Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Galatians! Thank you to everyone sharing in the comments on Facebook and Instagram. You are doing so good! Keep on going!!!
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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The Galatians were being tempted over and over to abandon their faith-based salvation and instead return to elementary principles of working for their salvation through following the law. They were observing days, months, seasons and years commanded in the Old Testament but in Christ, they were freed from this legalistic obligation. It was not earning favor with God and greatly upset Paul. He had invested his time teaching them the gospel and they were departing from it and turning his hard work into vanity.
Many like to attend church on Christmas and Easter so that they will feel like a good Christian – but God looks at the heart. He wants our heart 365 days a year. All the world religions require good works. That is the weak and worthless principle this world offers to right our wrongs. This is not God’s way. We are not saved by our good works. Are you ever tempted to trust in your good works or to be prideful about them?
Paul loved the Galatians so much he did not want to give up on them. Instead, he continued to preach with fervor to correct their errors. Is there someone in your life you are tempted to give up on? Write their name below. Do not give up. Keep praying for them and follow up with them this week to see how they are doing.
Paul shifts his method of explaining to the Galatians that they are not saved by the law, by using the allegory of Hagar and Sarah and their two sons. One was a son of the flesh – born to a slave woman and the other was a son of promise – born to a free woman. They represent two covenants –the old covenant and the new covenant. Under the old covenant, they were slaves to the law and their man-made attempts to earn their salvation. Under the new covenant, they are free. Paul wants them to live free!
Sarah and Hagar did not get along and God told Abraham to send Hagar and her son away. Paul says to cast out the slave woman and her son. Law and grace do not get along. We will spend our entire lives trying to earn favor with the Lord if we do not kick legalism out of our lives. In what area do you struggle with legalism or trying to earn favor with the Lord? What do you need to let go so you can experience the freedom of grace?
Christ had set them free from the law, the power of sin and the power of death and yet the Galatians were wanting to return to the yoke of slavery. They were relying on their circumcision to earn favor with God but it truly counted for nothing with God. God was only looking for their faith.
A free person should not want to return to slavery, yet we see some people reject the grace of Christ and try to earn favor with God either through their good works or through following legalistic man-made rules. Friends, if you are in the habit of adding too many rules to your life, you will grow weary in your walk with the Lord. A good work becomes a sin, if it is for the purpose of earning favor with God. Instead, we should do good out of a heart of faith and love. In what ways or areas have you fallen away from grace and freedom in your life?
Paul reminded believers that they had been set free, but they needed to be careful not to use their freedom to serve their flesh. Their freedom was not freedom to sin – but rather freedom from sin. The grace of God was meant to lead them to serve one another in love.
One of the greatest fears of a legalist is that if they give people freedom, they will take advantage of it and sin. So, rules are made – that aren’t in the Bible – to keep people in check. While this is a danger to the freedom Christ has given us – there is also a danger, when we feed the flesh what it selfishly wants, without loving others. Which do you struggle with more – being too legalistic or being so free you fall into sin? How does remembering to love and serve others bring balance to your freedom?
Paul did not want them to rely on the law to keep them from sinning but rather to walk by the Spirit. But he knew there would be a battle between the flesh and the Spirit because the two are opposed to each other. He told them that the only way to not gratify the desires of the flesh was to be led by the Holy Spirit. In doing this, they would be free from the law and would be pleasing God.
The Galatians may have felt there were only two choices, follow the law or sin. But we have a third choice and that is to walk by the Spirit. Paul says when we walk by the Spirit, we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. He does not say you will not have the desires. He only says you will not gratify them. What fleshly desire are you battling right now? The Holy Spirit is inside of you and he wants to free you, but you must be led by the Holy Spirit rather than the flesh to overcome that desire. Surrender that desire to the Lord right now and ask him to help you not gratify that desire but instead walk by the Spirit.
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Galatians.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:
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Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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