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What if There Were No Laws?

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S – “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

O – Judges is hard to read. All the ugly violence and despicable acts are disturbing.  The last verse in the book explains why. When everyone does what is right in their own eyes, the result is chaos, pain, and war.

A – We seem to be leaning to this philosophy in present day. Everyone wants to be free to do what they think is right, what feels good but that does not work! As Judges shows, that philosophy ends in violence, immorality, war, rape, and destruction. To the point it is not safe to walk in the street at night. God have mercy!

Jesus paid a high price to redeem me. I want to live in a way that glorifies Him. Please help me Lord!

P – Father, you always know what is best. We may not be under the law for salvation but your laws are there for a reason. They protect us and guide us. We need boundaries. Please guide our nation. Guide our leaders. Help us to walk in submission to you and not to our own desires. You bought us with your life. Help us to walk in a way that glorifies You.

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By Faith Not Works

“…a man is not justified by observing the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:15-16

Paul emphasizes that we are not justified by observing the law. He repeats it 3 times in 2 verses. No one is justified by law but by faith in Christ alone! Faith in Jesus is everything! Jesus is the focus. If I focus on my behavior, on me, there will just be frustration. If I focus on Jesus, on faith in His power in me, then He works through me to produce righteousness. It is all about Him! Apart from Jesus Christ, I can do nothing.

Dear Lord Jesus, please help me today to focus on you. Help me take my eyes off of myself and focus on you and have faith in your grace and power. Thank you Jesus that you have cleansed me of all my sin! You are my justification! Praise your Holy Name!

 

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