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Let Go and Let God

October 15th daily blog devotional by Keith Wayne Edwards

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Galatians 5:1-6


1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 But by faith, we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.


How many times do we hold on to prison bars in our Christian walk with the Lord? Imagine us holding on to some prison bars, yet no bars in the back of us or on either side of us, and then all of the sudden we hear God speak very sternly, "Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery!" So many times we feel so condemned and feel like we can't live up to the expectations that have been laid out in front of us. Scripture tells us that we are to live a holy life so that the world can see the fruit, but you can't grow in the Lord if you are feeling condemned all of the time, or if you are holding on to some prison bars that God never attended for you to hold on to. Can you imagine Jesus asking Peter, "Peter! do you love me? Then beat my sheep!" No, Jesus never attended for preachers to flog the goats but to feed the sheep. Now there is a time for correction and exhortation, but it is done out of love. If we can submit to God with some rich devotion and prayer every day, then we will begin to act out good works mixed with the agape kind of love. We have to submit and let God work through us. God does deal with us as we walk with him, and that will cause us to feel some pain within our soul at times through the pruning God does with us as His children. We have to let God do a work in us so that we can grow with Him. There are times too that we try and do what only God can do. When you have done all that you can do by having faith in whatever situation, then just let God work the miracle that only He can perform in your life. For we are in Him and He is in us to work through us mighty things. Let's let go and let God.


Prayer:


Lord, we ask that you reveal your love to us in a deep way. We want to walk in the spirit and we want to walk in holiness, but sometimes Lord we feel so condemned and we feel like we can't measure up to the things that only you can do through us. We love you Lord and we need you so much in our life. We submit to you now with all of our heart, mind, and soul in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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