Seize the Moment – Day 241

Absolute Dependence!

Galatians 3


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, November 13.


We all have favorite passages of the Bible. One of my favorites is Galatians 3:3 because of its deep impact upon my testimony as a pastor who is learning to be totally dependent on the Word and Spirit and no longer dependent on my own competencies and charisma.


Listen to Paul’s questions in Galatians 3:3, “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”.


I was on a silent retreat in 2015 when this Scripture came alive and spoke personally to me. The Lord was graciously teaching me, and is still teaching me, absolute dependence on Him—a full surrender—a forsaking of all—a crucified life. This was the beginning of the journey that has led me to learn the life of a Yokefellow; the life of the easy yoke of Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30).


When we learn to work from grace and restfully work, then we can do much for God without hurry in our souls because our souls are at rest in Him. We learn that all things, from justification to glorification and every step of sanctification along the way, comes only from grace and not from anything we can do! When we learn to stop being foolish and trying to do on our own power only what God can do through His Holy Spirit, then we stop fighting against God’s will for our lives—our sanctification, which is our conformity to the image of Christ for the glory of the Father through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.


Seize the moment and learn to submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in you. This the life of faith. This is what it means to believe.


Have a wonderful day!


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