Do Not Give In- Devotional- Anthony Iovino

Posted: May 7, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies

DO NOT GIVE IN

 

DEVOTIONAL

ANTHONY IOVINO

11-26-08

 

Galatians 2:4-5

“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.”

Paul was well trained by the Holy Spirit to recognize false brothers who would continually try to creep in and cause disorder and dissention by introducing false heretical teachings about Christ.  Paul was free from the Law in the sense that through the Law the grace of God was made known to him.  These false brothers who had infiltrated Paul’s ranks were zealous to get those who had placed their faith and trust in Christ to fallback to the restrictions of the law.  Paul and his followers knew they were no longer bound by the Law; therefore they made their stand for the Gospel- the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! They did not give in to them for a moment- (v.5), in order that the truth would prevail.

The church today needs to operate the same way as the forces of evil make a great offensive to destroy, degrade and disfigure everything Christian.  We need not give in to them.  In fact, we need to operate like a well trained military operation and advance the cause of the Gospel Message.  Our teaching and preaching must be based on biblical truths, because evil cowers in the face of truth, which is Jesus Christ- King of Kings and Lord of Lords!  There will always be infiltrators and false brothers among us, but they should not stop us from marching forward.

Think of where the church would be today if Paul and his followers would have backed down and retreated.  Think of where we would be if these false teachings would have been permitted to “water down” the Gospel.  Where would we be today?  We would be in a world spiraling out of control with nothing to hold on to or hope for.  How then should we react today when faced with persecutions, factions, infiltrators and all who oppose anything Christian?

“We should not give in for a moment, so that the truth of the Gospel might remain with you.”  (v.5)

 

Take some time out today and pray for all those who are actively trying to destroy Christianity.  Pray that their unbelief turns to belief in the truth that is found in Jesus.

 

 

“A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

 

Devotional-Do Not Give In- A. Iovino 11-28-08

 

 

 

 

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