Pastor Steve Cassell
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Galatians 4:1
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all

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Can you see how challenging and humbling this statement is? Quite often we find stories, parables, and scriptures about how a person who was ordained and empowered to live an overcoming life, succumbed to the pressures of life and the influence of ungodly people to, sadly, embrace a substandard way of living. Here we see Paul just coming out in plain language to accentuate that very point, but this time it is being written to the church, of which you and I are a member of. Paul also takes it a step further by using language of slavery and bondage to illustrate how living in the law and against grace can entrap even Spirit filled, New Testament, Born Again Believers! The Aramaic Bible in Plain English states, “I say that as long as the heir is a child, he is not distinct from the Servants, though he is Master over all of them.” So your level of victory and success is not solely dependent on your re-creation. It is dependent on your cooperation with the maturing of the Spirit and your commitment to the grace of God. The context of this whole letter was to a Christian church who was being persuaded to fall back into performance relationship with God through tradition, religion and works of the flesh. I dare say this letter could easily be written to many, if not the majority of the churches in America today. The church of today has done a pretty good job of telling us what to do, but has often missed the purpose. Christianity is not about behavior modification, it is about heart transformation. When a person experiences intimacy with Jesus, the natural byproduct is a passion to grow (mature), change (repent) and impact others (evangelize) with that Good News (Gospel). Jesus never desired a Kingdom of slaves doing hard labor, He desired friends close to His heart that would naturally change the world. Beloved, today, lay down the “rat race” mentality and purposefully press into a place of quiet intimacy with Jesus where royalty and power are commonplace.

Philippians 3:8
Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ

In the Love and Grace of Jesus,

Pastor Steve Cassell
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