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  • Writer's pictureKami Pentecost

Familiarity breeds comfort which is still bondage.

OK, I had to do some research today about Galatians. I had to look at the context for which this letter was written to the church in Galatia


Lets look at Galatians chapter 1 today. Please read them if you haven't already and then let's share together. I can't wait to hear how God spoke to you during your reading.


“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in 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.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬


The churches in Galatia were returning to the original covenant, the law if you will. It’s like when the Israelites were rescued out of Egypt. They often cried to go back into bondage rather than walk in the freedom that God so desperately wanted for them.


The church of Galatia was returning to the law rather than living with the truth of the gospel and God‘s grace.


Bondage is subtle, especially when we are dependent on certain behaviors or understand certain things we often return to what feels comfortable rather than embrace true freedom.


I am currently in a season of my life where I am learning to become free from old patterns, dysfunctional-family cycles, compulsive behaviors, and codependent relationships. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit that empowers me, instructs me, guides me, leads me and gives me power to do what I might not otherwise be able to do . It is also the Holy Spirit who delivers me from bondage and evil desires so I can live in love, joy, peace, and serenity.


I am learning a lot about bondage these days that’s for sure. I know the Holy Spirit would be unrecognizable without the Word. The more I read the Word the more I recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit.


I have a tendency to be a people pleaser for sure. Talk about bondage.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ ‭NIV‬‬


And there it is. The root of my problems; slavery to people pleasing.


Lord, it is my desire as a servant of yours, not to win the approval of people, but to put myself solely in a position that seeks to earn your approval!

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