Category Archives: Galatians

Ricochet

Admittedly this post is intended as ricochet ministry. Described by a beloved Pastor (my paraphrase) as bouncing the message off my regular Readers (who highly likely have already embraced it and will) hopefully rebound it to others who might benefit. 

The picture is copied from a public domain and is pictured here as the springboard for this essay. This picture does not tell the whole story though. Does it?

It does tell me the targeted man is only valued, and the wife deems herself only loved, when the husband conforms to all the wishes and dictates of the wife. It tells me the wife sees herself predominately as One to be served rather than a partner in service. This is heartbreaking for both of them.
The pictured message is the opposite of the Spirit of Scripture. It is a 180 in the wrong direction from the principles that make for a healthy, happy marriage.  Biblical Principles when applied and treasured by BOTH will bring Life to life. 

Marriages are BUILT, not by one, not by two but by Three – GOD and the two. This building happens when the two individually love GOD FIRST and Secondly, love their mate more than they love their own needs, ways and comforts.  

Scripture does not give the option – I will if he will – someone has to start and the one who starts and does not give up reaps a harvest of plenty. 

Such is rare in our world because marriages today are contracts made to be broken instead of covenants entered for keeping in JESUS name. 

I know whereof I speak  – I’ve had both! The contract for breaking and the Covenant for keeping and that means SOMETHING!

So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest.  source

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. source 

End of Essay,

That Just Might Be

It’s a rainy Tuesday afternoon. The view out my present window is more than pleasant. It’s a gift. I am grateful.

I have some thoughts I recorded on Sunday. They are still strolling around in there. So, I am here to share – I think.

The initiator of this line of thinking was a few words from a sermon I heard – basically the premise was we need to work to build the Kingdom of GOD. That I can agree with.
And even as I do I am mindful that Folks could ask, how.
Sermons often tell us to serve; some sermons even suggest we serve in the nursery, take cupcakes to a neighbor, and the like.
I agree with that too. But does not GOD expect more? 

I think He does.

Let me tell you what came to mind that we might consider service in The Kingdom of GOD.

Let us go to Galatians 5:22-23.
I am confident you know the passage.

Galatians 5:22-23  (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. source

When I choose to love instead of hate that just might be Kingdom Work.

When I choose to refuse to give up on joy when devastation is beating down my door.
When I choose to remain in peace when war is raging all around and I actually want to join up. 

When I choose to let it go when I have been wronged again by a brother or sister; when I avenge not but leave that to Father, while I pray for Him to bless them. 

When I choose to be kind, doing what is helpful and needful even when a brother or sister has actually maligned me. 

When I choose goodness, to do it and see it when that is not what I want to do or see.

When I want to let it slide just this once but instead I choose to be faithful.
When I choose to keep choosing faithful obedience to Thus Said The LORD especially when NO ONE is looking. 

When I choose to respond gently even though I want to go in with words flying and sword-wielding.
When I choose to tell my flesh, my wants, myself, NO. Saying to myself, I shall obey Holy Spirit. 

This I believe is how we serve GOD.
Day by day.

Obedient Choice after Obedient Choice.
Working in the nursery and baking cupcakes may be included. 

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Galatians 5

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.   source 

A quick thought this morning before the morning passes.

What Liberty is verse one speaking of?
What Liberty in The Anointed One have we be given?
The Liberty to NOT practice sin. 

Isn’t that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 🙂
I really can’t come up with a word as to how good this is for us.

Think of it! We have the LIBERTY in CHRIST JESUS to NOT practice sin!
We have the LIBERTY to identify it, name it, call it what it is, and REFUSE to practice it! 

Have you gotten any better news than that since Holy Spirit told you, you did not have to go to hell? 

However, that is not all the verse says.
It says if we choose to refuse this Liberty and practice sin anyway, it will yoke us, that is the practice of this sin, whatever it is that we chose over Liberty, will tie us up, put us in bondage to the sin we chose.
Bondage – The opposite of Liberty.
Who wants that?!!

Day 21

Day 21 of The Giving of Thanks

Fresh Berry Cobbler.
And I say that even before I taste it. I am trusting it will be tasty. Other cobblers have been all these years. That simple little few ingredient recipe. The same one that Little Girl would stand in the kitchen and wait for it to cool just enough to eat it, many years ago. I think she still would – it’s vegan. 🙂

Happy Saturday, my Friends. 

Genesis 1:11 (NLT) 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. source

John 15:5  (NKJV) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. source

Galatians 5:22-26 (NKJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. source

Revelation 22:2 (TLV) down the middle of the city’s street. On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. source

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