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22. 10. 2017

Daughters and Sons of the Living God
Galatians 4:6-20

1. The Redeemed With Privileges (Galatians 4:1-9a)


 

 

 

 

 

2. The Redeemed Must Stand Firm (Galatians 4:9-18)

 

 

 


 

 

 

Questions for Discussion

1. Are you able to call God “Abba Father”?

2. Read Galatians 4:8-10. In what ways do we go back to our former ways?

3. How can we be more concerned about our fellow believers’ spiritual conditions? Pray for each another.

 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 5 / Day 5 - Morning/Midday Office

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 5:7–8
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.

 

Devotional
The capacity to grieve is almost lost in our culture. People use work, TV, drugs, alcohol, shopping, food binges, busyness, sexual escapades, unhealthy relationships, and even serving others at church—anything––to medicate the pain of life. Year after year we deny and avoid the difficulties and losses of life, the rejections and frustrations. When a loss enters our life we become angry at God and treat it as an alien invasion from outer space.

This is unbiblical and a denial of our common humanity. Consider the following examples: The ancient Hebrews physically expressed their laments by tearing their clothes and utilizing sackcloth and ashes. Jesus himself offered up “prayer and petitions with fervent cries and tears.” During Noah’s generation, God was grieved about the state of humanity (Gen. 6). Jeremiah wrote six confessions or laments in which he protested to God about his circumstances. Then, after the fall of Jerusalem, he wrote an entire book called Lamentations.

The God-like response to loss is neither spin nor a cover-up. Scripture teaches us to deal honestly and prayerfully with our losses and disappointments (big and small), and all their accompanying confusing emotions. Why? Losses are indispensable if we are going to change and grow into the men and women God has called us to be.

 


Question to Consider
In what ways are you tempted to spin or cover over your losses and miss God’s deeper work in you?

 

Prayer
Lord, I acknowledge that I prefer to ignore and deny my pain and loss. I struggle with seeing how resurrection life can come out of death. Grant me the courage to pay attention to what you are doing, and to wait on you—even when everything in me wants to run away. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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