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You Who Want to Be Under Law

January 9, 2016

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You  Who Want  to Be  Under Law

Many people  are quite sure  they are capable  of keeping God’s law.     They think  that when they attend church,  take part in church activities,  and are reasonably good people,  they are keeping God’s law.     But,  they didn’t really hear  exactly what the law says.     Galatians 4:21  says,

Tell me,  you who want  to be under law,  do you  not listen  to the law?

Because they don’t understand  what the law requires,  they think  it’s good  to be under the law  and trust  in their own goodness  to get them  to heaven.     Actually,  they did  “not listen  to the law”,  and are misjudging  what the law requires.

Many new Christians  “want  to be under law”  because they feel  it will help them  to grow spiritually  and serve God  in a much better way.     But,  if believers really want  to please the Lord,  they need  to realize  that all their determined efforts  are not helping them  to hear  how God wants us  to live  in Christ.

When one really listens  “to the law”,  they discover  that the law is not gently coaxing us  to practice  being good.     The law demands  that we be  just as holy  as the LORD God Almighty.     When the law tells us  to love,  it’s telling us  that we have to love  as Jesus did  —  with total perfection  all the time.      The law doesn’t care  how hard we have tried  to be good  —  it demands  that we be  absolutely perfect  because our heavenly Father  is perfect.

The law is not a self-improvement course  or a New Year’s resolution  to be better.     And it’s not  an effort  to be better  than someone else.     God’s demands  are far beyond  trying our best.     So we think  about Paul’s question  in Galatians 4:21,

Tell me,  you who want  to be under law,  do you  not listen  to the law?

In His righteousness,  God has told us  what perfection  and holiness is.     It’s impossible  for any human being  to become perfect  by their own efforts.     So,  we humbly do  what Jesus told us  in John 6:29,

This is the work  of God,  that you believe  in Him  whom He has sent.

We are saved  by grace  through faith.     God wants us  to believe  in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice  for our eternal salvation.     We humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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