Covered By the Same Garment—Day 3

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Covered By the Same Garment—Day 3 Galatians 3: 26-29 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female.” What would we do if we hear someone praying and their prayer goes like this? “I thank You, God, You did not make me a Gentile,  I thank You, God, You did not make me to be a slave, and I thank You, God, You made me a man and not a woman.” Immediately, for some of us there would be animosity in our hearts with the thought of, how dare you think you are better than I am. Well, this was believed to be the Morning Prayer for a Jewish man.  He would thank God that he was not made a Gentile, a slave or a woman because they were disqualified from several of the religious privileges. However, in our devotional passage, Paul is stressing that the old guard and inequalities have come to an end.  A new standard has been...

Covered By the Same Garment—Day 2

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Covered By the Same Garment—Day 2 Galatians 3: 26-29 “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”  Our devotional passage says, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Whenever groups of people are wearing the same clothes, it is never to place emphasis on equality, but the emphasis is on being unified. As we meditate on this particular portion of the text, Paul does not leave room for us to be indecisive regarding our being in unity with other believers. Our baptism in Christ is what binds us together, and it is our baptism in Christ that changes us. Baptism is viewed as putting on Christ, and, our devotional passage presents Christ as a garment that we as believers cover ourselves with—representing our new life in Him. It is believed that changing clothes was symbolic of an inward and...

Covered By the Same Garment

By on Aug 22, 2016 in Covered By The Same Garment | 0 comments

Covered By the Same Garment Galatians 3: 26-29 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” Our devotional text this week is one we often hear being quoted to support radical or revolutionary agendas.  However, the reason for which it was written is very seldom or if ever mentioned. It is important for us to know, to attempt to use God’s word out of context and for our own agenda leaves us on our own, and in threat of eternal consequences. So, let us meditate on this popular passage this week and enjoy the reason for which it was...

Beyond Superficial Change—Day 5

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Beyond Superficial Change—Day 5 Isaiah 55: 7-9 “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us begin with a familiar quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” This popular quote is often used to inspire those who are looking for a different outcome from what they have been getting. It is believed that we cannot stay the same and expect something different. It is strange that our world, as lost as it...

Beyond Superficial Change—Day 4

By on Aug 18, 2016 in Beyond Superficial Change | 0 comments

Beyond Superficial Change—Day 4 Isaiah 55: 7-9 “He abundantly pardons…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Repentance is to turn from sin; it is to forsake it and turn to the Lord. When we repented of our sin, we made a choice to leave behind the ways that were familiar and destructive never to return to them again. Meditating on our devotional passage today, we see how willing God is to have mercy on us despite our past transgressions, when we repent. How awesome it is to know that God does not deal with us as our sins deserve, he has compassion on us and the devotional passage says, “He abundantly pardons.” To say that the Lord abundantly pardons suggests that God has a great supply of mercy for our multiple offenses. One of the refreshing things about a merciful God is that we can...