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Blogged Bible Study – Galatians 2

Reading this chapter, fresh was the way to do it this time for me.  I have read it many times and heard different leaders speak on it, and still something bothered me about it.  The LORD is good to shine new lights, and HE knows how my brain works!  In the past I have watched people take this book and bash Peter, and do it by saying they are following Pauls example. (Remember, Paul heard, then he saw, then he confronted – this is not how I see many confrontations taking place.) The problem I have with that is God also had Peter write two books of the Bible and I can’t excuse them as its a whole book from cover to cover.  SO my question to my self before GOD was, “what am I supposed to make of this?” and “doesn’t there have to be more to this than just confrontation?”  Here is what I came up with…

It does not matter how much you love Jesus, or how very much you are setting out to serve HIM, there will always be something there that will cause you to think “well maybe this will apply as well”.  I see Peter that way, and he fell to Legalism, as do many many well meaning Christ Followers.  Then I look at Paul, and it was right for him to call Peter on it.  This particular chapter is not just about “False Teachers” as whole.  This chapter is following up the verse in chapter one that I started this study with.

Gal. 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of God our Father…

Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I know longer live,but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of GOD, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Do you see the theme? Jesus death on the cross was enough! Its finished, HIS words not mine.

This chapter is about knowing your freedom in Christ, and what the blood of Jesus has done for each of us, and allow no man to alter that in the slightest way, the result in this instance was bondage to Legalism. (Which in my opinion, is the strongest bondage in the Body of Christ today! point fingers at someone else, judge unjustly, tell someone how to dress for church,anything that adds to the Gospel message for human gain..Legalistic!)

Once you are bound by something, it seems to be easier to fall to anything.

What do you believe? Does your belief system work for you?  In this chapter I see two loved very much by Christ, both serving HIM, and a confrontation needed to help one out of the bondage that has started to consume him.  Can you relate to thinking you are on the right track, only to find later deception was trying to tie you down?  It happens, pray that it does not happen to you?  I am praying for the same thing for myself.  Let’s not bash Peter, and let’s not put Paul on a pedestal.  But look at the application, we will soon enough be on both sides of it in some point in our life.

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Philippians 1:19-20

Philippians 1

verse 19,20  for I know that the through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or death.

 

In verse 4 of this same chapter, Paul tells the Philippians of his prayers for them, now this verse is his prayer request for them to lift him up. Paul is asking for deliverance, he wants them to pray for it. It is not about life or death. His prayer is for his witness to be Christ no matter what happens.  Regardless of imprisonment or death, or freedom..Paul is asking that he continue to glorify Christ in his body.  

While studying through these two verses, again I am blown away at Paul’s faith.  He is not doubting that there will be deliverance. He is believing that it will either be worldly and temporal or heavenly eternal. Still deliverance.  His focus is on Christ, and how to glorify HIM.  

Just something to think about…remember Paul used to be Saul, who persecuted Christians. I am sure he saw many amazing things in those martyrs deaths.  Stephen..singing praise while being stoned…and I am sure the others had something of Christ about them while they died.  Now Paul is looking at the same thing for himself.  He wants Christ to be glorified in his body.  

Over at Philter48 , we have talked about different things this could mean, and purity is one of them..very interesting thoughts..go over and check the conversations out, join in where ever you choose, or just read..  I would love to hear your thoughts on these two verses, either here or over there in our Philippians Study Conversations.  Peace.  Christ be glorified in our bodies, whether we live or die…amazing, good stuff!


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Desire = suffering?

Today while reading Experiencing GOD Day-by-Day, by Henry & Richard Blackaby, something hit me differently than ever before in this passage.

Matthew 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “if anyone desires to come after ME, Let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow ME.”  

So many have been fed a gospel that is comfortable, and requires no suffering, then when these things happen, they walk away from God.  Sounding off about how HE did not fulfill HIS promises, and the Christian walk just doesn’t work.  If you feel this way..you have been misled!  This walk isn’t comfortable most of the time, and suffering is par for the course…really.  Jesus suffered to bring us salvation, and we, too, will suffer as we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are not now nor will ever be greater than our master.  

Still desire HIM?  I hope you say yes.  Although at times, we cry out with pain, we have a constant friend who is closer than a brother, the Holy Spirt.  HE will guide us, comfort us, teach us, and intercede for us.  The benefits of knowing Christ, and making HIM known are far greater than any suffering.  Just look around you…this world is cursed, and its going to fall apart. You can’t stop it, you can try, but you can’t stop it.  All the petitions and phone calls to your congressmen and senators is not going to change the course that God has already laid out.  HIS plan does not have flaws.  

The one who truly desires HIM, is carrying thier cross(what ever that may be), and believing that HE is worth it!  I believe that HE is worth it.

Father God, please hear our cries for your mercy on us and the world around us. Please help us to walk in step with your Spirit, to deny ourself and pick up our cross. Life in this world is so temporal in comparison to an eternity with YOU.  Yes, YOU are worth it.  Help us to stand strong, help us to be lights to a dying world. Please unveil the eyes of the ones that are misled about you. Give them and us a hunger for your Word, and to believe with all our hearts its Truth.  Your princess who believes you are worth it, and we just are not home yet.

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Blogged Bible Study – John 19 (Prophesy fulfilled)

As we enter the Holiday Season, there is no better time to look at the crucifixion of Christ.  Christmas is not about a cuddly baby in a manager scene (although I have mine out also).  Its about God fulfilling Prophesy, and showing us that HE will do what HE says HE will do. THe plan of GOD to redeem us, and save us from certain death, eternal torment, from our wicked ways.  No greater love, huh?

Prophesy

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, for unto us a son is given…

Fulfilled

Luke 2: 4-7  the baby is born..

Prophesy

Isaiah 52: 13-15, 53  He will be lifted up, HE will be beat and unrecognisable, dispised, crushed for our inquities, punishment that brought us peace will be upon HIM, by HIS wounds we are healed…like a sheep to the slaughter..no words of rebellion, no words of deceit..God’s will to crush HIM for our sin..redemption is promised…

Fulfilled

John 19:30  “it is finished”

Oh Dear one, let this settle down into the very depths of your heart.  Long before your family tree was a seedling, you were chosen by the King of Kings, and if you are struggling with believing GOD in your life for whatever you are needing..or whatever HE said that you feel in not applied to you..God always comes through, and HE is believable…HE did what HE said in this chapter of John, and HE will do everything that HE has said…So many read this and say, “How barbaric!” but the prophesy needed to be fulfilled..Because God does what HE says..and there is truly no greater love than this.

As we celebrate the coming holidays, remember it was the Prophesy beginning to unfold, there is not alot of prophesy to unfold yet, but make no mistake, it will.  And Jesus will return for the ones who believe, the ones the Father has already given to HIM, and the crucifixion will show the great need we have had all along for this prophesy to be fulfilled.  Thank you Jesus for being obedient even to death on a cross..and being the Way the Truth and the Life…Precious!

(please read through the scripture listed above, as I have only given a summary of each..be blessed…HE loves you so! please read the other entries of this chapter in the “Carl’s Blogged Bible Study”  Peace)

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Note to “Self”

 

Self, you have become extremely annoying and overtly distracting.  Seems to me you were supposed to be dead, but when I least expect you..there you are with all your ugliness!  So what ever it takes, and however long the battle, you- Self can’t win.  You see…

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  Galations 2:20

I am limiting my time this week on blogsville, I will still be around just not near as much…I am battling “self”, and not quite understanding how something that is dead, still has so much strength.  Do you battle with Self, is this something that will never end on earth?  If so, then what does Galations 2:20 mean…? 

Thought of this video and you can go there and see it Mercy Me- so long self

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