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Grace Hindrances, Part 2

By Dan Moose

Grace is what every person needs.  Without grace, no one can be saved, nor can anyone walk in the fullness of a transformed life in Jesus Christ.  Grace is God’s unmerited transforming Dan cropped 4.13power working in and through us by the Holy Spirit.  God’s grace is a saving grace that also transforms and empowers us to live God-pleasing lives.  We realize how desperately we need God’s grace but what keeps us from living in the fullness of grace?  What makes us ‘grace challenged’ or steals our grace as followers of Jesus?

Legalism is a very common ‘grace destroyer’ or ‘grace challenger.’  It is older than Christianity itself.  In fact, legalism is one reason the religious leaders of Jesus time could not accept Him as the Son of God, the Messiah.  Jesus did not keep the Scriptures to their accepted standards.  Paul deals with legalism in the book of Galatians because it was being taught that to be a follower of Jesus one must not only trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior but must also keep the law according to the religious leaders standards.  Galatians 5:4 states, “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”  When one is caught up in legalism the Scriptures say that they are in a precarious way, alienated from Christ or have fallen away from grace.  Scary!!!!   Yet legalism is so pervasive in the church and so destructive to the body of Jesus Christ.

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