SOAP 11/6/10

Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Galatians 3:3
But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back in those weak and miserable principles? Galatians 4:9

How I love Galatians! It must have been very difficult for one who had lived by the law for so long to live differently. Life for so long had been defined by what you could and could not do. Even hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit, it is hard to give up your old patterns and ways. However, speaking from experience, how lonely and tiresome is it to try to do the works of faith without God. Paul seems confounded by the ability of the galatians to simply turn back to their old ways. How could you go back once you are known by Jesus? How could you go back after beginning with the spirit? Aren’t you aware that your human effort can only get you so far and usually with great effort and pain? Tradition and habit is powerful that way. As a believer, we need to continue to be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit and be aware that those who are newly saved come with a ton of baggage, history and habit.

For me, I am too far into this to be so foolish! Why is it so easy for me to try to attain my goal by my own effort? This is why daily devotions and getting to know God better is so important. I can read John Maxwell or Andy Stanley until I am blue in the face but I can’t become the leader I want to be without being in a relationship with God and knowing his word.

Lord,
I pray I would do things by the Holy Spirit and not by my own power. Help me to rely on you and not return to my old ways. Help me have compassion for others who are leaving their old habits and ways behind for a life for you. Thank you for your continued blessing in my life. Bless today. Help me to pour into a generation of young women. Amen.

Art for sermon graphic The Holy Spirit Comforter for the Uncomfortable:

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