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20 September 2021

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? … Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Gal 3:1,3 NIV

Paul’s rebuke is harsh. The church in Galatia went back to “old ways” of trying to earn their salvation by what they did. Their way of salvation become works. We might read this and think it does not apply to us. We believe that the only way of salvation is through Jesus. But I want to challenge you to think carefully about your everyday life. How much of your life do you live in your own strength? How many decisions do you take without the leading of the Holy Spirit. Maybe the modern-day church has become so “smart” that we do not really need God – we can figure it out on our own.

God gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit to give the church the ability to not live in our own strength but to know, say and do things that we cannot in our own strength. We have access to it through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but we also have the choice to desire it or to be like the foolish Galatians and try in our own strength.

PERSONAL PRAYER

  • Father please show me my own foolishness – show me where I try to do life in my own strength.
  • Repent of your foolishness.
  • Invite the Holy Spirit and His gifts into your life.
  • Ask God to help you to recognise His gifts in your life.

COMMUNITY PRAYER

  • Pray for the upcoming local elections.
  • Ask God – who is the One from whom all authority comes – to bring to power people who have a heart to serve the community.
  • Ask God to remove wicked leaders who only serve themselves.
  • Ask God to bring a realisation to all South Africans that our hope is not in political parties but in God.

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and bless you with His SHALOM-Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

 

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name.