Galatians 3:23-27

about Faith

23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all One in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
Galatians 3:23-27 NASU

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Plans interrupted.
My plan was to start Galatians chapter 4. I got as far as the first three words of the chapter before I had to go back and nail down what “it” is. I quickly forgot about “it”.

Earlier that morning, I listened to Bill Johnson, someone I’ve never heard before. I thought I had a firm grasp on what FAITH is, what it means (standing firm on God’s Word). I sat up straight when he said…

“Faith is God’s nature: not just something HE inspires IN us; it is actually HIS personal confidence that HE gives us.”

Bill Johnson

Back to Galatians 3:23.
Torah-Law protected us UNTIL The Way of faith… The Way is living the life of warrior-love of God. And again, faith is God’s nature which HE inspires (breaths the breath of Life into) US!

Torah-Law is a map to help us feel our way through the dark shadow of The Valley of Death that we call (biological) life. FAITH IS supernatural light in the darkness, and the light is the life of men. Take a moment to go back and read John 1:1-5 for clarification.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:1-5

New American Standard Update

Walk in the light of life of the Son of God. Y’shua-Jesus fulfilled the Torah-Law, so do you IN HIM. That is Faith!

Debs in Everett, Washington (posted) Thursday, November 12, 2020

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I was feeling just a little bit dull as I began my devotions. As if I was not making a good connection with the Almighty. Before jumping into 2nd Thessalonians I thought, maybe I should pray a psalm first. But which one?

Psalm 100; why this psalm? Because I forget where I was when I last prayed a psalm and did not want to start over at 1. I thought that is what I was thinking, but God leads even when I feel dull of spirit.

Hallelujah! Or maybe I should say, “Roo-Ah!”

Debs in Everett,WA November 10, 2020… Starting to feel that string in my soul. Give it a go.

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Galatians 3:15-22

15 Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law (Torah), which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

New American Standard Update

The promise to Abraham and his SEED (the Son of God, Y’shua-Jesus) is found in Genesis 12:2-3. And I (YHVH-God) will make you (Abraham and his SEED) (1) a great nation, (2) HE will bless (meaning they are his favorite) you (Abraham and his SEED), (3) HE will make your name great (Abraham and Jesus his SEED; (3) you shall be a blessing; (4) I will bless those who bless you, (5) the one who curses you I will curse. (6) And in you (Abraham and Jesus his SEED) all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. 22 But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ (The SEED) might be given to those who believe.
Galatians 3:15-22 NASU

New American Standard Update

Blue Pill: Be really, really, REALLY, good at following the rules. (Spoiler… the rules only condemn, but go ahead & try anyway)

We are sinners. Sin is NOT the way of righteousness, it is the way of condemnation. The debt of condemnation is death.

Red Pill: Jesus paid your debt in full so that you are free to live his life! (Spoiler… the Holy Spirit comes into you so that it is Jesus living His life through you. You still do not need to be good enough) “there is therefore no condemnation in Christ.”

Debs in Everett, Washington (posted) November 9, 2020

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An American Warning

I am never sure if I am actually ready for an event until the event arrives. Today is no different then getting ready for past events, my first thanksgiving dinner, the birth of a child, moving to a new place. The difference in preparation for other big events and whatever it is that seems to be happening to America is that I am not preparing for a day that has an end in sight. I think of dumb things like, “how much toilet paper is enough?” or do I have enough matches, soap or coffee? Sometimes it feels like I am preparing for a long vacation rather then civil war, but that is all I know, I’ve done that. Even marriage was not as life changing as what seems to be ahead for Americans. After all, husbands are prepared to provide for their wife in the manner she is accustomed to. I am not accustomed to what is being hinted at for people today. No one I know has ever gone through the trauma that America is anticipating. With that I offer a video to help think through preparation and an after thought.

Posted November 6, 2020

Debs in Everett, Washington November 6, 2020 confirming the truth of Psalm 37:25. It may not be what we picture in our heads or be what we have become accustom to, but there will be gifts from Almighty God. Have you read about the Pilgrims and the two kernels of corn? It seems to be all about Thanksgiving.

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Galatians 3 1-14

It’s all about justification.

10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” 11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” 12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”– 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Galatians 3:10-14 NASU

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Justified We like to say “Just as if I never sinned.” But Justification is so much more then that. Justification is the Holy Spirit bringing out who you really are, a new man (woman) in Christ! It is the Holy Spirit who causes us to be in a right relationship with Christ, conforming us to right relationship with our Lord. It is not a re-do, it is being washed in the blood of Salvation (Y’shua, the Hebrew name of Jesus means Salvation) All the filth of sin has been washed away. You are clean and only need your feet occasionally washed (repent and confess your sin one to another)

Debs in Everett, Washington (posted) November 5, 2020

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The Day After the Election

I’ll be reading a book.

I usually only read when I am outside of wifi signal somewhere in my RV. I finished the first book in the series on our last trip. Took me forever! So many details were set up at the start of the book and I had a hard time getting into it. But by the end, I was hooked! It even changed the way I think of an assembly of believers and spiritual warfare. It has even given a different twist to my study of 2nd Thessalonians. So much fun!

Anyway, it is better then waiting around for all this election weirdness to settle down, right?

Debs in Everett, Washington November 4, 2020, neither a republican nor a democrat…. but I did vote for the Donald because I am a citizen with voting privileges and love how he has supported life, Christians and Israel.

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On walking among scorpions

Every now and then, the Almighty sees fit to make a connection for me. Today is election day, 2020. Early in the morning while it is still dark and the rain is pounding on my window and roof, God sent the light of illumination to my humble soul. Amazing love!

Revelation 9 opens with “the fifth angel blowing his trumpet” and immediately (apparently) a star falls to the earth. Jump back to Luke chapter 10, verse 18.

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.
Luke 10:17-19 NASU

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I have no doubt that the English word “star” is often used to represent a spirit being. I am sure that the star that the wise men followed to Bethlehem was a spirit being. There is an easy connection for me of the star falling to earth in Revelation 9 and Satan, known as the shining one, falling to earth in Luke 10. Why does this matter? The first thing Y’shua-Jesus tells the 70 (72?) is, “I have given you authority to tread on… scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” Now look again at Revelation 9.

Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. 2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. 6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
Revelation 9:1-6

New American Standard Update

Are you Born Again? No matter who is elected President today, we have been promised that wild times are ahead. Who is on the LORD’s side? American Christians are sure that we will never face the great tribulation. Chinese Christians, Christians in Sudan and Iran-Persia have been living the tribulation that Americans have blown off for as long as I can remember. What do I believe? I believe that the scorpions are spirit beings who come to “torment” mankind with horrible hurt like the sting of a physical scorpion. But in Luke 10:19, Y’shua-Jesus said “…I have given you authority… over all the power of the enemy and nothing will injure you.”

Beloved, you must be born again. Do you know what that means? You can start reading the book of John to learn what salvation means and what it cost God to give you this gift. His plan for we who believe is very different then it is for those who reject the gift of eternal life for the biological life of rebellion.

Debs in Everett, Washington November 3, 2020… who did not just wake up with this knowledge. While I am posting my short studies of Galatians from my Bible journal, I am actually studying the book of 2nd Thessalonians (please pray for me). Anything that has to do with the subjects presented in 2Thess catches my attention. This morning’s light came from a video of Derek and Sharon Gilbert, to whom I am thankful and praying for.

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Who is the Antichrist?

G500 ANTICHRISTOS (an-tee’-khris-tos) an opponent of Messiah Zoe compound noun meaning “instead of or against” and “anointed” (Christ). An opposer of Christ-Messiah, or one who usurps the place of Christ. Those who deny that Jesus is the Messiah and has come in the flesh. L&N …one who opposes the roll of Christ in the sense of usurping the roll of Christ.

Strong’s Concordance, Zodhiates Complete Word Study, Lowe and Nida

usurping the roll of Christ. This can only happen if the Holy Spirit is removed from the biological world, i.e. earth.

Though I am currently posting my bible journal notebook study of Galatians, I am actually doing a study of 2 Thessalonians. This video of a round table discussion of “Antichrist” was SO helpful. It took me out of the tunnel vision of one small book or epistle to the “big picture” I’m hoping you enjoy it as much as I did. spoiler: you may want a your Bible, a pen and notepaper ready!

Debs in Everett, Washington October 31, 2020 happy reformation day!

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Galatians 2:11-21

I love my church. You have probably said that, me too. What do you mean when you say that? Do you mean that you love your denomination, your friends, the preaching? What does it mean?

In Galatians 2:11-21 we are asked to consider what we love about church through the example of Peter when he visited a mixed race church.

What makes us righteous? Why Grace? And the question that brought me to Galatians, suggested by Messianic sisters, are we saved to keep Torah in righteousness in order to be rightious? Is Paul only speaking of the oral law or is he speaking of the first five books of my precious Bible?

All I know right now is rightious comes by faith in the son of God, not by mutilation of my flesh. When it comes to Torah, righteousness still comes by faith, not ritual.

Stay tuned and prayerful, God (and Galatians) isn’t finished yet!

Debs… who loves that wherever two or more of my sisters and brothers are gathered in the name of Y’shua-Jesus, He is in our midst! October 29, 2020 (Matthew 18:20)

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Galatians 2:1-7

Is God taking you out of your comfort zone? Paul had been safe in a bubble of anonymity for 14 years. Learning to hear the Holy Spirit be his teacher, worshipping in a fellowship that did not know that he was the criminal who once persecuted The Fellowship. But God was calling him back to Jerusalem, back to a danger zone. Would he experience well deserved rejection? Even human wrath for his crimes? Galatians 2:1-10 holds the answer.

Most of us come to God because of a crisis. That means we have some kind of baggage. We often receive a well deserved rest while we heal from the pain we may have caused or received. This time of our life is sometimes known as a mountain top experience, and it is lovely! Heaven is our true place of rest. The mountain top is more of a place of refreshing and healing so that we can come back down to the valley to minister to God and bless others. For Paul it took 14 years. We might have a month or years. The mountain top is not our home. Drink in the rest if you are there but know it will end on this earth. What you take with you into the valley is a relationship with your beloved, God Almighty.

Debs in Everett, WA October 26, 2020

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