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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 28, 2022
Born Free By Faith

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Galatians 4:24-31 KJV
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Galatians a church in Asia Minor Paul wrote and went into detail not to revert back to Judaism or revert back to the time of the laws. Instead to be servant under the law of the land and under the freedom of the laws of God. When we think cross we do not think of Christ putting away the law of man and putting on full law or word of God but in reality his flesh was no longer flesh of man but of incorruption, the flesh of promise. The Spiritual flesh of hope, the physical incorruptable flesh of promise. A turtle can not take his shell of his back and live. In fact he retreats into the shell of the flesh. In fact this shell of his flesh can not be removed without killing this little reptile. Much us our humanity can not be removed from our bodies, but is a part of us until the day of death. However spiritual we are changed from children of the flesh to children of incorruptibility upon the day of salvation, because we are not of the flesh but of our spirit, our true nature being not of our given nature but a nature of hope and nature not of fear but of promise. We live within the shell of our humanity. A shell not of hope but of desires, and dreams. Our spiritual nature upon salvation enslaving our bodies hope and desires to the will of God.

Most might feel why can I satisfy my human need, you can if it is a need that honors God. Abraham had a wife that said not tonight Abraham I got a headache. Her headache was Abraham, she told him go sleep with my maid. I don't care. Woman I know there days where our men can be ogres. It not about how good it is in bed, but whether or not in reality will the man wait til the headache leaves, or the one is over sickness of any kind. We do not know how Sarah was feeling when she told him to sleep with Hagar. We only know she was tired of Abraham aggravating her with conception of their first child. After 50 years with no luck who could blame her. Was it a bad hair day, or one of those quick decisions of Abrahm keep your hands off me moments, that caused her to throw her maid at him. To her horror he took her advice and tried forbidden fruit and it was good. So good that in time to come he have more forbidden fruit and more then one wife, but at the present he is guilty of adultry, despite her giving him her maid. When the maid became pregnant, the child of the maid was not the first born he was waiting for, it only evidence he was not sterile. God comes into the camp of Abraham and even told him he would of a child of promise, the child of his wife Sarah. The seed of promise. Hagar child a son of lust, desire and that moment need greater then Sarah true feelings of love for her husband, or was it a type of love, of giving him what he wanted. This one relationship would cause strife between Sarah and her handmaid. The woman that helped her was now bearing a son that was not of the promise line. God had called Sarah to be a mother of a great nation, but not by and through another woman.

God did not give us the promise of faith through our human desires, only gave us the promise of faith through our belief and submitting our will to God instead of the flesh. After salvation we become children of learn to walk not after our fleshly needs but after spiritual desire of hope and promise through eternity.

We no longer children of our desire but children of God spiritually, born after not his image of appearance of man but spiritual birth through his Son. No longer first born of force but born of promise. Israel had sold herself in to bondage by disobeying the truth and going after the evil of many nations. Though children of promise were exiled because of the rest of the nation going into bondage by choice, all still were forced into bondage of slavery. They when sent to rebuild the temple were still under the laws of slavery and not under the laws of God.

When one was born of God spiritually one was born of God and not of bondage of the enemy. Could one be born a second time, the scribe Nicodemus asked Jesus in John chapter 3. Jesus made it clear only spiritually and not of the human flesh we were encased by. Our afterlife would be because of spiritual rebirth, not of the flesh, but of the spiritual rebirth upon the day of salvation. Our resurrection not of the flesh but of the Spirit. Unless Christ returned our flesh would decay, but our spirit would not see death upon faith in Jesus. Our hope by the promise sent by God because of his love for us.

Hagar not of promise wife and Ishmael not of the promise seed could still be born by spiritual birth, but never again by fleshly lust. We must give up the part of us that is of the world we live in. That part born of his world but not born of God's spirit. The part God gave man to protect him from the elements of this world, that can be battered and scarred, but has not place without being transformed into incorruptibility by faith in Christ Jesus on the day we become resurrected into his kingdom. Our fleshly life shadowing of the world we live in, but our spiritual life shadowing after Christ who was born not of corruption but the will of God and his word.

whether Jew or Greek we have the ability to be children of God not of flesh, but of promise through faith. born not out of slavery of the law of Jewish life style but born of faith of the Jewish faith through righteousness of the hope of promise found in Christ. That same faith not to be entangled by jewish law but held onto by the thread of faith, one thread that would tie all that believed through the promise of Abraham, which was of faith, through faith in Christ Jesus. Abraham not being able to give the life style of promise but the hope through faith. Even Hagar and Ishamel had faith in God, though not of conception or marriage of hope, but marriage of promise to God's Son. Faith being more then works of righteousnes, but faith wrought first by belief and works following because of the promise of hope. Abraham righteousness because of his work, God gave him righteousness through faith second. Abraham being born of the spirit not by his human birth but his spiritual birth, for his father was of the land of idolatry and not of the land of promise. No one had been from the land of promise before faith, accept Eve who was created from the flesh of of humanity of the rib of Adam in the land of hope.

If we can grasp that neither Jew or Gentile was orignal seed of promise in the sense being born of the Spirit of God until the day of faith in God's word, we can understand the hope of promise far in the distance but grasp by God's promise given to us and we believed. Even the Samaratian woman at the well believed in the Messiah coming, but understood that Jesus was that Messiah upon belief, with the very word spoken by Christ Jesus himself that point out her sin that caused her lostness from the Father.

We are all in bondage to our desires until Christ sets us free. The yoke of bondage made free when we believe God's word to come out of the darkness into the light of Christ. Jews rested on the human birth through their family much like some church teach the doctrine of your born into the christian family and part of the christian family because of that doctrine. A form a legalism without the knowledge of true faith in Christ must come from the one's own heart and can not be duplicated by the shadowing of human action.

Dear Heavenly Father, as we look to faith in you, your call on our life to believe in your Son through faith that came to do your will by his power given by God to obey him all the way through the cross into endless life through the resurrection. Christ teaching us to believe in the hope through faith and obedience to your will. Help us to live up to faith you instilled in us by the need of you through the knowledge of our own sin. That you gave us rebirth through faith, in Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Genesis 16:1-6 KJV
1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

Romans 5:1-21 KJV
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.


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