Monday, December 23, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Advent Day 13

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.       Galatians 3:2-9

God’s plans are in His promises and God’s promises make our plans.  God’s promise was to come live with us (Immanuel) and God’s plan was to live in us.  Those plans are in His promises, not our policies.  These promises come by faith, not the flesh.  Promises require poise, not proof!  Abraham believed God.  Our reality rests in what we rely on.  How we look at our world is determined by what we love as truth for our lives.  We were made for promises; that’s faith.  What promises are we believing in today?  Even when Jesus was born, Mary & Joseph had to believe the promises until He began His ministry.  He was in a trough, not a throne.  He was wrapped in cloths, not a cloak.  He was a kid, not a king.  It’s challenging but this life is lived by promises, not policies and procedures.   What’s in your heart, law or love?

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