New Testament In a Year: September 26 – Galatians 6

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Galatians 6
(1-10) Bear One Another’s Burdens
Followers of Jesus the Christ must bear the burdens of others. Doing so means that we must restore those who may have fallen in a spirit of gentleness while not thinking of ourselves as better than others. Those who know the Word ought to be generous, do good, and sow the Word in the lives of others. We are to do good works to everyone and never grow weary of doing good works. We will reap eternal blessings, if we do not give up.

(11-18) Final Warning and Benediction
Paul refuses to boast in anything or anyone except the cross of Christ. The cross has crucified Paul to the world and has crucified the world to Paul. The cross has made Paul a new creation. The cross has the same power over us today.

Favorite verse: (10) So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

New Testament In a Year: September 25 – Galatians 5

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Galatians 5
(1-15) Christ Has Set Us Free
When we place our faith in Jesus the Christ, He sets us free from the heavy yoke of sin. We are free indeed. No longer do we have to submit to such slavery. Our freedom, however, should not be used as an opportunity to do what we want and fulfill the desires of the flesh. Instead, our freedom empowers and enables us to love and serve one another as Christ commands us. The Christian life should not be characterized by constant fighting, but by unity, peace, and love.

(16-26) Keep in Step with the Spirit
The flesh and the Spirit are always at odds with one another. The flesh desires to do evil. The works of the flesh include such things as impurity, sorcery, jealousy, anger, and envy. On the other hand, the Spirit desires to do good. The works of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. If we walk by the Spirit, we will be able to overcome the flesh every time that it tempts us to sin. Those who have faith in Christ, experience freedom through Christ, and therefore are crucified with Christ. Being crucified means the flesh has no power over us. We produce the fruit of the Spirit instead of the fruit of the flesh.

Favorite verse: (15) But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

New Testament In a Year: September 25 – Galatians 5

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Galatians 5
(1-15) Christ Has Set Us Free
When we place our faith in Jesus the Christ, He sets us free from the heavy yoke of sin. We are free indeed. No longer do we have to submit to such slavery. Our freedom, however, should not be used as an opportunity to do what we want and fulfill the desires of the flesh. Instead, our freedom empowers and enables us to love and serve one another as Christ commands us. The Christian life should not be characterized by constant fighting, but by unity, peace, and love.

(16-26) Keep in Step with the Spirit
The flesh and the Spirit are always at odds with one another. The flesh desires to do evil. The works of the flesh include such things as impurity, sorcery, jealousy, anger, and envy. On the other hand, the Spirit desires to do good. The works of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. If we walk by the Spirit, we will be able to overcome the flesh every time that it tempts us to sin. Those who have faith in Christ, experience freedom through Christ, and therefore are crucified with Christ. Being crucified means the flesh has no power over us. We produce the fruit of the Spirit instead of the fruit of the flesh.

Favorite verse: (15) But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

New Testament In a Year: September 24 – Galatians 4

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Galatians 4
(1-7) Sons and Heirs
If we believe in Jesus the Christ, we are adopted by God as His sons and daughters. We are no longer a part of the family of sin, in which we were slaves. We are now a part of the family of salvation, in which we are free sons and daughters. As His children and as heirs, we know God personally. He hears us every time we call “Abba! Father!”

(8-20) Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
After being saved by grace through faith, Paul is concerned that the Galatians are turning back to old weak and worthless rituals that have nothing to do with Christ. Once we come to know God, and are known by God, we should not allow ourselves to become slaves to sin again. We ought to continue in grace and love, practicing what we know to be the truth of God.

(21-31) Example of Hagar and Sarah
Abraham had a son named Ishmael with Hagar, who was a slave woman. He also had a son named Isaac with Sarah, who was his wife and a free woman. Both sons could not inherit the promises that God had made to Abraham. Only Isaac inherited the promises of God as the son of a free woman. Similarly, we also inherit God’s promises because we are free in Christ. We are children of promise. We are not enslaved to sin by the law or good works.

Favorite verse: (7) So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

New Testament In a Year: September 23 – Galatians 3

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Galatians 3
(1-9) By Faith, or by Works of the Law?
We should not seek to be perfected and made more like Christ by keeping the law. It is by faith that we are saved. It is by faith that the Holy Spirit lives in us and works through us. It is by faith that God works miracles among us and perfects us. It is by faith that we are justified and blessed as sons and daughters of Abraham.

(10-14) The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
Christ was cursed for us so that we could be redeemed. There is no one who can perfectly keep the law of God; therefore, there is no one who can escape the curse of sin and gain salvation on their own. Only by faith can we be made righteous.

(15-29) The Law and the Promise
The promises that God made to Abraham so many long years ago remain intact to this day. Abraham becomes the father of all those who believe and trust in the same promises that God made to him. Those promises have not been annulled and cannot be annulled, not even by the law. The law was not given to save us. It was given to show us our sin and help us realize our need for a Savior. The law does not contradict Christ and His promises. It is meant to lead us to Christ. The law imprisons us under sin, but Christ sets us free by faith. This faith makes us His sons and daughters, which also makes us Abraham’s offspring. All believers become one family, regardless of our earthly backgrounds.

Favorite verse: (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

New Testament In a Year: September 22 – Galatians 2

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Galatians 2
(1-10) Paul Accepted by the Apostles
Paul was accepted by the other apostles when they saw that he preached the one true Gospel. The same God who called Peter to be an apostle is the same God who called Paul to be an apostle and He is the same God who calls you and me today to do our unique work for Him.

(11-14) Paul Opposes Peter
Back then, devoutly religious Jews thought it unclean to eat with Gentiles. Peter, who was a Jew, ate with the Gentiles because he knew it was no longer necessary to follow meaningless rites because of the work of Jesus on the cross. However, when devoutly religious Jews came around, Peter stopped eating with the Gentiles out of fear. This hypocrisy was not in line with the truth of the Gospel and Paul had to confront Peter about his behavior. The truth of the Gospel frees us to be one authentic way before all people. We can accept and love all races, cultures, and ethnicities despite our differences because we know that Christ also loves everyone and commands us to do the same.

(15-21) Justified by Faith
It is only by grace through faith in Jesus the Christ that we are saved. We cannot be justified by works of the law. Because our salvation is a work of grace and not a work of the law, we do not have to live out our faith on our own. All we have to do is die. It is now Christ who lives in us and works through, giving us His Holy Spirit power to live the life of faith. If we received salvation through works, the death of Christ would have been in vain and the entire Christian faith would be devoid of meaning and purpose.

Favorite verse: (20) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

New Testament In a Year: September 21 – Galatians 1

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Galatians 1
(1-5) Greeting
Paul is an apostle not because another human being called him to be so, but because Jesus the Christ and His Father, God, called him to be so. Paul often acknowledges that he is what he is because of Christ’s death and resurrection. The present age is evil, but we do not despair, because we have hope that He who gave Himself for our sins will deliver us according to God’s will.

(6-10) No Other Gospel
There is only one Gospel – the Gospel that proclaims Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior. There are some, however, who distort the true Gospel and try to turn it into a different Gospel. We must be on guard against believing a distorted Gospel.

(11-24) Paul Called by God
Due to his radical salvation conversion experience, Paul has no doubt that the Gospel does not come from any human being, but only from and through Jesus the Christ. We can only receive it and understand it through revelation given by Him. Only the one true Gospel that comes from Christ has the power to change lives as Paul’s life was changed. Before he was even born, God had set Paul apart and called him to be an apostle and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles and the Jews. This calling was not evident in Paul’s B. C. (before Christ) days, but when God has set someone apart for His service, you can be sure that they will begin to serve Him – some how, some way, some place. During his A. D. (after Christ) days, Paul did not fail in glorifying God with the remainder of his life. He faithfully preached the faith he once tried to destroy, and helped the church he used to persecute.

Favorite verse: (15) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 200 — 2 Kings 22-23, Galatians 6

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2 Kings 22
Focus Verse: She said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Tell the man who sent you to me. (15)

Huldah told Hilkiah and the rest of the people who came to speak with her exactly what God had said. Even though it was not a nice message, Huldah honestly told the king’s men what God had given her to say. Because she spoke the truth, king Josiah and all of Judah were inspired to repent and turn back to God (momentarily at least).

When people come to us for advice, what we tell them should be the truth based upon the Bible. Just as God spoke to Huldah, He will also speak to us. We must make sure we are listening because what God gives us to tell others has the potential and power to alter their future or change their lives.

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 199 — 2 Kings 19-21, Galatians 5

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2 Kings 19
Focus Verse: Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. (14)

As the king of Judah, Hezekiah had a major problem on his hands after Sennacherib, king of Assyria, threatened to totally destroy his kingdom. Sennacherib and his army had already destroyed numerous kings and kingdoms before. Who and what was to prevent them from doing the same to Hezekiah? Instead of lapsing into a state of worry and fear, Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayer and spread out the problem he was facing before Him. Hezekiah did not only pray for God to deliver Judah for their own sake; He prayed for God to deliver Judah so that God could be glorified throughout the earth.

What should be do when we have a problem? The answer is not to worry about it or fret or fear. The answer is to go to God and spread out all our concerns and worries before Him in prayer. We should ask God to solve our problems not only for our sake, but so others may know that He alone is God. Just as God heard Hezekiah’s prayer, God will also hear our prayers.

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