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First Love Church Daily Devotional - Galatians 3:3

Galatians 3:3

 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?


Galatians 3:3What an amazing question! Of course I am not being made prefect by the flesh. I am in full agreement with Paul when he says in Romans 7:18; For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. Even though I know this is true I continue to find myself returning to self-reliance and an inclination towards autonomy. Oh, how I long for the days of my childhood in the Lord! I hunger for the days when every breath was an acknowledgement of His sovereign grace, where I saw His hand in every event, every circumstance. What I must remember is that every day I am free to return to that place. That is the place I was created to be and every other place is foreign soil. The Lord would have me climbing up into His lap and putting my head to his breast to hear the beat of His heart. I have to remain wide awake and aware because the natural, unregenerated man still lives inside of me and he is a clever one. He will start me thinking about the work I am doing for the Lord until I become so busy in that work that I have edged the Lord completely out of my day. I began by seeking God’s face in every moment and in the making of every move but because of my busyness the Lord had to be moved out of the way so I could clearly see what I was doing. “Excuse me Lord, could you move aside? I am doing kingdom work here.”  I foolishly think that because I am preparing a sermon, or doing missions work, or teaching the children’s ministry, you fill in the blank, I foolishly think I am functioning in the will of God. But what does Jesus say we must do if we are to be His disciples? "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” This is a four step process. First we must have the desire. David said, As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. We must stir up our desire. Second is the death of self. Colossians 3:5; Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth. Third is the bearing of the cross. Man, we must keep the crucified Christ in the forefront of our minds eye at all times. Every single thing about our lives hinges on His sacrificial death. Finally we must follow. We must continually seek to be like Jesus. We must always strive for His likeness manifested in every aspect of our behavior.

    “Lord God I give to you my foolish notions that I could ever function without Your loving hand guiding me. Or that I could ever grow without Your firm hand chastising me. For like Paul I know that in my flesh nothing good dwells. The only good thing dwelling in me is You Lord. Please help me to be pleasing in Your sight, amen.”


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0 #13 God come and fetch meDarlene shipman 2016-03-21 18:46
I'm trying so hard to walk with God and stay in his presence the last few weeks even more .last week I ran into a problem and I needed God come and fetch me out of the devil way of thoughts my daughter Dominic had text me some anger and hatred word to me instead of steeping down to her level I just let her anger flew out the window hurt my feelings Dominic doesn't want to speak to me anymore so I decided to let her go and I will just have this empty space in me I need to go on with my life and I feel that God will help and guide me .
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0 #11 1 Corinthians 13:1-13guest 2015-02-10 23:19
Dear God, goodness gracious, You have continued to wait for me; now since October 2014 I think? Tomorrow I am going to place my entire life in Your Hands (sorry, I do know it has always Been in YOUR HANDS:) My arms are thrown up in the air, and here WE go. I know I am loved, now time to let myself feel it, embrace it without fear, without doubt, without question. Somehow, You have so Graced me to get to this place at this late stage of my life---all the "...instruments ..." you have played so beautifully for me in my path. There are no words---only Your Words---and to See Your Face in every sunrise. Dear God, I cannot believe I am not resorting to my reserved reservation:) You Know:) I know You know, it's Yours Now, I am done with this world and trying to manage my place in it...Please Help me Find my way, in Your Way :)
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0 #9 Dear God.......You Are Still WaitingGuest 2014-10-11 00:29
Blessed be Your Name, Dear God, in Your Son Jesus Name, Blood and Pain, help, let me speak the truth of the "me" that continues to be in Your Way to me...the "me, myself, and i" that knows, without Your Grace, I would know none of the peace, joy, and love that You have allowed me to know, and feel in my heart, during the last two + years...Pastor Pete, tonight i came back to Daily Devotionals, it is still here, and there i still see "myself" some more, Galatians 3:3 :( I thought Daily Devotionals was dc'd, matters not, God sees and knows...God help me, I begin to share and have to stop myself, I KNOW! Diana right now, 7/6/2014 singing Your Beautiful, I See Your Face in Every Sunrise...; I have told all I love, for many years, I need to see your "face", no other reason, I love them :) So simple, so true. God, why is it so hard for me, time is now, for me to make a decision, throw my arms up in the air, and say, here we go---
0 #8 Galatians 3:3 & July 27th, 2014penny 2014-07-28 22:23
Goodness Gracious, and forevermore...S unday was BBQ & Baptism...God filled my heart beyond my imagination, with gratitude and love:)
Pastor Pete, goodness :) I see that Galatians 3:3 is still there...and again seeing "me"...the "me" still waiting, that is just waiting for the "ME" to surrender my heart to God...like prayer, God forgive me, I do KNOW that You do HEAR and ANSWER, even many years ago, when I did my best to deny YOU...I would pray, and there the answer was, whether I liked it or not....I had no choice then, really? Now it is a choice for me to make, as Pastor Pete said, every moment, and the choice need not be because I am "forced" and have no other choice, but because I Love You, and I cry now, when I see Your Son Jesus Chris, the Blood and the Pain....the tears...I will never understand how I got to this place, where I know so...I even wonder at no need to question...Dian a, ..."Carry me, Set me free, (and carry me)...In Jesus Name I Pray, Jesus forgive
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0 #6 My God, Only by You, and Your Son Jesus Christ, with His Blood and Painpenny 2014-06-03 21:54
It is now June 3rd, I see above that March 3rd, 2014 Devotional got my attention...rig ht this minute, I do know that I don't want to go to bed because I will be waking up at 4:30 am to get ready for work...when I would rather be HERE...God Help, I just cannot do BOTH, and keep YOU FOREMOST...if need be, I pray You go ahead and HIT ME IN THE HEAD with the TWO-BY-FOUR rather than Your Loving Gentle Nudges :) Pastor Pete, NEVER FAIL TO TELL US THE TRUTH AS GOD SPEAKS, THRU JESUS CHRIST, and Yes, via HIS SON'S BLOOD AND PAIN. This night, the "I, Myself, and Me", cannot fathom how I would be "OK" participating in this WORLD...at all...even for my children and my grandchildren.. .I am still here, and they are too :) and with help from some of First Love Church folks, I will continue to KNOW THE STRENGTH COMES FROM GOD..Love Me
ps Pops and I like you sitting in the chair...the p[censored]ion and love for God flows stronger :) we're not trying to "suck" it up from all around the room :)
0 #5 June 1st, 2014, God in Demolition & New Construction:)penny 2014-06-01 19:44
My God, Pastor Pete....this "SURRENDER" is unlike the one "Me, Myself, and I" Managed" to stay "Clean" with for 15 yrs., while holding on to at least 2 serious reservations (exit clauses!)...God let me Be "Clean", thru His Mercy/Grace.
God's Mercy & Grace brought me to First Love Church (via Mark R.); Jesus, it is time for my "Soul Now to Stand"...."offe r this heart oh God COMPLETELY TOO YOU". Yes, I have felt the embrace; barely remember much except take a hand, and crying and needing to sit down because I could not stand...from that day till now...God, continue to move me, grace me to accept your direction---I pray to be accountable..." Inventories" are good, yet"performance "based without God; as a "law" and not from a "HEART"...?
In Jesus Name, Blood and Pain, I pray P

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