How are we ?

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Posted on June 29,2012 under Uncategorized

Getting up at what ever hour this a.m…..stirred by God Himself….
This is where I started my reading :

Gal. 2: 11
”  When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly
in the wrong…….. ( vs. 12b )he began to draw back and seperate himself form the Gentiles
because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group”
( vs. 13 )Through fear….Barnabas was lead astray.

The fear of others…… ….
the fear of not speaking truth to someone….here
shows that someone, someone will be lead astray.
I myself had others I feared……even in my own family..
they were held over me…through my fear…and so,
I would never speak the truth to them….and so,  who did I lead astray ?

I would have to ask….am I someone that people would fear to tell the truth ?

The truth going on down in chapter….
Was thinking that we are justified by KEEPING THE LAW.

Vs. 16 –  ” know that a man is NOT JUSTIFIED by observing the law,
but by faith in Jesus Christ.   So we, too, have put our faith in Christ
Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing
the law, because by observing the law NO ONE will be JUSTIFIED.”

That is the TRUTH….the black and white, that was feared to be shared.
But Peter rose up….and ” I opposed him to his face”

HOW ARE WE ?
HOW ARE WE , today, trying to be justified…..

If I do this……..I am more of a Christian ?
If I don’t do this…..I am more of a Christian ?
If I don’t have this……I am more of a Christian ?
If I do have this….I am more of a Christian ?

Shame on me…..Shame on me……

” The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of GOD, who loved
me and gave himself for me.  ( 21 )  I do not set aside the GRACE OF GOD,
for if righteousness  COULD BE GAINED through the law,
CHRIST DIED FOR  NOTHING.”

Anything outside of by HIM alone…..
Anything outside of by HIM alone…..
is legalism….
is setting a law….that we gain Christ by …..

our CREED ?    ” I will not set aside the GRACE OF GOD ”
our CREED ?  ” I will not dishonor the death of JESUS by
setting a standard by which I GAIN…my status
with JESUS ”
We want to say, that ” JESUS IS ALL “…….
Then we can not add , bring back or enforce the law in 2012 .

I ask God today….is there any way….” HOW AM I ”
is there any way that I am not living totally…..

totally…living from and by … THE GRACE OF GOD..
shown to me by YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST .
Let me not lead one person astray…..
by saying ” if you don’t ……”

It was , it is , it shall be ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD, forever.

Going back to bed.

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What I read this morning… “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith…” Phil 3:9.

And- “Not that I have already obtained it (resurrection from the dead) or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do no regard myself as having laid hold of it yet (perfection); but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:12-14

I am not perfect yet, and I do not regard myself as perfect yet. Trying to make myself perfect in order to become accepted by God is futile. But ONE THING I DO don’t look back at my past mistakes, but REACH FORWARD to what lies ahead. And PRESS ON toward the goal .. the prize of the UPWARD call of God in Christ.

Live each day and every moment knowing that my goal is to live worthy of the upward call. Just like climbing a rock. Every step takes you upward. It’s not easy, it takes effort, but the goal is always the top. The summit. The highest you can go. Because that is where the prize is! We cannot obtain perfection in and of ourselves, or righteousness. It is ours only IN Christ. Our goal is to live worthy of the upward call.

YOU , LORI, are a rock climber…and that is what is so neat about you, smile….in everything you do….you go for the top….and HE sees your heart after HIM alone, you hit it that is for sure….amen.

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