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Jayden Van Dyken

Galatians Chapter 5

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Verse 6.
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts
is faith expressing itself through love.”

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I love this chapter so much as it introduces what practically living free from the law looks like, Paul introduces the fruit of the spirit and how since we’re free, it’s not an excuse to indulge in the flesh
but to love one another in that freedom. And here in this verse Paul reiterates that the only thing that counts now in Jesus is faith which is seen as love for one another, not separation through following the law or not following the law.

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Applying this just seems too simple, love one another, but on our own it’s not as simple as we think. But through faith Paul writes, love is seen, through pushing further into God and what he’s done, we are free to love. This verse is a beautiful reminder that the expression of my faith in God should be using my freedom to love and bless others.

Pray//
Dear Lord, I’m so sorry for when I don’t love in the way you’ve called me to, please continue to remind me of your love and goodness that I may be a blessing to others in the way my faith is seen as love. Thank you for your overwhelming love that I just seem to get lost in, you are so good.
Amen.

 

 

Galatians Chapter 4

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Verse 7,
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

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Paul just goes back to the roots of our faith here, using the heir analogy at the start beautifully describes how when Jesus came and died, that was God’s appointed son to take us from slaves to his children who are heirs to his kingdom. In the rest of the chapter Paul asks the Galatians why they now go back to what enslaved them, he reminds them that they are free from all that and have a much more beautiful future ahead of them then what the world can offer.

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I think I always need reminding of who I am, because I forget and fall back into what the world has to offer but applying this chapter I feel is just daily, in my time with God, thanking him for adopting me, for choosing me. I am no longer a slave but God’s child, and reminding myself of that fact is one of the most effective ways of impacting how I live and leading me further into God’s plan for me.

Pray//
Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much, even when I was your enemy, that you would choose to call me your son and adopted heir, I’m so sorry for when I turn back to what enslaved me before, but I thank you that my identity as an heir is firm and I can always rely on knowing that truth.

 

 

Galatians Chapter 3

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Verse 3,

“Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?”

 

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I loved reading this chapter because Paul incredibly clearly speaks of the curse of the law and how Jesus bore that curse so that through faith we would be saved. But I love how he starts, “You foolish Galatians!”, he tells them off and then sarcastically asks them this rhetorical question, “Did you receive the Spirit by works or by believing?” He’s saying that it’s ridiculous to try and progress in your faith by means of doing better and being a better Christian, but because we started our journey by faith, we get to continue through faith.

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This is something I do consistently, I remember how amazing God is and how he saved me through no work of my own, then try and almost repay that salvation by being a better Christians and feeling guilty when I can’t. Applying this I feel for my own life just means waking up, thanking God for what he’s done, and asking that he would continue to work in me and allow me to trust in his work more rather than my own.

Pray//
Dear Lord, I thank you for my journey with you started through faith in you rather than my own works, I’m sorry then for when I try and continue my journey with you through my works rather than trusting in you. You are so good to me, thank you for all you’ve done.

Amen.

 

Galatians Chapter 2

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Verse 1,

“Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem…”

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This chapter holds so much in it on the issue regarding the early church and how it saw Jews and Gentiles, circumcised and uncircumcised, and how Paul had such a massive impact on this debate, yet among all that, it’s the first verse which stood out to me. It took Paul 14 years between his revelation of Jesus and him stepping into the ministry he’s so well known for. This astounds me because it shows that God requires a process of preparing and strengthening of one’s own relationship with God and understanding of the life God has called them too before setting them out in ministry.

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This stood out to me so much because it’s a reminder that ministry and mission and any work for God isn’t about the individual who steps out and does amazing things, but about God being evident through the amazing things, and being humble enough to step out of the limelight takes serious time just hanging out with God. Applying this just simply looks like reminding myself of the importance of just loving time in solitude with my father in heaven, being saturated in his love.

Pray//
Dear Lord, I thank you for the incredible impact Paul had on the church and what we can learn from his life, but I thank you that it was because he knew you and spent time with you. Teach me how to more wisely use my time to be in your presence, and I pray that in your time, use my life to glorify your name.

Amen

Galatians Chapter 1

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Verse 10,

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

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In the opening chapter of Galatians Paul addresses the issue with the churches in Galatia, that people are preaching a different Gospel and members of the church are believing new messages which are teaching differently to the true Gospel of Jesus. Paul then simply identifies that the Gospel of Jesus is cemented into eternity, it’s done and dusted, and if anyone should change that Gospel, may a curse be on them. I love this because in verse 10 the root of the issue is revealed, that if we’re trying to please people, we’ll fall into this trap of false Gospel’s, but when we try and please God, we’ll hold firm to what we know to be true.

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To apply this, I need to be asking myself daily, “who am I trying to please by doing this?” And looking at Jesus for my strength in living to please God rather than people in knowing that God’s work on the cross is finished. Cause naturally I think we all want to please people, but when it comes to something core to our faith, we can’t let ourselves turn aside from what we know as true for temporary fulfilment or popularity among people.

Pray//

Dear Lord, I thank you that your finished work on the cross means I don’t need to be caught up in trying to please people, but I know that in your son I am pleasing to you. Thank you for the life you’ve given me, and I pray that you would help me fix my eyes upon you when I seem to be distracted by the world.

Amen.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

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Verse 15,

“Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.”

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This chapter speaks of idleness, and Paul warns the church to not associate and be wary of fellow followers who live a lethargic Christian life. I really loved how Paul spoke about the importance of not tiring of doing what is good and living a life of excellence, yet he followed this by saying to not associate with those who do not. Paul doesn’t want us considering other Christians enemies because they’re not living up to the call of Christianity, but to encourage them and warn them in a way which shows that we care for them, but how they’re living isn’t the best way for them to thrive.

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Applying this into my own life would be reminding myself that the people in my life who aren’t living the way God is calling them to are still loved by God and I’m called not to judge and condemn but to build up and encourage others in a stern yet loving way. This also includes giving those around me whose opinions I respect and value, permission to pull me up on the things in my own life I could be working on.

Pray//
Dear Lord, I thank you that you’ve called me to a life of excellence, a life that glorifies you with all I do, I repent for when I fall short of this and pray you continue to work in me and use the people in my life to help me along. I pray I would be able to lovingly admonish those in my life the way you would.

Amen.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

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 “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”
Verse 13

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 In this chapter, Paul gives the church a warning to be alert and awake as there is a day in which the man of lawlessness will come be revealed and oppose all of God’s work and God himself. Throughout the chapter, the language is very doom and gloom speaking of how the enemy will work in the days to come. However, I absolutely love how in verse 13 Paul reminds the church that in contrast to what the enemy is doing, we get to be thankful for our brothers and sisters in Christ, thankful that God would chose us to be his children, his heirs and beloved sons and daughters, and that we get to hold fast in this truth.

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As I was reading this, the language Paul uses of, “but we ought always to thank God for you”, reminded me that I need to get better at building up my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ by thanking God for them. The body of Christ is called to live together in joy and celebration that we were chosen, and I was reminded of how thankful I am for the people God’s surrounded me with.

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Dear Lord, I thank you for the body of believers I’m a part of and for the wider church. You chose us to be your firstfruits and I pray you continue to develop in me a spirit of gratitude for the brothers and sisters around me and for the gift of salvation that has called us all back into your family.

Amen.