Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Galatians 6 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Galatians 6:6

One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 

 


The spiritual warfare going on right now is intense and heavy all the way around. As I was praying this morning, God reminded me of a group of people often overlooked and taken for granted, those being our pastors and teachers. As I have started my journey in ministry, I was surprised at the weight and responsibility I face on a day-to-day basis for the 4 men in our house right now. Don’t get me wrong; I love it and embrace it willingly and wouldn’t trade my job for anything, but it got me thinking, “If it’s this heavy with 4 men, what would it be like with 40 or 400?”

 

I want to say thank you to all my pastor, preacher, and teacher friends out there who have tirelessly carried the Word of God and to encourage each of you to pray for your pastors, inquire how they are holding up, and how their family is and give them feedback on their sermons and teachings. Give em an “amen” or a “hallelujah“ and let’s encourage and love on them the way they do for so many of us!!!

 

One thing that stuck out to me praying this morning is that most people call their pastor when things go south or tragedy strikes, but when things are good, they might not hear from us. That means they spend more time in our valleys and not so much on our mountaintops!!! That can get real heavy, and it’s up to us as the Body of Christ to edify, encourage, and love on them as they edify, encourage, and love on us!!!

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God!!!

 

 

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

 

Persevere; you never know what’s around the corner or just how close to your breakthrough you are. For me, the times I have had to dig in and lean into Christ more have brought about the biggest breakthroughs in my life and the lives of those around me. It’s in these weak or weary moments that I truly surrender and allow God to carry me through.

 

I think about the look on Moses’ face when God tells him to stretch out his hand, (reference to Christ, by the way) and part the Red Sea. There were a million different ways around the situation, but God didn’t want them going around it; He wanted them to go through it. I imagine the Israelites were tired, scared, anxious, and wished God would just strike the Egyptians down so that they could rest. But God had other ideas. His message was, “Keep going, keep persevering, and your faith and hard work will pay off. It may be tiresome and burdensome, but so many will believe in Me because of this!!!”

 


Maybe you’re standing at the edge of your Red Sea. It’s big, it’s daunting, it’s scary, but God is saying, “Persevere and trust Me; I got this.” We have no idea who is watching us to see how we will react or what seeds will be planted by our choices. Your perseverance could turn into the deliverance of someone you love!!! You have the choice: you can give up or give it up to God!!!

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!

 

 

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

Yesterday was my first day off in about 2 weeks, and my dad called me and asked if I could help him with a few things. Of course, I agreed, but I definitely didn’t have the right heart behind it. I was tired, I was selfish, I wanted to be lazy. So, I called mom and she encouraged me and reminded me to honor God with it and everything I do. So, I prayed something close to this: “I am dedicating the day to You, Lord. Let my words and actions bring You glory and show Your love! Strengthen and guide me!!”

 

So, dad and I set out, and on our way to our first destination, he starts asking me questions about Jesus and what I thought about this or that in the Bible. Then, the Holy Spirit took over and started talking through me, and Dad’s whole attitude changed from the last time we talked about the Lord. Instead of resistance, there was inquisitiveness and a thirst to know more. By the end of the car ride, Dad was almost in tears and is going to church with me Sunday!!!! Thank You, Jesus!!!

 

I say all that to encourage someone out there to never give up. Persevere!!! God is the one who has softened my dad’s heart and is drawing him in, but God is using my life as one of the ways to do it. My dad has observed and dealt with more things than any father should have to. So, when he sees me surrendering to Christ and truly making a decision to serve the Lord and forsake my old life, it spoke to him. It’s not Stephen that he is drawn to but rather Jesus in Stephen that is attractive and worth running after. When the people around you see your perseverance in the Lord, it will speak to them more than any number of words ever could!!!

 

Be bold, Be changed, Be resilient, Be humble, and most importantly, Be more like Jesus Christ every day!!!

 

I love you all, God bless, Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!

 

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