2/26/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

It’s hard to imagine those words describing our Lord and Savior. It’s hard to imagine those words describing what He did for all humanity. It’s hard to imagine, but that is exactly what He did for us out of love. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, died for us in what was considered a despicable, cursed manner. Jesus died for us in this manner because that was what was necessary for us to receive salvation. When we think of it that way, when we consider it through this light, it changed His actions. What Jesus did for us becomes more real, more personal. He was willing to give us His life in the lowest of ways, so that we could live with Him in the greatest of places, Heaven. Is your life demonstrating your appreciation of His actions?

Prayer Starter:

Lord help my life show You my appreciation for Your actions upon the cross. Help me show You how grateful I am each and every day that You are a part of my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/25/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 3:8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you.

Some people might show some signs of hesitancy when it comes to their obedience in regards to the law and God. In one respect, we must be followers of man’s laws, for if we are not there will be dire consequences to follow. But what if these laws are contrary to the precepts of God? The answer is simple: the precepts of God trump the law of man. With that said, we have reached a point where we shall find a powerful understanding. God will not ask us to disregard any earthly law unless it blatantly goes against the truth of His Word. Will God ask us to speed to reach the lost faster? NO. Will God ask us to steal to provide for someone’s need? NO. Will God ask us to use inappropriate language so we can blend in more? NO. God has ordained faith for all people over law, but it’s up to us to decide upon which side of the line we will take a stand.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me follow You above all else within my life. Help my life be a beacon of light that shows this world Your presence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/24/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?

What is our goal? As Christians, our goal should be to glorify God with out lives. While this is our main goal, we must understand that is comprised of many smaller goals which allow us to reach the point where our lives glorify God. If we attempt to reach this goal alone, we will fail, for it is impossible without the help of God and the encouragement of others. Paul had become agitated with the Galatians. They knew God. They believed in God. They trusted God, and now they were trying to move forward without Him. They turned to justification by law, not God. Our focus, our reason for existence, our goal, should always be God. We must obey the law, but we must never allow that law to supersede God. It all comes down to our goals. Our actions are reflective of our goals. What’s your goal in life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help it be known that I am here to live for You and You alone.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/22/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:11-13 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

The opinions of others are important; but more often than not, we put too much stock in these opinions. Peter is a perfect example. He had no problem being seen with the Gentiles until specific people arrived. When they arrived, he was concerned more about their opinions than his own, so much so that he altered his actions to suit their expectations. We worry too much about what other people think. It is true that opinions of others do matter to a certain point, but we have a tendency to go way beyond that point, way beyond what is reasonable. We hang our lives on their opinions. We change ourselves based on their words. We alter our actions because of their entrance. While we might think this is not a big deal, it couldn’t be any bigger. If we are willing to change who we are in the smallest of ways to please others, we would then be willing to change almost anything, even our system of beliefs.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me stand firm on my beliefs because of another person. Help prevent me from wavering in my faith because of the opinions of others.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/21/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:6 As for those who seemed to be important whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance those men added nothing to my message.

I’m sure most of us are glad that God does not judge on external appearances; for if He did, most of us would be in drastic trouble. Seriously, it is good for us all that God looks at and knows our hearts, for that is where our true essence lies. Unfortunately, we judge a great deal upon outward appearances. We make snap judgments based on looks, size, race, and/or disabilities of people. We decide often whether we like them, want to come near them, or what their intelligence level is based on our perception of outward appearances. This happens often without even hearing a single word flow from their mouths. We must stop this process from occurring. We must see people through the eyes of God. We must strive to see their hearts, for it is there that we will see the true essence of who they really are, the true essence of their existence, and isn’t that what we want them to see as they look upon our lives?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see each person I meet through the contents of their hearts and not their outward appearances.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/20/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:3-5 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.

Society has certainly changed in the past 25 years. Technology and science have transformed us into a world that never seemed possible, one that no one could have imagined 25 years in the past. But along with our marvelous advances, we have lost ground in many facets of life, religion being the worst. We have come to accept compromise under the guise of political correctness. We have almost given up taking a stand for ALL the principles and life directives taught in the Bible under the guise of political correctness and compassion for all mankind. There is nothing wrong with compassion. In fact, as Christians, our lives should be filled with compassion, but not on the coat tails of compromising the truth of scripture. Our stand must be intentional, purposeful, and focused upon the truth of God and His Word; otherwise, it’s not a true Christian stance at all.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how to stand up for You. Teach me how to remain focused on You. Help me show others that I am not ashamed of Your presence within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/19/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

You are a sinner. What comes to mind when you hear the afore mentioned phrase? No one likes to be called a sinner, but in reality we all fit the bill, so to say. All of us have sinned; all of us have gone astray at some point or another. Really, there is nothing wrong with being called a sinner, because we know that through Christ our sins are forgiven and released, never to be held against us again. Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of our sins, so, in essence, we can say that our sins were crucified with Christ on the cross of Calvary. If we sincerely seek the forgiveness of God through the shed blood of Jesus, we shall be forgiven, we shall be restored, and we shall be set free to walk forward in the name of Christ.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I am a sinner that needs to be set free. Help me find this freedom today.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/18/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:17 If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!

We love to twist scriptures to suit our own preference or desires. We love to utilize them to find ways to justify our actions and/or words. While we love to do this, it is unacceptable to God for us to simply justify our actions and/or words in this manner. There is a correct way to live, and that conforms with the teachings of the Bible. Within this way, there will be no justification for sinful actions. When we accept Christ as our Savior, He opens our hearts to the understanding of our sins, and this understanding should cause us to change. For if it doesn’t, have we really accepted Him and His ways within our lives.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me change my life so it becomes what You expect.

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2/17/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.

There is always a right way to do things, a right way to see things through to fruition, even within the church. Paul demonstrates this as we read today’s scripture reference. Through a revelation, he was made aware of a problem; but the manner in which he approached this problem shows the amount of concern he possessed for the health of the church. Paul did not jump out in front of everyone with words of accusation. Instead, he went to the perceived leaders and shared what God had put on his heart. He did this so they would understand his motives, so they would see his concern for the church. When we approach conflict, we must do it in a way that does not make it appear that we have personal motives or something personal to gain. We must approach it from the guise of concern for those involved and for the church as a whole. Those involved, those observing from the outside, must be able to know we are trying to seek God’s will for the situation.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me walk into conflict with the right heart and mind, so in the end, the situation is rectified and You are glorified.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/15/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Paul was astonished that the church in Galatia was turning from the truth of the gospel, the truth that they had come to, at one point, cherish. He did not believe their desertion of the gospel had come at their own decision, but instead he believed that it came from the deception of false teachers. Paul grieved into the depths of his soul. His heart ached for them and the path that they had begun to walk. Paul’s concern was for their future, their eternal future. How often have we ached for the misguidance of others? Many Christians worry about themselves more often than they do any other person. They might talk about the wrong direction this person or that group might have gone, but more often than not they choose not to get involved. This attitude is incorrect. As Christians, our hearts should ache for those who have gone astray, for those who have turned away from the truth of the gospel. If no one shows concern, what will happen to the one who has taken a wrong turn? We must seek to share the truth. We must seek to demonstrate how to live for Jesus, and we must show them that we care about their eternal destination.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me show concern for the misguidance of others. Help me show them that I care about their eternal placement.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski