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Day Five: For His Glory

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Galatians 3:5 – So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?”

Here in Galatians, Paul is correcting the churches about their being fooled into thinking that they needed to observe the Jewish laws in order for them to be “real” Christians. And he reminds them twice at the beginning of chapter three of how they became Christians – how they received God’s Spirit into their lives.

Many times, we make things about ourselves, including the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Simon the sorcerer made it about himself; he wanted to buy this “power” for himself and he was severely corrected by Peter for having even throught such a thing.

Paul taught very clearly that receiving the Holy Spirit and receiving God’s miracles cannot be earned or bought, either by religious works or money. Rather all believers have received the Holy Spirit as a gift, as a fulfillment of God’s promises. Just as we did not earn or buy Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection, which led to our rescue and restoration in relationship with God; so also God filling us with his Spirit, is by his grace alone as we believe. This is all really not about us, and never has been about us, even though at times we try to make it about ourselves. God giving us his Spirit and ministering to us by his Spirit is for his glory alone. He is faithful; he is trustworthy; he is wise; he is loving - he gave us his Spirit!

Today let’s thank our Father in heaven for his freely given gifts, especially the gift of the Holy Spirit. In his grace, let’s ask him for more of the filling of the Holy Spirit in our fellowships and churches as he helps us to believe him, not making it about ourselves, but for his glory. Let God receive the glory alone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBmwwwiHrOk

-AP

Day Four: Freely Given

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Day Three: Not Too Proud to Ask for Help

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Day Two: Simon the Wrong

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Day One: At the Cross

Monday, May 23rd, 2016