OCD: Obsessive Comparison Disorder

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10  If you truly want to set yourself free and claim the freedom Christ offers, you must resist the urge to compare…

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Reject Perfectionism

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1  Perfectionism is a very rigid view of life that assumes that one’s worth and acceptance is contingent upon doing everything perfectly with no flaws; however, it’s this pursuit of flawlessness that leads us on a…

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Choose Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ as set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1  The apostle Paul knew a lot about what it was like to be in prison. During his second missionary journey, he was arrested and imprisoned in Philippi.…

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It Didn’t Have to End Like This

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9  One of the saddest parts of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas is what he does when he comes to terms with the fact that he has let Jesus down. He thought his sins had caused…

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How To Develop The Fruit Of The Spirit

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 17: 22-23  How do we begin to develop the fruit of the Spirit? Well, the answer begins with… the Spirit. We first have to recognize that it is not in our strength, but in the Lord’s strength that we become spiritually stronger.…

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Producing the Fruit Of The Spirit

“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” – Galatians 5:18, 22-23  As a follower of Christ, you are given the responsibility to choose the Spirit over…

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Living By The Spirit

“Live by the spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.” – Galatians 5:16-17  When you become…

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The Problem With Seeking External Validation

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)  Throughout the course of my ministry, I’ve had to recognize my own limitations. I have colleagues in ministry whose ministry…

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Helping Others

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. (Acts 2:44-45)  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)  I read this story once about a young husband who knocked on the…

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Unnoticed Work

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)  Part of being a follower of Christ is understanding that the work you do to further the Gospel will not always be appreciated. Not everyone will understand why you go to the lengths…

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