Journal Entry by Paul Davila
S – Scripture Galatians 5:1 (MEV)“
For freedom Christ freed us. Stand fast therefore and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
O – Observation
Paul in these chapters writes some strong words to the Galatian church. He commends them on their faith and how well they have started on their Christian journey but also challenges them about how they have slipped back to old habits, old ways, old traditions and a desire to be justified by works of the Law instead of by faith alone in Jesus Christ.
He says to them in verse 4 “You have been cut off from Christ, whoever of you are justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”
A – Application
This expression “fallen from grace” is often used in everyday life. Wikipedia describes it as: “To fall from grace is an idiom referring to a loss of status, respect, or prestige.” It’s an expression that none of us would like to hear about ourselves in any aspect of life. Yet what Paul is saying is far more significant than the loss of status, reputation, prominence, importance etc.
If we as Christians have “fallen from grace”, we have stopped relying on the One who came to free us and save us from our sins. We have gone backwards and are somehow trying to justify ourselves by some other means.
So we are encouraged to keep looking to Jesus who not only came to free us once and for all when he died on the cross and was resurrected, but to daily walk in that freedom. There’s the challenge. To walk every day as a free man/woman only by the grace He has given..
P – Prayer
Lord Jesus thank you that you came to bring us freedom. Freedom from sin, from sickness, from unhealthy traditions, from fruitless thoughts and ideas, from anything that would cause us to be bound. Help me today to walk in that freedom that you gained for me. Help my heart not to look to or for anything else. I ask in Jesus name.