Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Faith Workout

TODAY'S STEPS
READ:  Galatians 2

REFLECT:  How were others attempting to intimidate Paul, so that he would alter his message?  

And, what made Paul feel secure so that he "did not yield in submission even for a moment?"

RESPOND:  
1 - Identify people, or things, that tend to intimidate you.
2 - If you are a Christian, who is really on trial in God's courtroom on your behalf?
3 - How does the truth of the gospel give you freedom?

*Share your thoughts on comments and with your Faith Rx'd Chapter.

"I identified myself completely with [Christ]. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not 'mine,' but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.  Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily." (Galatians 2:20-21 - The Message)

2 comments:

  1. 1. Loud Talkers that are non believers in the word, they think because they speak that way that people are supposed to be intimidated by them. Jumping off the diving board is one of the things that intimidate me. It is one of the biggest obstacles I've yet to overcome. Crossfit gyms are sometimes intimidating because the perception is team work, there have been a few boxes that I have been to in which some of the members and coaches came off a bit judgmental when they saw my performance.

    2. I would say either myself of the son of God, Not sure if I understood the question correctly.

    3. The truth of the gospel gives me freedom because though I am tested with trials and tribulation when I walk in faith I am able to do remarkable things. When I depend on God I gain amazing strength. Worry is not something that you have to do when you are living in and have the freedom of the gospel. Though you may be tested daily I know that with God no weapon formed against me shall prosper. It is an amazing feeling to have such an awesome person in my life and that believing in him allows me not to perish but have everlasting life. Sometime answering these post you never know what the person that is reading or posting is going to think about your post, it's such an awesome feeling to get on here read and have my own little devotional bible study and meditate on the word and journal.

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  2. I tend to become intimidated by people who are better at things then me, people who are powerful or famous, or by how little my life looks compared to others. Because I am a Christian, Jesus Christ stands before his father, the Almighty God, on my behalf, bearing my present sins and evil past. The gospel has set me free because as Paul says in verse 20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” What a comforting verse, I no longer need to try to measure up to earthly standards or abide by religious rules in order to ‘impress’ God, because Christ lives in me, and through him I am free.

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