THIS IS IMPORTANT!

 

November 27


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Read Galatians 6:11-13

See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.

 

Reflect

 

Paul had something important he wanted to impress upon the Galatians so he grabbed the pen from the scribe who had been dictating and wrote in big letters. It’s like when we type in all caps or bold the font. Paul wanted his readers to understand how important his message is.

 

The Judaizers were telling the Gentile believers that they had to become Jews in order to be Christians. Circumcision was a part of Jewish law, so legalists were compelling Gentiles to get circumcised. But their motivations for urging them to do this were selfish. They wanted to impress people by the number of converts they had won. They wanted to be able to brag about it.

 

Men were also practicing circumcision in order to avoid persecution. The message of grace and salvation through faith but not through the law was not a popular one with Jewish legalists. So legalists persecuted the early church. In order to avoid this persecution, some men practiced circumcision in order to make it look like they obeyed Jewish law, even if they didn’t.

 

Paul pointed out that these people were not just selfish braggarts or cowardly compromisers. These people were also hypocrites. They kept the law of circumcision with sketchy motives, but they don’t bother obeying the rest of the law! So what good is their circumcision? It wasn’t good for anything except ungodly glory. They were living to impress men and not God. Paul was calling them out for their dishonesty.

 

Friends, THIS IS IMPORTANT! Following Jesus is not about impressing others. It’s not about following laws so we can brag about ourselves. And it’s not about avoiding persecution. If we are honest and sincere believers in Jesus’s work on the cross, Jesus himself warned us that we will face persecution. We cannot compromise the message of the cross for any reason! Not even to avoid persecution. And certainly not to make ourselves look better at the expense of others.

 

Pray

God, I confess that sometimes I seek to impress those around me. But following You is not about my comfort or my safety. It’s about making disciples. Give me the courage to continue to share Your Gospel with those around me, even in the face of persecution. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Father, please give me wisdom in sharing Your truth, timing and appropriate words to fit obvious and obscured needs. Amen
I am praying with you for healing for Matthew & protection over Michael Christopher & Andy as they goes back to school soon.
Josephine - I am praying with you for protection over Andy & Teddy as they go back to school & work - that God will use them in a mighty way & strengthen them daily! I am also praying for your financial needs to be met.
Amen this was a great word!🙌🏾
Amen. Glory be to God, Hallelujah!!!
Amen!!
Little white lies are best seen in the movie “ The black Swan”. There is no in-between. Question is : which one are u following? Apostle Paul gives a clear cut case about honesty.
No other way, but through Christ
Thank you
I agree
Pray for them that God will open their eyes and they will see truth.
Amen
Yes indeed, I agree. There are friends of mine who think that there are alternative ways of getting into God's Kingdom. To them it is not through His Gon, Jesus Christ. But I keep hoping that one day they will understand the truth in my conversations with them.
Powerful!! I am so blessed to read, study, and mediate on this scripture and etc. Thank you for sharing this.
I am always inspired, uplifted, and filled with hope when reading Gods Word. Following You is not about my comfort or my safety. It's about making disciples.
I rely on God for the for the blessing of others will provide ,much more.
Heavenly Father I come to with Praise if Glory and Honor only unto You. Father I Pray You Bless guide lead and make Andy's and Teddy's way only in Your way, Will and Perfect timing. Lord Please remind these young men and Josephine that Lord they never walk alone! That by your Grace these young men are protected in more ways than they know. Please remove all fear but Your fear Father from Josephine and fill her with Your Flowing Love Light Strength to always Trust in You. Father I Pray as these young men go out you assign Your Guardian angels to Protect them in every way through You Father. In Your Loving Mighty Powerful Holly Name Jesus I Pray Amen.
Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord I want to follow and obey Your Word. I know I don't always do so. Lord I need Your strength and guidance. Let Your Spirit fall fresh so I wil not boldy disobey You. And when I do, I am convicted, and come to You to repent. I dont want to be a hypocrite or brag and boast about ungodly doings. Lord, with You by my side, I am able to do the will You have for my life. In Jesus, Holy name I pray, Amen.
*THANKYOUJESUS*
Please pray for my son's Andy and teddy Andy is returning back to school we ask for protection and teddy is going back to work and we need God help to pay our bills thank you all amen
Thanks for the message.
Amen!
God your all I want and need
Amen...I try to allow God to order my steps,actions, and words...to ensure I am plesing God.
Matthew healing. Michael Christopher Andy return to college this January.
Thanks Pastor Nat for this very important reminder. "A word to the wise is sufficient". I must confess that sometimes I am guilty of wanting to impress others around me. But then I am reminded and brought to my senses by the Word of God. and instructional devotional like these. Lord, help me today not to live to impress others, but bring You glory and honour. Help me not to compromise the gospel, but to make disciples even if persecuted. Empower me to stand firm in the truth. Amen!
Amen.
It is difficult not to want other people’s attention and praise. God wants us to live praising him by sharing his love and mercy. Lord help us to love you more than the praise of others. For your glory and praise. Amen
Thank God for the devotional and thank you pastor Nat and hope we'll have a wonderful weekend
So true Pastor. To follow Christ is to live to please an audience of one.