'but now.' He knew that they had been set free from being slaves to idols.  They had been motivated by fear to serve theidols.  But they had been set free fromfear.  Now they served the true andliving God being motivated by love.  Whata difference!!!  But someone had toldthem that they needed to obey the law that had served to bring them to Christand had been fulfilled by Christ.  Paulwas concerned that they might give up their freedom in serving God to beenslaved by the legal system that Christ had fulfilled. 

Application:  Everyone has a 'formerly' and a 'but now.'  Much of my life was built around rules.  My parents' rules, school rules, etc.  Even now I deal with rules in my life.  But now, in Christ, I am a child of God; I amHis son!  It is my joy to serve Him.  I serve Him because I love Him.  It is my pleasure to bring a smile to Hisface!  Some of the rules that onceenslaved me, now serve me as they show me how I can please my HeavenlyFather.  His character can be seenthrough the rules he has given.  I canlearn what brings Him joy as I consider His commandments.  It brings Him much joy because I keep Hiscommandments because I want to, and not because I have to!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You are so amazing!  Your love for me is beyond mycomprehension!  I consider the wickednessaround me; I know that it grieves your heart, I pray that I may bring youjoy.  May I bring a smile to your facetoday!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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