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    Christian Devotional – November 5, 2019

    Faith. How do we live the life that God has for us to live? We live it by faith. Read Galatians 2:17-21. But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh…

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    Christian Devotional – November 4, 2019

    How are we saved? That became the big question of the time. Is the answer Christ alone, or is it Christ plus something? Read Galatians 2:14-16. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we…

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    Christian Devotional – November 3, 2019

    Stand up for what is true. Often we’ve heard about standing up for what you believe in, but actually we should only stand up for what is true. Read Galatians 2:11-13. But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. Galatians 2:11‭-‬13 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.2.11-13.NASB Paul saw that…

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    Christian Devotional – November 2, 2019

    The same grace. Paul had been preaching to the Gentiles and that was new. So how did the church leadership respond? Read Galatians 2:7-10. But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they…

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    Christian Devotional – November 1, 2019

    Reputation. Paul is still speaking about his return to Jerusalem and discussion with the church leaders. Read Galatians 2:6-8. But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)-well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), Galatians 2:6‭-‬8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.2.6-8.NASB One of the points that Paul is making is that he is no…

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    Christian Devotional – October 31, 2019

    Don’t back down. When you know the truth and are confident in the truth, there is no reason to back down from the truth. Read Galatians 2:4-5. But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. Galatians 2:4‭-‬5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.2.4-5.NASB Paul knew the truth of their position that he was in and he clung to that even when others were encouraging him…

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    Christian Devotional – October 30, 2019

    Patience. Paul was willing to wait for the right time to do all that God has for Him. Read Galatians 2:1-3. Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. Galatians 2:1‭-‬3 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.2.1-3.NASB Paul…

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    Christian Devotional – October 29, 2019

    People’s response. When we are around people, how do they respond? Read Galatians 1:21-24. Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they were glorifying God because of me. Galatians 1:21‭-‬24 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.1.21-24.NASB People did not recognize Paul. They had not seen him and he had been away studying for several years. However, his reputation was becoming known throughout the land. How did people respond to hearing the story of Paul?…

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    Christian Devotional – October 28, 2019

    It takes time. Just because we ask Jesus into our heart doesn’t mean we automatically know everything we should be doing as a believer. Read Galatians 1:18-20. Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) Galatians 1:18‭-‬20 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.1.18-20.NASB Paul took time. Paul didn’t immediately run out and start preaching. He knew he needed to better understand and grow into his faith and so he…

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    Christian Devotional – October 27, 2019

    But… such a powerful word and the importance of the gospel message. Read Galatians 1:13-15. For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,…