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|August 12 – God’s Standards Don’t Change? (Part 2)
Scripture(s): James 1:14-15; Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Psalm 119:89-92; Luke 9:23-26; Matthew 10:37-39
God doesn’t have to change His standards based upon the culture of the day. This means that His call does not change either.
Scripture(s): Mark 7:5-8; Colossians 2:20-23; Isaiah 55:8-11; Luke 6:45; Mark 7:18-23; James 1:14-15; Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Psalm 119:89-92
There are two great principles that challenge us when it comes to God’s standards. First, “Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.” Second. “Without a purpose you are pointless.” With these two principles firmly in place we can understand why God doesn’t have to change His standards based upon the culture of the day.
Scripture(s): Galatians 6:7-11
God’s declarations have reasons. His physical laws allow us to live and understand the world we live in. Likewise, His spiritual constants give us the same life and understanding. Fighting His laws will only bring us pain and confusion.
Scripture(s): Galatians 6:1-6
Sometimes, we hear people talk about their relationship with God as if it just about them and Jesus. Yet, the Bible doesn’t talk about our relationship in that way. Our relationship with Jesus is as much about how we treat each other as it is about how we treat Him.
Scripture(s): Galatians 5:16-26
Living in freedom as a principle is something we can all embrace. Yet, the question remains – what does it look like?
Scripture(s): Galatians 5:16-21
Paul’s words fall on deaf ears because we get to the place that we are not aware of the spiritual conflict around us. We are aware of the human conflicts, but not the true spiritual one.
Scripture(s): Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Ephesians 5:25-33; Hosea 4:1-4; Proverbs 5:1-8
Men add something unique to our lives. They are unique. They lead in unique ways. Let us give them what they need to be the men God called them to be.
Scripture(s): Galatians 5:1-16
We all know what we think about people who say we can get valuable things for free. We are skeptical for a reason. What is the real cost of Christian freedom?
Scripture(s): Galatians 4:17-25
God does not want us to be trapped by our choices. So, He warns us about making choices that hurt us. The question is, will we listen?
Scripture(s): Galatians 4:21-5:13, 1 Peter 2:16-17
Ideas are not celebrated by just thinking or talking about them. Ideas are celebrated when they are put into action. Do you put your Christian freedom into real action?
Scripture(s): Galatians 4:8-16
Many Christians wonder why they can’t seem to break the pattern of sin. What they don’t see, is that there are some habits that they love that lead right to the sin they hate. Sometimes, before we get to the sin, we need to change the road we are on.
Scripture(s): Proverbs 31:28-31; Proverbs 5:15-18, 20; Song of Solomon 1:1-4 3:1-4; 7:10-13
Women are strong. Women are resilient. Yet, no one is indestructible. We all have needs. Women are no different. What does the Bible reveal that they value in their lives?
Scripture(s): Galatians 3:29-4:7
God compares our relationship with Him with our families. He uses that imagery for a reason. God is not just interested in allegiance or obedience. He is interested in you and me.
Scripture(s): Galatians 3:19-28
Sometimes we misunderstand God’s intentions. We take what He has given for one purpose and we apply it for another. Most often, this happens with God’s law. We use it to try to measure our righteousness. He gave it for another purpose.
Scripture(s): Galatians 3:6-18
We think of the Ten Commandments as good things. We think about knowing God’s standards of right and wrong as a good thing. Yet, trying to get to God by keeping those rules is a losing game. It will weigh us down and crush us. It is time to seek another way.
Scripture(s): Galatians 3:1-9
Paul asks the Galatians a series of questions. Those questions identify their assumptions They had made assumptions about God. Those assumptions were about ready to derail their faith. Are we in the same danger?
Scripture(s): John 20:19-23
Let me capture you with an idea today: if we are people who share grace with others, then we will experience the peace of the resurrection.
Scripture(s): Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:8-9; 4:15; 2:9-15
Humility, humiliation, and humiliating circumstances. These conditions are separated by one very important reality – are we voluntarily giving up our dignity. However, why would God do such a thing?
Scripture(s): Galatians 2:11-21
Sometimes we do not truly wrestle with the why questions of life because it is too big. Sometimes we avoid thinking about things that we do not fully understand. At other times we gloss over or generalize why we are doing things without fully thinking it through. Today we will look at a big question, “Why did Jesus have to die?” Then we will ask, “Why do I do the things that I do?”
Trusting the gospel is not just something we do with our heart or a piece of our life. The gospel is for our whole life. We must trust it for our whole life. It can be trusted with our whole life.
Scripture(s): Galatians 1:10-24
Our testimony of God’s transforming grace is important! It is when grace is lived out among other people that it’s truth becomes obvious. Never dismiss God’s work in you. Respond to that work in your life today.
Scripture(s): Galatians 1:1-9
The gospel is not just a word that we can pour whatever meaning we want into. The gospel is special. It is worth protecting.
When it comes to living our life God’s man, Paul, tells us that there are consequences to using the law to measure our life. Sure, the law can be helpful so we can know what to avoid, but when we use it to measure our spiritual walk there are unintended consequences.
Scripture(s): Romans 9:14-24
What is the natural result of sin? The natural result is death and separation from God. How can we escape the natural course? We escape only if someone intervenes. That someone was and is God.
Scripture(s): Proverbs 3:5-7, 31-35, 1 Peter 5:5-7; Numbers 12:1-10; James 4:13-16; 2 Chronicles 26:16-21; 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
Even though confidence is good, God is clear that He opposes pride. Yet, how? Beyond the how is what? What does God oppose. I want to know that because I do not want to be someone that God must oppose!
Scripture(s): Psalm 84:5-12
How do you remain confident and courageous? Is it just a feeling? No, it is much more than a feeling. It is a certainty. It is the certainty that comes from knowing upon who you can depend.
Scripture(s): Exodus 4-14; Numbers 22-23; Jonah 3-4
When we, or people around us, are living in sin we must not start believing that God’s hands are tied. No, when we humans are in rebellion or compromise God is still at work. It is the amazing part of God’s omniscience and omnipotence. Our God is never thwarted.
Scripture(s): Psalm 27:1-3; Genesis 20; 1 Samuel 23; Genesis 50
People can be tough to live with. It isn’t just them, is it? We also are part of that struggle. We make mistakes. We sin. Sometimes people make us their enemy. Is God still working in such situations?
Scripture(s): Genesis 8:1-12; Genesis 17:19; Luke 1:46-55
Why would God intervene in our lives? Most of us are not important, are we? Most of us don’t see ourselves as deserving, do we? So why does He intervene? He intervenes because God has made promises that He will surely keep.