Faith … Not Works

Today is a reminder of faith, not works. This is a reminder for those Christians who feel like they have to revert to observing the days, the festivals, the law, because they want to think that these are still a requirement along with the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. The Galatian church had the same problem, and here is what the Apostle tells them: “You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified? I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to to be made complete by the flesh? Did you suffer so much for nothing – if in fact it was for nothing? So then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?” Galatians 3: 1-5 It’s so easy to slip back into works, and works for the right motives are good, but are the works you do, honestly for the glory of the Lord, or for you to feel better that you might be more righteous if you do these things. It’s all about the heart! I’m not judging your hearts, but simply asking the very questions posed in Scripture. God knows!  He wants us to honor Him with good works, which are works done from a heart of surrender to Him. A heart that will do whatever brings glory to the Lord Jesus.  But all of us have to be careful, that legalism doesn’t creep back into to our thinking. The Galatians had the Spirit, but they fell back to adding it to the works of the law practiced so long, but without righteousness.  So, for the one who honors God, not to be seen by men, but to be seen only by the One who gives the direction, it is your faith that will keep you, and it is your faith that will stand on that day.  To the one who feels like they have to honor God by keeping up with works that were present through the ages, well, I can only say this: It didn’t work out very well for the Israelites.  It’s all about what He did already for you, not what you do, that brings you the right to stand before a holy God. So today, look at the motivation behind the things you do. Are you just sick of fellowship out of love that you revert back to the law? Faith is about love; it’s about fellowship; it’s about putting others before self, and loving the unlovable. That’s faith! That’s trusting that our Lord will deliver us through faith, through the Holy Spirit who is the only One who guides us today, not the works that make us think we are finally doing something. Pastor Andy

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