No Cuts!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 5:7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

O-bservation:

The Apostle Paul addressed an issue that had troubled the church at Galatia. They had been serving Jesus wholeheartedly, but others from the outside had come in and tried to entice them back into religion. Paul said “Don’t let people cut in on you and interrupt your pursuit of Jesus.”

A-pplication:

As a young boy I can remember having to line up for lunch everyday in our school cafeteria. Everyone wanted to be first in line, but the latecomers would try to bully their way in near the front. Soon kids would start yelling “No Cuts!” Through the years I’ve watched a person become a “Follower Of Jesus” and become so energized by their new found faith. I’ve watched them promote the good news of Jesus to others on every occasion possible. As time passes, people from their BC life begin to interrupt their progress by trying to pull them back into their old lifestyles. As I read this passage this AM, I thought the best thing you should do if it ever happens to you is to look at that person and simply say ... "No Cuts!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With Your help today, I will not let anyone “Cut In” on my pursuit of You. Amen
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Jesus Pleasers

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

O-bservation:

Here the Apostle Paul questions who he is trying to please. He’s basically asking, “Am I a People Pleaser, or am I a “Jesus Pleaser?”

A-pplication:

There’s always a principle that is being established when a gospel writer asks a question of himself. We are, in turn, supposed to ask ourselves the same question. This question reminds me of Jesus saying, “You can’t serve both God and money” (Matt. 6:24)! Here Paul says, “If I was still trying to please people, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.” Certainly the Lord enables us to use wisdom in our deliberations with people so we aren’t cutting everyone off with religious jargon that has little to do with “Following Jesus.” But in the end, not everyone will come over to our side of believing. Consequently, Paul says we’re called to be “Jesus Pleasers.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, No matter what, I’m determined to be a “Jesus Pleaser.” No Matter What! Amen
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The Only Boast That Matters

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

O-bservation:

In writing to the people of Galatia, Paul the Apostle was reminding them of those who had reverted to pharisaical ways of promoting the law. In fact, he said the people who are boasting are boasting about how many of You they've gotten to go through the act of circumcision. Of course this act was an outside act of the flesh to signal one’s conversion to Judaism. Paul said, "I can only boast in the Cross of Christ."

A-pplication:

"The Only Boast That Matters" is the boast one makes about the work Jesus accomplished on the cross. Jesus went from life to death on the cross in order for us to go from death to life on this earth. "The Only Boast That Matters" happens when you and I and other fellow "Followers Of Jesus" tell everyone we know about our Lord’s sacrifice on that cross. The more people hear about what Jesus did for them, the more they will want to give their lives to Him. Once that happens, they now have Eternal Life! It's easy to see that Paul the Apostle was right. Boasting in the cross of our Lord Jesus is really, "The Only Boast That Matters."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There are two things that I want to say this AM. First, thank You for giving Your life on the Cross. Second, I will spend the rest of my life boasting in Your Cross. Amen
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I’m God’s Child, And So Are You

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

O-bservation:

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, who were in jeopardy of giving up all the grace they had received from Jesus in return for their "old law" nature. Here the Apostle says the old law was not for freedom but for bondage. It was really a form of slavery. When Jesus came, however, we were set free. We're no longer slaves, but God's children.

A-pplication:

Sure parents rule, but if you’re a child of the parent you have free run of the place. At least that's what I remember growing up in my parents’ world. I knew what they had was mine in time. I knew I was an heir. They set me up to win. But Jesus set us up even better. He made us joint heirs with Him to all the Father has. We have full run of the place and we should live like it. Too often we let the devil turn us into beggars, like we live outside of Dad's favor. But nothing could be further from the truth for a "Follower of Jesus." The truth today is, "I'm God's Child, And So Are You!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM that You made me a joint heir with You to all the Father has. I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God! Amen
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Dressed Up In Jesus

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

O-bservation:

This is an interesting passage inasmuch as earlier texts reveal that prior to Jesus we were dressed in the law. St. Paul, the writer, says that the law was like our guardian. But now that we've been baptized in Christ, we are in effect "Dressed Up In Jesus."

A-pplication:

So much of our outside apparel speaks to the kind of person we are. It's not always true, but for the most part that's the way it works. What we're wearing on the outside sometimes even reveals who we are on the inside. But when you're "Dressed Up In Jesus," it really means that what's happened on the inside of one’s heart and soul is now showing on the outside. Probably the heart and soul of a person is the part that is most often broken, fractured, and wounded prior to our yielding to Jesus. It stands to reason that when He heals our inside it's just bound to show up on the outside. More often than not, people can tell when you're "Dressed Up In Jesus."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You most of all that when I began to follow You, You immediately clothed my inside with Jesus. I believe it's showing! Thank You! Amen
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