Your Nine-to-Five Job

Thursday, January 30
Galations 5

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“Practical Applications for Life:” such is this third and final division of Paul’s letter to the churches in the province of Galatia. Freedom and bondage; life and death: these are the two polarities. Ask the Lord to show you whether you are clinging to the freedom the Lord Jesus gives, or are losing the grip, swept away and bound up in external legalism. The opening inspiration is meant to startle you.

In freedom, you do the clinging; in bondage, an outside force does the clinging to you. God welcomes us to cling to the cross of Jesus to protect us from the vicious tide of evil that seeks to sweep us away.

Here is your “nine-to-five job:” take one of the nine fruits of the Spirit for each hour. The Spirit will birth them in you, one hour at a time.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Faithfulness working through love v. 6
Called to serve one another v. 13
Not by flesh, but by Spirit v. 16
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness v. 22

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This is the Fourth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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3 thoughts on “Your Nine-to-Five Job

  1. Grace alone:

    We are embraced by the death and resurrection of Jesus…as well as by His living command through which He wills to sanctify us, attract us to Himself, and therefore awaken us to obedience as partners in His covenant.

    Karl Barth


  2. Gal 5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

    Feel the tension between these two verses which contain the virtues of faith, hope and charity which suture together the “already” and the “not yet.”

    See comment on Psalm 9 from yesterday.

    Insight on these two verses from Richard Hayes in his commentary on Galatians from The New Interpreter’s Bible.

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    Pocket Prayers from Creator Mundi


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