By faith, not by law…

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Thanks to Holly Starr for sharing this picture!

Salvation has always been by faith and never by law. Abraham received the promise by faith.

In Pauls letter to the Galatians (3: 10-24) he writes that the law as a guardian for the people of God to “…keep a sinful people in the way of salvation until Christ came, …” (MSG)

Lets consider what this means for awhile, by looking at something of a comparison between law and grace:-

Firstly, what does law do?
– awareness of keeping safe
– tells us how to live in peace
– fear of transgressing
– punishes or consequences of disobedience
– black and white, knowing what is right and wrong (moral compas)
– lets us know are failures & shortcomings
– second hand encounter with God

Secondly, what does grace in Christ offer?
– forgiveness for sin at the cross
– first hand encounter with God
– law as relationship written on our hearts
– right and wrong becomes a joy of desire to live out of a relationship to bring joy to Father’s heart.
– Christ took on our punishment for our transgression upon himself at the cross

In conclusion, in Christ we no longer live under the burden of Law, but instead through relationship with Father God made possible through Christ Jesus and it is because of this relationship written on our hearts our response is not living by obedience to the law but that of obedience to the relationship we have with Father God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Live it! Perhaps today you have been living under law rather than relationship. Go and re read John 3:16, it is out of the immense love that God has for you he draws you to him, see also 1 John 3:1.

 

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Let grace not law abound!

Devotion based on Numbers 30

When i consider this chapter it fills me with the beauty and praise for the wonderful providence of God’s grace!

The responsibility of the Father to be a covering and watchman for his Daughter.

The responsibility of a loving husband to be a covering for his wife?

When you read this pasage do you see your legal right or with grace and love? Continue reading

God hates injustice yet his patience is amazing!

Reflections based on Psalm 82:5 (NLT)

Darkness is the absence of light!
Injustice is the absence of justice!
Injustice is a lack of respect for others!
Judgement is a consequence of sin!
Judgement is the absence of righteousness!
Righteousness is living daily out of a respect for God!

Consider the lack of respect there is for Creator God in the world! We hear daily in the news of nations oppressing their people – this WILL lead to divine judgement. Yet! God’s grace and mercy always triumphs first – the very nature of God is that He doesnt desir to bring judgement and destruction for the injustices of humankind but instead WAIT patiently for as many as possible to turn from rebellion, ignorance or wickedness to CHANGE hearts and live in RENEWED relationship with Father God! After all did not Jesus at the cross receive judgement that he didnt deserve for our rebellion ONCE & FOR ALL TIME so that through the cross we may know forgiveness and live CLEAN before Father Creator God!!!

STOP living in darkness ask FATHER GOD to forgive your rebellion, ignorance and see that JESUS took the judgement you deserve away at the CROSS so that you CAN start LIVING RIGHT with God TODAY!

If you not part of a CHRISTIAN church already find one they will help you grow in the things of God!