Choosing freedom instead of religion

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

-Galatians 5:1

The Galatians began to forget the freedom they received when they accepted Christ. Paul is writing to them to challenge them to walk in freedom once again.

In the letters to the Galatians, Paul has to remind the people that circumcision is no longer needed. Jesus had introduced the new concept of Salvation by grace through faith alone. Paul was reminding them that there is no other replacement that would take place of salvation, other than faith in Jesus.

Prior to the arrival of Jesus, every Jewish man had to be circumcised as a symbol of the covenant between God and the people of Israel.


Much like today, some try to achieve good works and kind gestures of earning favor and approval and salvation from God but don’t be deceived. “It was for freedom Christ has set us free”. There is nothing more that we can do to earn more of God’s love or do less to not earn His love. His love was this, He sent His only Son to die a horrible death, “he was led like a lamb to the slaughter…” to bear our sins, past present and future, but He rose on the third day, declaring victory over death, Hell and the grave so that you and I could have eternal life. For this we must choose Him, everyday.

————–Question to ask ourselves

Are there any kind of religious ritual, rule or practice that you engage in as a means of earning approval or favor from God?

————–Reflect

Just as Paul was reminding the Galatians, that it is through a relationship that we have this freedom. Have you invited Jesus into your life?

Romans 10:9 “ If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Good Enough?

GOOD ENOUGH

“To know God is to walk with God, not by religious pursuits.”

At the time the Holy Spirit had spoke this to me, I didn’t have any scripture to emphasis on what He had just spoke to me about. On the next day in prayer this morning He had led me to Matthew 19 when the young ruler came to Jesus and said to Him “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?

Let’s go deeper on that one verse. “What good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?”

Many people are trying to live a good life, by doing good works rather than live a faithful life to Christ. Always looking for ways to better themselves with works than to live a holy life before God. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:8 “For by Grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Religion is what the Pharisees were practicing rather than righteousness.

In Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

There is only one way in which one can be saved, no other way than to call upon the Lord.

Romans 10: 9 “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Congratulations! If that was your first time saying that prayer and believing in your heart you have an awesome life ahead of you! Though it may get hard at times, God is faithful and there is nothing to hard for Him. Get to know Him by getting in the Word and having a steady prayer life. You’ll begin to know the Will that He has for your life. Any other questions, feel free to message me or visit my “Know God” page.  

A “try harder to get better” mindset has little to do with real transformation. We don’t need a new set of tips-and-techniques that promises to lead us to a deeper life with Jesus. But we can learn to nudge our life in ways that intentionally draw us more deeply into relationship with Jesus. The simple focus of our life habits shifts from working harder to be a “better Christian” or becoming a “good person,” to knowing Jesus more intimately. And by knowing him much better, we eventually know ourselves much better, that’s what this “progression” reveals: “Get to know Jesus well, because the more you know Him, the more you’ll love him, and the more you love Him, the more you’ll want to follow Him, and the more you follow Him, the more you’ll become like Him, and the more you become like Him, the more you become yourself.”

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