January 30, 2006
GalatiansWhat a gracious, merciful God I serve. I read through Galatians the other morning in my devotions, and I was amazed to see the lengths that Christ's death and resurrection worked in my rotten condition. I have been saved from a horrible state--Death. Punishment. Destruction both eternally and physically and relationally. I've been saved out of all that, but I have been called into a higher life. I've been called from nasty into glory. Out of bondage into freedom! What a joy. I charted out just a few of those wonders.
Worship with me in the life Christ bought for us.
|+||Christ.||Spirit.||Justified by Faith.||Heart.||Freedom.|
||Gal. 1:1||Gal. 5:16||Gal. 2:16||Gal. 6:15||Gal. 5:13, 5:1|
|-||Me.||Bite + Devour.||Me Cursed.||Alive Flesh.||Slave to the flesh.|
|+||The Cross.||Law of Love.||Christ Cursed.||Dieying Flesh.||Slave to God, yet an heir.|
||Gal. 6:14||Gal. 5:15||Gal. 3:10-13||Gal. 5:24||Gal. 5:24|
But, none of this is because of me or in me. It is only because of Christ. He saved me for this new way of life--to live in the new life he brought to earth.
But, oh how quick I am to live and glory and put my trust in the things he died to release me from! How quickly I run to the "easy" things of the externals and the outward. I really like fixing the outside up in my flesh. Its easy to put on a fascade. But, He really wants me to fix my motives, my internals, my heart.
Those externals pop up more than I like, and a ton more than God allows. But, I must look at them no more! My flesh is a dieing foe; it is a beast that has been dealt the death blow, yet still writhing in spitting pain and agony. It has no power over me. The nail is in the coffin. Now, thanks to the price of the cross, I can revel in the Spirit life. The life that bears amazing fruit.
God help me to turn my eyes off of my flesh, only to gaze on the cross.
Posted by jonkopp at January 30, 2006 03:36 PM