by Stan Coffey

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Celebrate Who You Are (2 of 7)
Stan Coffey
Galatians 3:1-6

1. A little boy was sleeping one night when he had a bad dream and fell out of bed and hit his head. He came into his mother's room crying and she said, "What's wrong?" He said, "I fell out of bed and hit my head." She said, "What made you do that?" He said, "I stayed too close to where I got in."

2. This truly is the problem with many Christians – unsuccessful in the Christian life because they "stay too close to where they got in." Therefore, they do not grow in grace, number one, or number two, they go back into legalism after being saved by grace.

3. Let me give you a little test today. Do you feel guilty when you take time off and do nothing productive? Do you feel discontent with your circumstances in life? Do you have a tendency to see something wrong with things before you see something right? Do you feel frustrated or even angry at God because you feel He has set impossible standards for you to meet? Does your relationship to God seem like more of a burden than a blessing?

4. If you can answer yes to any of these questions you may have fallen into the trap of legalism as the Galatians did. Legalism is trying to prove your worth by your performance, living out of a false self that you have built around you by doing good works to impress other people or measuring your worth to God by trying to be perfect.

5. I believe that legalism is the number one trap into which dedicated Christians fall and it robs us of who we are in Christ and steals the joy for the Christian life.

6. In Galatians 3:3, Paul said, "You began your life in Christ by the spirit, now are you trying to make it complete by your own power?

7. The most miserable person on earth is not an unsaved person, but a saved person trying to please God through legalism or perfectism. When we first are saved, we understand it was by grace through faith and there was nothi ...

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