Beloved, the bondage has been removed, the stumbling is over. Outrun the “religious spirit” by the same grace through faith in Jesus Messiah alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are a wonderful work of His amazing Grace, Hallelujah! We are even destined to do greater works beyond our imagination as we journey. Don’t be entangled again, Amen!
Galatians 5:1-12 (TPT)
A Life of Freedom
“5 At last we have freedom, for Christ has set us free! We must always cherish this truth[a] and firmly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.
2 I, Paul, tell you: If you think there is benefit in circumcision and Jewish regulations, then you’re acting as though Christ is not enough. 3 I say it again emphatically: If you let yourselves be circumcised you are obliged to fulfill every single one of the commandments and regulations of the law!
4 If you want to be made right with God by fulfilling the obligations of the law, you have cut off more than your flesh—you have cut yourselves off from Christ and have fallen away from the revelation of grace!
5 But we have the true hope that comes from being made right with God, and by the Spirit we wait eagerly for this hope. 6 When you’re joined to the Anointed One, circumcision and religious obligations can benefit you nothing. All that matters now is living in the faith that works and expresses itself through love.
7 Before you were led astray, you were so faithful.[b] Who has deceived you so that you have turned from what is right?
8 The One who enfolded you into his grace is not behind this false teaching that you’ve embraced. 9 Don’t you know that when you allow even a little lie into your heart, it can permeate your entire belief system?[c]
10 Deep in my heart I have confidence that the Lord, who lives in you, will bring you back around to the truth. And I’m convinced that those who trouble you, whoever they think they are, will bear the penalty!
11 Dear friends, why do you think the religious system persecutes me? Is it because I preach the message of being circumcised and keeping all the laws of Judaism? Not at all! Is there no longer any offense over the cross? 12 To tell you the truth, I am so disgusted with all your agitators. I wish they would go even further and cut off their legalistic influence from your lives! [d]Read full chapter”
Timothy S. Lewis
Hebrews 13:20-21 (TPT)
Apostolic Blessing and Conclusion
“20 Now may the God who brought us peace by raising from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ so that he would be the Great Shepherd of his flock; and by the power of the blood of the eternal covenant 21 may he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing[a] to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen! Read full chapter”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (TPT)~
“57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. 58 So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures. “