September 8. 2020

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. – Galatians 3:26-29 NLT

We are living in a world that wants to DIVIDE and CONQUER. There are the typical divisions listed above. Three ways we divide people. Today we seem to be divided by political lines. Those for continuing the world on its path of movement away from God. People who want to vote for Biden\Harris are people who believe the trajectory of the world is going well. Moving away from God, and closer to Government being the role of God; to provide for all our sustenance, care and future needs. Then we have those that want God ordained freedoms, and want government out of our life except in certain areas of basic needs like security, safety and militarily from a foreign actor. Those that support Trump/Pence seem to believe in the old values of God, Country and Family and tend to believe that God is the final arbiter and the PROVIDER of all things needed, Life, Liberty, Sustenance and Opportunity.

Leader, in today’s verse we see how God separates people into the 2 groups. The three great areas of division God addresses here; Sex-male and female, Economic status- haves and have nots (slaves and freemen), and the third one is Chosen or unchosen as God’s children (that is what the Jew or Gentile refer to). Today’s verse is about FREEDOM! Freedom from the issues that separate Americans, freedom from the limits of man, freedoms from the limits or consequences from our past, it is about FREEDOM! Galatians is a book of FREEDOM! With the possible exception of Romans, no other New Testament epistle has had such a profound impact on the history of the church as has Galatians. It has been called “The Magna Carta of the Christian Life.”. Martin Luther called his commentary on Galatians his most important work. Indeed, so great was Luther’s affection for this little letter that he said he was “wedded” to it. Galatians, more than any other single book, became the manifesto of freedom and revival of Biblical truth in the Reformation Era: “the Magna Carta of spiritual emancipation.” It has been called “a small pebble with which the Reformers smote the papal giant of the Middle Ages.” The verse above specifically 3:28, shows us that God has separated us, but not along the lines that we are being separated politically. Not by Black Lives Matter, or ALL LIVES MATTER, not by Democrat or Republican, or by Conservative or Progressive. The Separation is a FOLLOWER OF JESUS or a follower of self\world\government, A follower of the FLESH!

Conduit, there are only two kinds of people on Earth today. Those whom God has saved, and those who are still lost. Every single person, as you read this, are either saved, or lost in their sins! The lost are deeply insecure, proud and self-reliant, mock and sneer at sin, can be very religious having their own strong beliefs that are based in traditional activities and dogmas, captive to sin. The lost are wrapped up in their pound of flesh, their record of wrong- going back decades and centuries wanted to get JUSTICE for wrongs committed against people that might look like them. However, God sees only 2 types of people; Those that have trusted in Jesus and have become a CONDUIT for God’s love and work. Then there is the second group of people who are here for themselves and their own needs, desires, and retribution. Matthew 25:31-40, 45-46 explains how things will play out in a section called the FINAL JUDGEMENT. “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me. And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Today it is time to decide! Are you going to Forgive and seek the LORD and serve HIS PEOPLE? Or are you going to get wrapped up in the bitterroot of the world and march for your rights as you destroy God’s Mercy and Grace? Today, choose, Life or death, blessing or curse!


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