Living by Faith
Galatians 5:1-15
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.

What is the best way to live for God?  The answer: Daily! We must determine to live for God by faith on a daily basis.
 
Living by faith involves standing fast in Christ.  Galatians 5:1-4: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”  “Stand” is in the present tense which means to keep on standing and do not add or take away from what Jesus Christ has done for us.  Liberty in Christ makes it possible to live for God and serve Him. Legalism leads to yokes of bondage to a religious or worldly system.
 
Living by faith involves remaining focused.  Galatians 5:5: “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” Our focus must be on Christ, not on what others are doing or on what we can control here.  Failure to focus on Christ leads to discouragement, disillusion, and deception.
 
Living by faith involves the work of love.  Galatians 5:6: “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”  Faith is a personal trust and commitment to Christ.  Love does not change our faith but is a manifestation of a living faith.  Love gives faith a place to operate.  If love does not surface as a result of our faith in Christ, our faith might be in the wrong source.  I John 4:7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”  Love describes the way a believer conducts himself.
 
Living by faith involves obedience to the truth. Galatians 5:7: “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”  Living for God is a daily process.  It is a way of life.  Romans 12:1-2:  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
 
Living by faith involves cleaning house.  Galatians 5:8-12: “This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”  We need to remove those things from our lives that keep us from God.  Paul warns us about false teachers who introduce false doctrines into the church (verse 8).  False doctrines (“a little leaven”) can work slowly and silently from within until the whole church is changed (verse 9).  False teachers will trouble you (verse 10) and lie (verse 11), but they will eventually be cut off (verse 12).
 
Christ has given us liberty that we might love Him, live by faith, and serve others.  Galatians 5:13-15: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”