GALATIANS‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‬‬

“Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.”

Galatians‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Humans are creatures of input. We are wired to receive and to execute ideas. Originally, we received God’s word in Eden. This was good and fulfilling because we were designed for that input. But the fall of man changed this. A major way in which this happens was the retiring of our discernment processes. Without God’s input, we could no longer live in his design. Christ came to undue that mess and restore that connection with his blood and sacrifice. And though the rewriting is complete, the confusion is left still. A major facet of Christian living is the struggle to alter our engrained misconceptions about God and the world, left from our sin based wiring. Unfortunately, many remain confused because they still use the principles of the world even after salvation. These were good when our wiring was wrong, but in the light of salvation, they are often inverted and damaging. This is why sanctification can be so confusing to many. But now that salvation’s rewiring has taken place, we can hear God once again. Unlike in Eden, we must now discern his voice. listen for his word and Spirit as they are present and not silent anymore. They clarify all things. Listen again.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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