Promises, Promises

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And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the Scripture say?
“Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.”
So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman. Galatians 4:29-31

If our faith is to be a saving faith, it must be modeled after Abraham’s. It is by promise, not by fleshly attempts at keeping the law. Paul makes that point to the Galatians. He warns them about their perplexing nature of trying to return to justification by keeping the Jewish customs and laws instead of the freedom found in the grace of God. He reminds us that ‘in Christ’ we have become more than slaves, we are adopted sons of God and co-heirs with Christ. That’s amazing to think about. So what should we do? Become the child of God that He intended us to be.

Are there tendencies for me to return to old patters either of sin or justification by fleshly attempts at being holy? Or am I being transformed by the very promise of God, that I have been adopted into His family?

God, as this day begins, I will be leaning in upon You. I will be, by faith, believing Your Spirit can lead and guide me to live pleasing before You and effective in my calling. I am a child of promise, like Isaac. May I find joy and laughter because I am.

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