Galatians 3:1-5 (NIV)
3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
Paul wrote to the Galatians about the Law and a personal relationship with Christ. While studying this passage for a sermon, God really spoke to me. (There is so much more to this passage, but this is just one portion of it.) Paul had been with the Galatians previously as recorded in Acts. Many salvations, healings, and baptisms occurred. However, some were not accepting this “new” way of salvation. They were saying you need to live as the Jews lived and under the Law given to Moses. I can imagine this was very confusing for the new Christians. So, Paul wrote to them. He pretty much said that just by living according to the law and doing good things does not make you a Christian. He stated that just as they heard when he preached that it is by hearing the Word, having Faith, and a relationship with Christ is what matters. He told them to remember what all God had done for them previously which is in the book of Acts in the Bible. He said they no longer have to live as the Jews because anyone could become a follower of God.
We will not make it to Heaven just by doing “good.” He states that once we ask Christ into our hearts that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. He gives us wisdom in how to live. When The Holy Spirit speaks to us about a situation, we must go the way He intends for us to go. If we do the opposite, we are rebelling against Him. We will do good and follow after the holy living that God has lined out in the Old Testament. This is because our hearts want to live for Him and do what is good and right.
God made the Old Covenant with Moses and the Israelites. When Jesus died on the cross, a new covenant was formed. A week ago we celebrated this covenant. We also know we serve a God who is alive. He died for our sins, yet rose from the grave so we could live eternally with him. All we have to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into our hearts and begin a personal relationship with Him.
We do not have to go through all of the legalities prior because now we can go straight to Him. Let’s not look at Christianity as a way of do’s and dont’s, let us look at it as a heart thing. Don’t live a foolish life such as the Galatians were doing, be wise in everything you do. Be a Christian who has a heart after God.
I want to introduce my blog friends to a dear “heart” friend of mine. I was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This friend was also born with Tetralogy of Fallot. I can share my miracle another day, but I want to share with you today about my friend, Sunni. You see, we met several years ago at church camp (unbeknownst to us, our moms had known each other for years). I saw her “lifeline” (open heart surgery scar) that began a conversation that lasted for hours. We talked all about our congenital heart conditions and our upbringing. In this conversation we realized we had both had about the same amount of surgeries and born with almost the exact condition. At this time, I believe we were both in high school/college.
Up to meeting her, I had never known someone near my age with a heart condition. We shard the things we could and couldn’t do growing up. It was crazy how some things she was able to experience and then I couldn’t and vise versa for her. By this time, I had recently had my third open heart surgery. Her recent one had been several years prior to that.
Following camp, we became friends on Facebook and now both of our husbands are youth pastors. What is different? I’m going almost 13 years with my pulmonary valve and she is going about 16 years with hers. However, it is time for her to have surgery again. More specific, she’ll be having it today. She has been needing it over this past year and has been denied over 4 times by her insurance company. Friends and family have rallied around her with finances and prayers. The total bill originally given was $30,000. It will more than likely be much more than that. I’ve seen a miracle occur in the past couple of months. The hospital told her if she could put a certain amount down as a down payment, she could have the surgery and give the rest in payments. She was able to have enough donated to do just that!
The awesomeness of this heart surgery is it won’t be open-heart! It’s a newer procedure done like a heart cath where they put in the new valve. I think this is awesome! No more open heart for this surgery!
Sunni needs this surgery to give her strength. I saw her the other day and she was very tired and exhausted. I can’t wait to hear about this surgery and her amazing energy she is going to receive! However, with all of this said, she will still have expenses. My family knows all too well about years of payments. Please pray for Sunni today for an awesome surgery and recovery! She needs our support by prayers, finances, and sharing her story. If you would like to give, you may go to this link https://www.booster.com/amelodyforamelody?share=8761396470163625 to buy a t-shirt or you may go to this link https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/xn44/a-melody-for-a-melody to give a donation.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.
Praying for you Sunni!!!
Almost 14 years ago, I was privileged to go on my first missions trip to Mexico. If you have ever been on a missions trip, you know it is life changing. (My future husband had also went to Mexico a week prior to my first trip.) I was able to return there a year later but have not been able to go back due to various reasons. However, my heart (and my husband’s) has always been toward Hispanic people, their culture(s), and the Spanish language since that time. As a teenager, I couldn’t understand the life they were having to live. We literally drove over a bridge from Texas into Mexico and there was a drastic change. The services impacted my life forever. I enjoyed loving on all of the babies, kids, and meeting new friends. A piece of my heart went toward those people. God also began to birth a dream inside of my heart that I plan to share some day in the future.
In February of this year, my husband and I ministered together at a Hispanic youth rally about our most passionate topics – purity and relationships. We were able to join together in worship and fellowship. Of course, we were the ones to walk away being blessed. We heard an amazing testimony of God’s forgiveness and how He can erase your past to propel you into your future. It brought back many memories in a different way since these students have the American culture in their lives, but none the less it brought back my heart for Mexico.
Recently, I have been thinking about this God-size dream he placed in my heart so many years ago. I feel as if now should be the right timing but know it has to be in His timing, not mine. So this week I came across an unfinished coloring page that my daughter had colored in Sunday school. In the corner was this scripture, “I trust in you, O Lord” (Psalm 31:14). I saw it right as I had been praying to God about some God-Sized dreams that I have. I don’t know when they will be fulfilled and how it’s all going to happen. By reading this Scripture, He reminded me to put my trust in Him. Just like Moses’ mother had to do for him. She knew Moses had more for his life and she had to put her trust in Christ. By her being obedient and trusting God, He in return allowed her to help raise him.
When God places someone or something upon your heart, never give up or loose what He has instilled in you – whether it be a desire, dream, or a promise. Go after those God-Size dreams!