For those who have read through the studies before..this is a refresher of how we do this… several of us are blogging one chapter a week..starting with Galations. You can find the rest of the line up HERE.
When preparing to study any book of the Bible, I find it useful to read the whole book and then go back and start to break down sections. God gave us the Bible to help us and not just tell us stories or give us history(although there is a ton of history to be uncovered in it). I am an application person, so I will be looking at each chapter for the application that applies to me today.
Galations 1:4 who gave himself (Jesus Christ) for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God, and Father,… (NIV)
(This is the main application to the entire book..as I proceed I will reference back to it.) “rescue us from the present evil age” this stood out to me..it could have read This evil age, but it says present..Don’t we live in an evil age? we do. The blood of Jesus is still as powerful today as it was the day it was spilled. The Galations are not the only ones who become duped, who seem to lose their minds, they are surrounded by evil, and so are we.
It seems to me that when reading Galations 1:6-10, the snare of false teaching is there because of their desire to please these people who are teaching something that is not of GOD….I know this sounds slightly off base, maybe lots to you. But please think about this.. We often try to be peace makers, which is a good thing. But we usually end up being people pleasers more oft than not. I have met so many women who openly will admit that people pleasing is a hard strong hold to break. Verse 10 sums up the issue of people pleasing..we must be seeking the approval of GOD and not people! In verse 7 it says that they were confused..confusion always happens when I try to please people and not GOD..We really need to stay focused, that we are rescued from the PRESENT evil, we seek the approval of God. The Gospel story never gets old to me..it means everything to me. Yet still I have had times of being duped, being confused…and people pleasing.
I don’t know if you have a walk with the LORD, if you know HIM or not. I pray that you do! And if you do, and you know that you have been misled, and have fallen to the traps of this present evil age, that you will seek the approval of GOD. And HE does want you to turn from sin, and return to HIM. HE hasn’t forgotten you..HE hasn’t forgotten me..WE can’t forget HIM.
Isaiah 49: 15, 16 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. -GOD
Maybe we need to write Jesus on our hand..tatoo it where we see it 24/7..but lets not forget, lets not be led away into confusion…write love on your hand.. LOVE wrote your name on HIS hand.