Seeds of Promise Devotionals by Shenica Graham
Devotional: God Will Deliver
Read The Bible In One Year
|DEC.||Book||Read From||Read To||Devotional|
|1st||Galatians||Chapter 1||Chapter 3||God Will Deliver|
Song : Living Life Upside Down by Russ Lee
Memory Verses: To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Galatians 1:15-16 | But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11 | But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:25
Today’s Devotional: God Will Deliver
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:1-5
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
18 then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 24 And they glorified God in me.
Traditions honor our forefathers. Some remind us of where our ancestors have been; how far our people have come; and the path on which we were intended to set our feet for future generations. It is not a sin to have a tradition and keep it. Yet, if tradition is used as a placeholder, distracting for the true work of God in the Spirit, then it becomes like an idol – a doling point and a mote in our eyes. Following such a tradition, we become dull in our witness, thinking that we shall be justified by showing the world how sophisticated and religious we are.
Remember that all our righteousness is like filthy rags in comparison to God. We can never be holier than Him. However, we can strive for perfect in so much as is within us to strive. We can press for the mark of the prize of the high calling in Jesus Christ.
Beyond tradition, we must learn to serve God for righteouness sake (to be in right standing with Him), rather than for accolades. God is not impressed because we can cross off days on a calendar, displaying how many verses we read on this or that day; or how many hours we prayed on this or that day; or how many days we fasted in this or that year. People were created by God to praise Him. Unless all we do is for that purpose, we could still hear at the last day, “Depart from me, I know you not, you worker of iniquity.”
Thus, we must strive to enter in at the straight gate, where narrow is the way and few there be that find it.
Paul had proof of his ministry in Christ, not because He sought to prove himself to other people, but because the fruit of His ministry was not hidden. God will manifest His Spirit wheresoever His servants work diligently under His leadership.
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5
And we know that Paul, by his own admission, was chief among sinners before his immaculate conversion by God. The zeal with which he persecuted the church before saw the light of God, was not weak when He began to preach the gospel without bias.
We have in Paul’s life and missionary journeys, a powerful example of how God can take anyone, even the chief of sinners, and convert him into a messenger of truth; full of the Holy Spirit; lacking nothing in wisdom. Yet, an angel of light today is tainted, embued, or stained by his past ill workings. Do we know not how to forgive? But if we forgive not, our father in heaven will not forgive us.
Rather than cast down a soul that should be saved, we must cast down imaginations, and seek to save that which is lost. A Good Shepherd will even leave ninety-nine disciplined and obedient sheep in order to seek one lost sheep and bring it home to the flock, to be chastised in love and restored with wisdom that benefits that one sheep and the family of sheep together.
Where are the Shepherds? The flock of God is dispersed. But God will raise up a nation that will obey; and they that are born of the Spirit will gather the lost sheep; and God’s flock shall be gathered together.
Lord, I thank you, by the blood of Jesus that no good thing will be withheld from me, because I walk upright before you in your presence. You are my sun and shield. You Lord will give grace and honor. Your peace rules in my heart. You have called and anointed me for your purpose. I seek your perfect and divine will. You, Lord are my source and strength, a very present help.