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All The Promises

All The Promises

06 November 2009

Scripture:

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you. (Galatians 3:29 NLT)

Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you. (Galatians 4:7 NLT)

The letter Paul wrote to the Galatians is about law and grace, faith and works, religion and relationship. The message it speaks to me year after year as I read these words is:

• The law shows me where I’ve gone wrong. Grace alone makes me right.
• Works tries unsuccessfully to earn rewards, to pay the ransom, to purchase a ticket for the party. Faith gratefully receives what God has freely given.
• Religion tries to work from the outside in. Relationship is from the inside out.

It seems like the bridge I’ve got to cross first is from trying to be good enough that God will let me come and stay at his house with his kids over to realizing that he has adopted me into his family and he’s my Dad and I am one of his kids.

The second bridge I’ve got to cross is between trying to struggle along with my own limited resources to wondrously realizing that everything in the palace is mine to use and enjoy.

Prayer:

Father, I’m reading Galatians again. Help me get it this time. Or at least get more of it this time! Help me rest and relax more than ever before in my relationship with you, Dad. Help me enjoy my childhood to your Fatherhood more than I ever have in my life! Help me stretch out my hands of faith to use the blessings and resources you’ve provided for me more freely and more effectively. And help me to help someone else start calling you Daddy. Amen.

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