Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. 3 How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4 Have you experienced[a] so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?
5 I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. ~ ~ Galatians 3:1-5 ~~
The key phrase in these scriptures “HOW FOOLISH can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” This is so true for most Christians, forgetting about the Spirit and taking over by trying to be perfect! When we do this we only set ourselves up for failure, for being a hypocrite, and for turning people away from Christ rather drawing them to him.
We have everything we need in the Holy Spirit, he lives within us to bring power, he leads, teaches, reveals the word, guides, comforts, guides us, and convicts us. When we leave him out of the picture we try to do all these things on our own and there is NO way to do this. When we blow it, when we fall the people around us laugh at us, call us liars, hypocrites and say “God does not exist”
We are called to be light, show Jesus, draw people to him and it’s done through our lives not our words. I must admit I have blown it so many times in my life, through my actions many have had a hard time finding their way back. It’s shameful and without excuse. But today my life is hidden in His, I abide in the Holy Spirit moment by moment and the moment I don’t – I am setting myself up to fail and fall very hard. I praise Him for his GRACE and MERCY and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Now go out and have an EPIC day today.