This study in Galatians has been presented as a consistent routine for prayer and bible study. If we want to know what’s in the bible, and know what it means and where certain verses and truths are located, this routine of combing through and reading daily one whole book of the bible over a month’s time, is very effective.
The online sermons add an extra dimension to our study, here. They are intended to encourage and to spur on for further growth and application of God’s word to our daily life. The start of a new year is often seen as a fresh start for new disciplines, and the themes of John MacArthur’s sermons over the last few weeks of self-discipline and living an uncompromising life have been most appropriate.
But now… are you discouraged? Is reality stealing your joy? Have you been unable to throw off the weight of your own burdens and run swiftly? Are you trying to run in your own strength?
Balance. Balance. Uncompromising discipline can only be achieved by the grace of God, through His Spirit, not in our flesh.
I re-read Galatians in the Phillips translation this morning and it was a great blessing to me. Read Galatians 6:7-10 again here:
"6:7-10 – Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. If he sows for his own lower nature (the flesh) his harvest will be the decay and death of his own nature. But if he sows for the Spirit he will reap the harvest of everlasting life by that Spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for, unless we throw in our hand, the ultimate harvest is assured. Let us then do good to all men as opportunity offers, especially to those who belong to the Christian household."