DIG for Saturday the 20th of April……grace means freedom, religion and legalism means bondage…..Galatians 5 v 1

Paul warns the Galatians (and us) about the dangers of legalism and religion in Galatians 5 v 1.

He clearly warns believers about returning to the rules and regulates and self righteous works required by legalism.

This will not result in blessings; Paul says it will result in bondage.

Trying to attain God’s blessings and abundance through religious acts just does not work, it will always result in failure which leads to guilt and self condemnation (and that is bondage).

For the Galatians Paul was talking about Jewish religious requirements.

For us he means the traditional religious requirements of today, that is prayer, tithing and good works for example.

Now, prayer for example is not evil and I (and Paul) am not saying do not pray. I am saying do not pray a certain amount each day to please and therefore receive from God.

Receive from God as a free gift of grace through your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

That will result in freedom or liberty; freedom from sin and freedom from a life of striving and religious performance, freedom from guilt and anxiety.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the freedom from religion and legalism through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Galatians 5 v 1……Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.