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Devotional - week of June 10, 2001


STAND IN YOUR FREEDOM

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  Galatians 5:1

A common experience of those who have begun to experience their freedom in Christ is that of facing forces seeking to drive them back into the struggle of self-effort.

Some have yielded to these forces and, as a result, missed out on a growing experience of life “in Christ.” The churches of Galatia were among the first to experience the temptation to abandon life in the Spirit and return to life in the flesh.

After leading them to Christ, Paul taught the believers of Galatia of their life “in Christ.” Almost every verse of the Book of Galatians concerns the danger of the Galatians turning from freedom in Christ and lapsing into a life of law-living—a life of human effort rather than a life of faith.

Because we face the same forces that the Galatians faced, we must heed Paul’s warning to the Galatians. We must:

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

If the pressure to turn from the life of grace comes from Satan, from the very atmosphere of the world we live in, or even a close Christian friend, we must “Stand fast in our liberty in Christ.”