Stand Fast!

Galatians 5:1-18 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

Galatians 5:13-18 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Vs. 1 – THE COMPUNCTION TO STAND FAST

      A. The POSITION of Liberty

• You HAVE it
• REST in it!
• Be SATISFIED with it!
• Don’t ABUSE IT!

      B. Vs. 7 – The EXERCISE of  Liberty:
The bulk of the chapter is dealing with the EXERCISE of Liberty.

I. Vs. 7 – Liberty to OBEY THE TRUTH

a. Liberty to go through the doors He opens

II. Vs. 13 + 14 – Liberty to LOVE & SERVE one another

I  Peter 2:15-16 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

III. Vs. 16, 25 – Liberty to LIVE + WALK in the Spirit

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

IV. Vs. 18 – Liberty to be LED of the Spirit

Choices – A 13 year old boy was sought out by talent scouts from USC and given a contract with his father’s approval “just in case he was called” . . . when he was 18.

Would you let your 13 year old sign up for missions “just in case” he was called when he was 18?

V. Vs. 21 – Liberty NOT to be a SLAVE to the Flesh

a. Liberty not to do things that are contrary to our inheritance

b. There are some things that saved people cannot, must not, WILL NOT DO!

VI. Vs. 26 – Liberty NOT to Desire Vain Glory (self-conceit)

Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Godliness with contentment?

Today many people suffer with not being content. I just came across this poem that was written by a fourteen-year-old boy.  This poem shows how restless and discontent the human heart can be.

What I Wanted

It was spring but it was summer I wanted; the warm days and the great outdoors.
It was summer but it was fall I wanted; the colorful leaves and the cool dry air.
It was fall but it was winter I wanted; the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was now winter but it was spring I wanted’ the warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted; the freedom and the respect.
I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted; to be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted; the youth and the free spirit.
I was retired but it was middle-age I wanted; the presence of mind without limitations. My life was over but I never got what I wanted.

Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.   St. Augustine

1 Timothy 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Many troubles are brought sinners because they do no know where they came from; they do not know who made them and they think somehow that life is about THEM.

When I came to the following conclusion, the purpose of my life began to focus more clearly.

1. God Made Everything

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:21  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2. God OWNS Everything

Psalms 24:1  A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psalms 24:1  A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

3. God Made Everything for HIMSELF!

Revelation 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

My prayer is that as you read these verses you will see yourself as God’s special creation; as one who is owned by God; and one who has a special purpose to fulfill in life for the glory of God.

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One Response to Stand Fast!

  1. Lee-Ann Ross says:

    What a blessing, challenge, and gentle reminder. Thank you again and again for your faithfulness in getting Gods Word out.

    Love & Prayers,
    Lee-Ann
    Philemon 4

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