FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Scripture: Galatians 4:16-20
Galatians 4:16-20 states, “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.” Do we actually become an enemy when we speak truth? I have had that experience in a number of places where the truth God gives finds no receptive ear to hear. In order to discount the Word, people must find fault and accuse the emissary. Galatians 4:19 tells us that Paul labored a second time in birth until Christ was formed. Isn’t it interesting that, spiritually speaking, there is a labor for the actual formation of Christ in us? Truth must be assimilated while error is rejected. Just because we attend church does not mean that Christ is formed in us! When Christ is formed in us, He is Lord! That takes a distinct labor for a specific goal. Until that process is complete, God may well have doubts about us and our willingness to walk with Him into the fullness of what He has. When God has doubts, we hear about it by the messages He sends!