Devotions for April 25, 2014

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Galatians 3:1-5

Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. 3 How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4 Have you experienced[a] so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

5 I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

Galatians 6:14-15

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross,[a] my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.


Q:In your Christian life, have you found it easy to do everything on your own? Are you being made perfect in God’s eyes by working hard all by yourself? Paul refers to this as being foolish. Why? Who makes you perfect in God’s eyes?

Q:Paul says to the church in Galatia that because of the cross, his interest in this world has been crucified. Is your picture of your “perfect life” different in light of what happened on the cross? Why? What was it about the sacrifice that was made on the cross that made Paul lose interest in this world? Was that same sacrifice made for you? Can you lose interest in this world for a God who loved you so much that He sent His son to death for you?



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