Prayer Challenge

I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.

“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:7

...was entrusted to me, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter...

  • as the preaching of the gospel to the Jews was committed to Peter, and not to him only, but to James and John. 
  • It must not be so understood, as if Paul might not preach to the Jews, or Peter might not preach to the Gentiles, for the contrary is evident from Acts 9:15, as to Paul, and from Peter’s preaching to Cornelius, Acts 10:1-48
  • God designed the Gentiles to be more especially the province for Paul to exercise his ministry in, Acts 26:17, and accordingly he was specially sent out by the church, Acts 13:3
  • Peter’s chief work was among the Jews.         adapted from Matthew Poole's Commentary at

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Verse of the Week: Galatians 2:6

  •  Though Paul conversed with the other apostles, yet he did not receive any addition to his knowledge, or authority, from them. 
  • Perceiving the grace given to Paul, they gave to him and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, whereby they acknowledged that he was designed to the honor and office of an apostle as well as themselves. 
  • They agreed that these two should go to the heathen, while they continued to preach to the Jews; judging it agreeable to the mind of Christ, so to divide their work. 
  • Here we learn that the gospel is not ours, but God's; and that men are but the keepers of it; for this, we are to praise God. 
adapted from Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary at 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:5

Memorizing an entire book of the Bible is a daunting task at which I am not succeeding.
However, this is NOT a failure because I am staying immersed in the Word of God. This immersion in the word is helping me to deepen my spiritual roots and I am sure Jesus is happy about that!

Additionally, I find myself speaking from the Bible as naturally as I breathe air. I don't mean I am quoting scripture, I'm not. What I am doing is speaking sentences and phrases from the Bible. I may not be quoting it, but the parts I have read and reread are appearing in my thoughts and speech automatically. I don't know how else to explain it. Is this as clear as mud?
Today I reread my study Bible's introduction to Galatians and Galatians 1:1 - 2:5. 
  • In these verses, Paul makes the point that the truth of the gospel is free. Salvation is not earned, it is free. 
  • If anyone shouldn't have been able to be forgiven, it was Paul because of his persecution of Jesus' followers.
  • Jesus paid the price for all mankind. 
  • Paul received the gospel from God, not man and he had to be bold in proclaiming it.
  • The apostles he met in Jerusalem didn't disagree with him. The trouble was being caused by false followers who slipped into the church and gave the appearance of holiness. 
  • These false followers were also adding rules to the gospel of Jesus. There are no rules in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus' gospel is simple - admit to God that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus is the Son of God and receive his gift of forgiveness from sin. Confess your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:3-4

Paul shares that this was a crucial case because Titus was a Gentile.
In fact, Titus' parents were both Gentiles, unlike Timothy who had one Jewish parent and was therefore capable of being identified with the Jewish people. 

On the other hand, Titus was an uncircumcised Greek Gentile who was accompanying Paul and assisting in his ministry. 

"The "false brethren," Ga 2:4 ("certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed," Ac 15:5), demanded Titus' circumcision. The apostles, however, constrained by the firmness of Paul and Barnabas (Ga 2:5), did not compel or insist on his being circumcised. Thus they virtually sanctioned Paul's course among the Gentiles and admitted his independence as an apostle: the point he desires to set forth to the Galatians." Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Paul brought Titus about with him as a living example of the power of the Gospel upon the uncircumcised heathen.   Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Monday, March 26, 2018

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:2

I went in response to a revelation 
  • Paul states this is, to show that he had not received the gospel from human beings. 
  • He is careful, therefore, to state that he went up by the express command of God. 
  • He did not go up to receive instructions from the apostles there in regard to his own work, but he went to submit an important question pertaining to the church at large. 

Meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders
  • Paul made a private explanation of his motives and views, so that they might understand it before it became a matter of public discussion. 
  • The point on which Paul made this private explanation was not whether the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles, for upon that they had no doubt after the revelation to Peter Acts 10; but whether the rites of the Jews were to be imposed on the Gentile converts. 
  • Paul explained his views and his practice on that point, which were that he did not impose those rites on the Gentiles; that he taught that people might be justified without their observance; and that they were not necessary in order to salvation.

I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.
  •  He stated fully the principles on which he acted; the nature of the gospel which he taught; and his doctrine about the exemption of the Gentiles from the obligations of the Law of Moses. 
  • He thus satisfied them in regard to his views of the gospel; and showed them that he understood the system of Christianity which had been revealed. 
  • The result was, that they had entire confidence in him, and admitted him to entire fellowship with them; Galatians 2:9.
I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.
  • Paul feared that if he did not lay the case before them privately, they would not understand it.
  • Others might misrepresent him and when the case came before the assembled apostles and elders, a decision might be adopted which would go to prove that he had been entirely wrong in his views, 
  • In order to secure a just decision, and one which would not hinder his future usefulness, he had sought this private interview, and thus his object was gained.
adapted from the Barnes Notes on the Bible for Galatians 2:2