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Apr 24

Lord, in the wee hours of the morning, awakening from a dream, I am realizing that the greatest gift you have given me – besides salvation and knowing You – is a clear conscience and the satisfaction of knowing I have always done my best in this life. When I was tiny and horribly abused, I fought as hard as I could to protect myself, but when it was over I did not hang onto anger and did not become an abuser myself. When I was beaten down as a teen, I did not choose to seek “power” to try to get back at those who hurt me. And when I was a mother, I always did my best to give my children way more Love than I had ever been given, even when it seemed I was giving more in one hour than I was getting in a year. I realize I have not until now felt this free from guilt and remorse. I realize that it is the restorative work of your Word in me, creating this change, establishing this peace and contentment. I thank you, Jesus, for making your sacrifice and intervening for our souls as a true High Priest, so that I and others like me can stand clean and proud and brave before you. It is not me that ever shines, that is ever good. I can only ever just reflect your Light, as the moon does for the sun. Thank you so much, for shining your mercy on little me.

 
Galatians 3:3‭, ‬5‭-‬7‭, ‬9‭, ‬11‭-‬13‭, ‬22‭-‬29 AMPC

Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard? Thus Abraham believed in and adhered to and trusted in and relied on God, and it was reckoned and placed to his account and credited as righteousness (as conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action). [Gen. 15:6.] Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham. So then, those who are people of faith are blessed and made happy and favored by God [as partners in fellowship] with the believing and trusting Abraham. Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live. [Hab. 2:4.] But the Law does not rest on faith [does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith], for it itself says, He who does them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [not by faith]. [Lev. 18:5.] Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified); [Deut. 21:23.] But the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him]. Now before the faith came, we were perpetually guarded under the Law, kept in custody in preparation for the faith that was destined to be revealed (unveiled, disclosed), So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith. But now that the faith has come, we are no longer under a trainer (the guardian of our childhood). For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

 

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