From Handbook to Scripture, Day 290
READING: GALATIANS 5
The gospel of grace as opposed to the trap of works-based religiosity finds its clearest exposition in the epistle to the Galatians. There is a natural human tendency to suppose that we can or must earn God’s approval, acceptance, love, or forgiveness through our own effort and achievement. It is not uncommon, even for those who understand that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus, to slip into the error of thinking that spiritual growth is primarily a matter of human effort and merit. Galatians corrects this error by stressing that the same principle that brings about our justification (grace through faith) also brings about our sanctification. When we walk by the Spirit, we are empowered to bear the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Prayer: Lord, may I walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit by abiding in Christ Jesus. I desire to display the fruit of the Spirit rather than the deeds of the flesh.
Meditation passage: verses 5, 13–14, 16, 22–25
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
God’s Kingdom Will Endure
Lord of history, Your name is to be blessed and exalted forever. Your dominion is everlasting and Your kingdom endures from generation to generation. Wisdom and power belong to You and You rule over all the times and the epochs of human history. It is You who removes kings and establishes kings, and no one can withstand Your will and purposes. Therefore, in spite of all appearances to the contrary in this rebellious time in history, I know that You will bring about Your kingdom of righteousness even upon this earth. I ascribe all glory, majesty, dominion, and authority to You and exult in hope of the fullness of Your reign. I will embed my time and my culture in this larger whole as I wait on You to fulfill Your glorious promises. Maranatha—come quickly, Lord Jesus.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: My Relationship to God—Hope and Reward
I know that if my earthly house, or tent, is destroyed, I have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this house I groan, longing to be clothed with my heavenly dwelling, because when I am clothed, I will not be found naked. For while I am in this tent, I groan, being burdened, because I do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made me for this very purpose and has given me the Spirit as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 5:1–5)
I make it my ambition to please the Lord, whether I am at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9–10)
Through the Spirit, by faith, I eagerly await the righteousness for which I hope. (Galatians 5:5)
I have not been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. I do not consider myself yet to have attained it, but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and stretching forward to what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12–14)
My citizenship is in heaven, from which I also eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform my lowly body and conform it to His glorious body, according to the exertion of His ability to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20–21)
My faith in Christ Jesus and love for all the saints spring from the hope that is stored up for me in heaven, of which I have heard in the word of truth, the gospel. (Colossians 1:4–5)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and Christian
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:19–20)