The Gift of Grace

 

November 13


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Devotional

Read Galatians 5:1-4

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.

 

Reflect

How do we let ourselves become burdened again by the slavery of the law?


No other doctrine seems to be as misunderstood as grace. Some view grace as a license to sin. Others worry that without continuing to enforce the law, chaos will ensue in the churches and everyone will rebel and live as they please. They are legalists who continue to enforce strict rules on top of grace. But both license and legalism lead us right back where we started. Slavery.

 

If we are viewing grace as a license to sin, we are still allowing sin to rule in our lives. We are letting sin have a stronghold in us that it should not have. If we are in Christ, we have died to our sins. We have been born again into children of God who have the inner disciple of the Holy Spirit. Sin should no longer rule over us. If we are continuing to live in the sins of our flesh, we are continuing to live in bondage. License is not freedom.

 

If we are legalists, enforcing man-made rules to try to change human behavior, we are allowing the law to rule in our lives. We are depending on our flesh to try to save ourselves and change others instead of allowing the Spirit to do His work. Depending on our own efforts to follow the law is continuing to live in bondage. Legalism is not freedom.

 

Friends, freedom is found in Jesus Christ plus nothing. Jesus set us free from the bondage of our sin. Our old sinful self died with Him on the cross and our new spiritual self was raised to life with Him. We have the Holy Spirit inside of us! The Spirit guides, directs, and convicts us. The Spirit shows us how to walk in obedience to God without the strict rules of legalism. The Spirit also convicts us when our feet begin to wander and leads us astray. The inner discipline of the Holy Spirit draws us back when we have stumbled.

 

When the Holy Spirit is working in our lives, we are not depending on our flesh or living in our flesh. We are depending on God’s grace and living by the Spirit. We are submitting to the Holy Spirit’s leading and work in our lives. That is the doctrine of grace and it truly is freedom.

 

Don’t allow yourselves to be burdened again by the sins of your flesh or the bondage of the law. You were set free in Christ. Stand firm on that promise, friends!

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for setting me free. Your grace is all I need. Guide me with Your Holy Spirit in freedom and truth. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


 

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Thank you Father for reminding me that I am redeemed through the blood of Jesus. I am one with you! I Am the Great I AM
Thank You for Your grace, Lord Jesus, and help me to understand how to graciously accept it and benefit from it so that I may love my neighbour as myself.
Amen! Awesome answers to difficult questions, thank you!
Thank you for the cross Lord. Thank you for your grace mercy and peace you put in our lives daily.
Thank you, Salvation is a free gift, thank you Jesus
Lord give me grace to accept and follow your guidance🙏🏼
Dear God show me where I am still in bondage and guide me to Freedom thank you for your mercy
Dear God through the help of your Son Jesus, may I be guided daily as I live under Your grace and mercy
Dear Lord, let me continue to depend on your "Grace." Guide me with Your Holy Spirit in freedom and truth. Amen.
Excellent excellent teaching there is such misunderstanding about Grace in the body of Christ and it's just so unfortunate that the Ministries within the churches are not teaching poleline theology in the revelation of the mystery that was given to Paul Paul addresses the two issues concerning Grace What then shall we continue in sin that Grace May abound God forbid Romans 6 1 and 2 I think it's chapter 6 verse 14 or 15 where Paul says shall we who are under grace and not under the law continue in sin God forbid Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and all the works of darkness in to live righteously and soberly in this present evil World it empowers Us by the working of the spirit to do what is right and holy and righteous in God's sight
This passage, I know that I really rely on God.
My chains are gone ! I’ve been set free ! Sin no longer has a hold on me ! Jesus set me free ! Amen Amen and Amen 🙏✝️🇺🇸
Amen father!!!!!!!
Thank you Jesus, Amen
An appropriate scripture for our social and political times.
Amen and amen
Thank you this makes me think about a lot of things that we need to be aware of and keep our eyes on the Lord thank you for during this time it's been difficult this year that we can share and we can give to one another because nobody is out of the loop ever every one of us will deal with something stressful nerve-wracking and even tragic and sometimes we'll even wonder where God is and even though we go through it we know that he's with us even though we don't think anybody understands you know the word measures up
Yes Lord, Amen
Jesus, I can not thank you enough for Your saving grace. Lord You offered Your only begotten Son to pay the price for mankind sins. Continue to strengthen, heal, and guide us through Your Holy Spirit. For Your grace is sufficient. Greater is He that lives in me than he that lives in the world. Our ultimate victory is already secure. Glory!!!! Jesus in Your name I pray and thank You. Amen, Amen, Amen.
Thank you for the comments. They are sincere and common. We all struggle with sin. Paul did. Peter did. Well, everyone has and still will today. The Bible is quite clear that once saved always saved. There's nothing we can do to nullify what God has finished. We can grieve the Holy Spirit. We can become a prodigal, but nothing can pluck us from His hand. A signature of authentic salvation is the remorse and repentant heart regarding sin. So you should be encouraged. Regarding the "experiential" claims of Christians, these can be a bit fuzzy and often misused. For example a couple breaks up because one person claims the Spirit is telling them to part while the other claims the Spirit is telling them to stick together. This is where Scripture is so crucial to our daily walk. We must engage in God's Word to know His ways and His will. God will never encourage us to sin or to compromise on His principles. God will take us through hardship and trials, but never to places where we must fail. I'm praying for you and your faithfulness in following Him.
This is taken from Focus on the Family. Remember to look at the context. Context is key Jesus’ statement about this “unpardonable sin” came as He was speaking specifically about the grumblings of the scribes and Pharisees. After witnessing the power of Christ in the healing of a demon-possessed man, these religious leaders made comments like, “It is only by Beelzebul,” or “By the prince of demons he casts out the demons” (Matthew 12:22-24 and Mark 3:22). Basically, the scribes and Pharisees were rejecting the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. They were rejecting it by attributing Jesus’ works to the power of the devil. They weren’t just doubting or even denying the truth. Instead, they were wickedly contradicting what they had seen with their own eyes.
The fact that you are wondering if you have committed that sin is evidence you have not, a person who committed it would have no cares if they did, continue to trust in Christ alone and grow in grace and press on to the prize that awaits you (Phil 3:14).
Thank you Pastor Nat, I am truly blessed by today's encouragement. "Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me today", as I surrender to Your will in Jesus' name. Amen!
I feel convicted even I am wrong. But I hear many Christian brothers and sisters claim the “the Spirit moved me to do this or that”; or, “God spoke to me”. I know this may sound stupid, but I sometimes feel that I may not have His Holy Spirit within me because of my past lifestyle and/or because I still fall from time to time. I worry that I have committed a sin or sins so grievous that I may have lost. But I love God. I hear about the one blasphemous sun but what is it? Have I committed this terrible sin?
I'm truly humbled by His Spirit and enabled to follow Him ! The Spirit filled life is oh so good !
Come to Jesus just as you are. Maturity with relationship will follow. The Holy Spirit comes in one's life at salvation and does not abandon.
Jesus alone...nothing else. However...relationship required....Jesus must be LORD of one’s life. The Holy Spirit will then live within Peace that Jesus promised will prevail through His Love. It starts with us. Repent and Ask Jesus to be Lord. He is ALL we need.
So true and so beautiful ! Salvation, the gratitude for it , Gods Spirit enables us to live freely, following Him ! Hallelujah !
This freedom goes against our nature for it is not freedom from God to self but freedom to God and his obedience. The Holy Spirit gives us the desire to obey the Lord’s leading in our lives. Where you lead mr Jesus I will freely follow. No turning back no turning back. Free to obey the one we love. Amen
Where do I begin to thank Pastor Nat, for this simple clear explanation/teaching the "law" and "grace" Jesus did it I am free indeed. Amen
Thank you God and pastor Nat and thank God for bringing us this far Amen
You never dissappoint. Pastor Crawford, thank you for allowing God to speak to you, in such a way, as to make complicated concepts clear I appreciate you, Kimberly-Beth
Thank you brother Crawford in the mighty name of jesus christ please keep me in your prayers. My name is lightning Hopkins Scales please pray for me in the mighty name of jesus christ our lord and saviour, amen brother.