You Were Set Free to Remain Free

Based on: Galatians 5:1-6

Were you ever a slave?  The Israelites knew what slavery was like.  They were slaves in Egypt, but the Lord set them free with some awesome miracles.  Can you imagine the rejoicing that went on the day they became free?  After generations of slavery the taste of freedom must have been sweet!  Yet, it wasn’t long before the Israelites were complaining, "If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted.”  They even said, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."  How ungrateful! After all God had done to free them from slavery they wanted to go back!  We can’t understand how they could say that . . . or can we?  Isn’t there a part of us, the old Adam, the old man, the sinner in us that wants to reject the freedom Christ won for us and go back to slavery to sin and follow that cruel slave master, Satan?  Brothers and sisters in Christ, Christ made you free.  Remain free in Christ!  Slavery destroys our freedom and this freedom we have is good.

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God’s Perfect Planning

Based on:  Galatians 4:4-7

Have you ever bought a gift for someone that you are particularly proud of? Have you ever experienced one of those times when you knew exactly what would be the perfect gift for that special person? You planned very carefully how you would get that gift and wrap it and get it into the house so that they would not know.  Then you couldn’t wait to give it to that person.  It brought you pleasure to give that gift, because you put a lot of effort into that gift.  You thought about what kind of gift to give and you planned just how to give it.  This morning we look at the preparations God made to give his gift and we also look at the wonderful gift he gave.

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