Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 89/260: Read Galatians 5

What is the best way to defeat an enemy? Have you ever heard the phrase, “divide and conquer”? It is the idea that you can more easily control and rule smaller groups than one larger concentration of power. Traditionally, the concept is attributed to Philip II of Macedon, and the execution of the idea was seen in the rules of Julius Caesar in Rome and French emperor Napoleon.

Do you know who else utilizes the “divide and conquer” strategy? None other than Satan. When strife rears its ugly head in the church of our Lord and congregations fight and split apart, Satan has successfully divided and conquered.

Paul reminds us of this in the letter to the Galatians. “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”

How you treat your brother and sister in Christ is a reflection of your desire for unity in the kingdom. Are you biting and devouring? Or are you fulfilling the law, summed up thusly: “You shall love your neighbors as yourself”?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with __________; it is no longer I who live, but Christ __________ in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who __________ me and gave Himself for me.

Pray

Pray for unity among the brethren in the work of the Lord and in the fight against Satan.

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