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Summer Challenge 2014 Hot Spot 2

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Summer Challenge 2014 HeaderSummer Challenge Hotspot #2

Faith

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything,
but faith working through love.” 

Galatians 5:6

You’ve just finished your first week of Son Soaking! I will admit gleaning from this vast treasure chest of eternal riches is like wandering on the endless open beaches of the Pacific deciding which spot has the highest probability rate for a sun tan! However, there are some key Biblical truths assisting us in the prime spot for victory, not only in our summer challenge, but for living in the Spirit of God the rest of our lives.  Even the church of Galatia had to be retold the key for such living (Galatians 1:6).

One of these truths, given in this week’s hotspot of the Good News, is found in Galatians 5:6. Paul’s central theme of Galatians could well revolve around the little phrase “faith working through love.”  In Galatians Paul is teaching to the new believers in Christ that the Old Testament symbolisms and object lessons are now things of the past. They served their purpose, preparing man for the reality now offered by faith in the love of Christ. The Old Testament Mosaic law, rituals and rules could not fulfill the will, the way and the work of the Father in our lives! Galatians explains to us they were never meant to (Galatians 3:21). Now through the grace of the Father in Jesus Christ, Old Testament prophecy such as Isaiah 43: 19 has been fulfilled: “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?”  No one has ever nor will ever earn their salvation, find their way to the Father, nor achieve their holiness through the accumulation of good deeds (Galatians 1:4; 2:16; 3:2). Grace is God’s gift providing only ONE way to make all things new: “FAITH working through love” – JESUS!

What FREEDOM to live by “faith working in love” – JESUS (Galatians 5:1). The grace of God our father in Christ Jesus alone offers me eternal life. “Faith working in love” allows me to give testimony along with Paul that I have been made a new creation in Christ Jesus (Galatians 6:15). Oh what assuring joy to give witness that “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me”(Galatians 2:20). Now I belong to the Father and in Christ Jesus I no longer live to satisfy the passions and desires of the flesh.  Instead I possess the freedom of walking in the Spirit that I may serve another – “faith working through love” (Galatians 5:13)! 

As you continue to soak in the Son may you be assured that truly living, honestly thinking, purely loving as the Father intends is only possible by the blood and the Spirit of Christ: “faith working through love” in YOU and ME!  (For an extra challenge read I Corinthians 2 – 3:3).

Natalie Grant sings this truth in song:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
 
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease;
My Comforter, My All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand. 
 
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again.
 
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ. 

(lyrics by Stuart Townsend)

Prayer: Oh precious Father, thank you for giving us the life of your Son. We choose “Faith… placing our entirety, identity and reality into Jesus – working through love!” Amen.

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About Linda

Linda Boyette’s life is centered in one reality: Jesus is enough! Linda has been involved with Titus Women since its beginning, and she currently serves as Discipleship Coordinator. She also leads a Titus Bible Study in her home and speaks at conferences and retreats around the U.S. and internationally. No matter the setting, Linda’s appointment is to invite women to live the incredible joy of a sacred fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through knowing Jesus as Savior, Center, and Source. Linda is also an accomplished pianist, serving churches and camp meetings through the ministry of music. She lives on a farm in Mt. Vernon, Ohio with her husband Phil and is mother to three sons and two daughters-in-love.

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