October 19 – Blessed through Faith

Paul continued his letter reiterating that Christians are not given new life by obeying the law of Moses, but by living according to the way of Jesus.  Whether we are new Christians or have been in God’s family for a long time, it is great to think about the truth that Paul explains. But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” One day our faith will become sight. But now we live by faith with God’s Holy Spirit living within us.

Our family has moved quite a bit. Yet wherever we go, God’s Holy Spirit goes with us, within us. One day I was going through boxes that were stored in Russell’s sister’s home during the time we lived away from the US. What a blessing it was to find an old Bible from my own new Christian days and to read notes like this one- “Faith is: F-forsaking A-all I T-trust H-him.” That is just what Paul sought to teach! Jesus came to reverse the curse and offer life to walking dead people. It is time to give up the prideful ways of thinking, that goodness in itself is adequate outside of God. Humankind needs redeeming, not just touch-up work. Can I trust that He is all I need and can I really believe that He died to rescue me? Jesus gave us new life with His Spirit to fill us where there once was sin and void. He removes our hollow meaninglessness.

Galatians 3:10-14 NLT