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Good morning! “Even that question came up only because of some so-called believers there—false ones, really—who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.” Galatians 2:4-5 NLT

Here Paul is remaining faithful to the call. He is addressing the fact that the false teachers wanted to impose that one had to be circumcised to be saved. However, Paul is sharing the freedom we have in Christ – salvation is by faith alone. Because of Christ, circumcision is not what sets us apart, it is the acceptance of Christ as our Savior and Lord that does – thank you Jesus.

As Christians we often hear the word of God from others and decide to accept what is said. It’s important to read the word of God to ensure we are not lead astray by legalism and man-made rules.

Father God, we thank you for the gospel message. We thank you for giving us a discerning heart to follow your truth. Lord, please work in us. Open up our eyes to see your truth. Help us to understand the depths of your death on the cross and resurrection from the grave that gives us freedom in Christ Jesus. Help us to love like Jesus – with compassion, care and loving correction. Give us wisdom not to take the bait of deception and anger, but remain humble and focused on your purpose and plan. Be our shield from the enemy and strengthen our faith. In Jesus name, amen.

Keep seeking God’s truth! Keep trusting God’s word! Keep praying!

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