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Like Mike, I was touched by Jesus going off alone to pray. I have been doing that more often these days and it has brought me closer to Jesus. The thoughts on our words and what they can do caused me to think of the writing about the tounge in James (which we will all get to later on this year).

In Christ:


Leviticus 14:1-57

As I read the beginning of this chapter, I heard the words, “Weren’t ten cleansed?” These are the Words of Jesus after ten men who had leprosy were sent to the Temple to show themselves to the priests in Jerusalem. The text states (Luke 17:11-19) that the men with leprosy were healed as they went, so all were healed. Yet one man, a non-Jew, a foreigner, returned to Jesus after seeing that he had been healed and worshiped, 15 Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; (AMP). Instead of sending him back on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus sent him on his way because he gave glory to God.

Reading this text in Leviticus, one can see how “expensive” it would be to be healed, purified, and cleansed. The ten men were beggars and may not have had the income to purchase what was required to be made ritually clean. However, Jesus released that one man from the burden of the requirements of the Law. Again words spoken by Jesus come to my thoughts, words spoken to the religious leaders who believed they held the “way” to righteousness, ” 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8 NIV)

The remainder of chapter fourteen is very personal to me. In December from the first through the tenth, the inside walls of my two bedroom apartment, as well as the inside exterior walls were taken down because I had mold within the walls of my apartment. I know what it feels like to be displaced while your home is being “gut” renovated while everything you own is still inside. I know what it feels like to have practically every upholstered piece of furniture thrown out because there is too much dust from the demolition and the fear that the mold has spread to everything.

I went from a horrified fear to acceptance and thankfulness, I understood the passage in the book of Romans that states, “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.”(Romans 12:2) The word translated “renewing” also means, renovation, complete change for the better. I recognized that my “apartment” experience had a real life application. As we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds, we may not even be able to live in ourselves because the walls are being taken down, even the sinks and the toilet.
Mark 6:30-56
“32 They left by boat for a quieter spot. 33 But many people saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and met them as they landed.”

All I can say is “folks” gotta be running real fast to outrun a boat by passing rocky terrain. It would be such a blessing to see people pursue God with the same fervor that they pursue the world.

Psalm 40:1-10
Waiting, waiting patiently, waiting without crying out to God, “Where are you,” takes a deep abiding faith and trust in God. It takes assurance and a knowing that God will do what He says He will do. I have barley arrived to the place where I know that there is a God but my heart’s desire is to be as confident as David and state boldly, “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

Proverbs 10:11-12

The words that the godly speak may not seem godly when those words are spoken. I believe most of the time the words that lead to life cut through the pride, arrogance and greed of our lives, which are painful cuts. Some words “dung it”(Luke 13:8), to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls (Strongs’ Concordance), casing aside and loosening the soil of our lives preparing our hearts to receive the incorruptible seed that is the Word of God.

Grace and peace,

I cannot help but read Psalm 40 without remembering my concert days in 80's...

It was such a thrill as a new Christian to sing a psalm at a rock concert:-)

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