Seize the Moment – Day 244

Live the Real Deal!

Galatians 4


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, November 16.


Do you know how bankers learn the difference between real money and counterfeit bills?


They study the real thing so that they know what is right and true.


In the same way, Paul calls us not to live according to the “elementary principles of the world”, but according to the Word of God. Listen to Galatians 4:3-7:


In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So, you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.


Listen to three contrasts between the counterfeit and the real:

1.  The world calls you to be a consumer for treasures, the Spirit of God calls you to be a container for the glorious treasure of Christ in you; you are saved to shine His marvelous light!
2.  The world calls you to hoard so that you can feel security in your possessions, the Spirit calls you to give generously of what you have so that you can find your security in the One who possesses you; you are not owned by your possessions!
3.  The world calls you to live a happy life by indulging your desires and living according to their dictates, the Spirit calls you to a joyful life by crucifying your flesh and its desires so that you are not imprisoned to them; you are free in Christ!


Press into God so you can know the real from the counterfeit?


Seize the moment and live for the real deal—you are not a slave to fear, you are a child of God!


Have a wonderful day!


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