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But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will respond instantly to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and affliction for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes,
and you will hear a voice say, "This is the way; turn around and walk here."
Then you will destroy all your silver idols and gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags. "Ugh!" you will say to them. "Begone!"


until at last the Spirit is poured down upon us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will become a lush and fertile forest.
Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.
And this righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever.
My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.
God will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their flocks and herds will graze in green pastures.

So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law.

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace.
But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive everything promised to us who are right with God through faith.
For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are circumcised or not circumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

There have been people who have developed a wrong idea from Galatians 5:1 – “don't get tied up again in slavery to the law.”

Some people then develop the idea of “antinomianism”—which means “anti obedience to God’s Law, to God’s Word.”

We cannot call ourselves Christians if we are not going to obey.
“If you love Me, you will obey Me,” is what Jesus said in John 14:15.

I John 2:3 – 6 (Amplified)
And this is how we may discern [daily, by experience] that we are coming to know Him [to perceive, recognize, understand, and become better acquainted with Him]: if we keep (bear in mind, observe, practice) His teachings (precepts, commandments).
Whoever says, I know Him [I perceive, recognize, understand, and am acquainted with Him] but fails to keep and obey His commandments (teachings) is a liar, and the Truth [of the Gospel] is not in him.
But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:
Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.


In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE KEY TO ALL OF THE TREASURES—favor and blessing in this life and in the next. Do we want God’s favor to accomplish God’s will? Then we—then I—need to be committed to sharing the Gospel and fulfilling His will!

Because all of God’s riches are spiritual—since God is Spirit. And they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

We obey because we do not want to offend the loving heart of the Father.

I really like Martin Luther’s comment on Galatians 5:6

- “To think, ‘If faith
justifies without works,
let us work nothing,’ is
to despise the grace of

- Idle faith is not
justifying faith.

- In this terse manner Paul
presents the whole life
of a Christian.
* Inwardly
it consists in faith
towards God,
* outwardly
love towards our fellow-


Isaiah 30:12-33:9

We are the Spiritual Israel and what was written in the Old Testament was written to be an example for us, both to do and or not do (1 Cor. 10:6,11). Let us not fall into the trap of thinking that these warnings to Israel and the Nations were for the folks back then. No, God has left Case Studies in His Word of actions and consequences so we, if wise, will not fall into the same traps that Israel did. May we read study and pay attention. Let us join the Psalmist David when he wrote,

Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God. (Psalms 20:7 AMP)

Galatians 5:1-12

Although not quite the same, Paul also picks-up on the theme of relying only on the Lord, through Jesus Christ. It seems it is so difficult for us humans to understand “grace”, much less accept the Grace of Christ. We try to do everything we can to earn our Salvation except just receive it.

Father may everyone who reads this days New Testament scripture receive a revelation of what Your Grace means. In Jesus’ glorious name. Amen

Psalm 63:1-11

When reading the first verse of this Psalm,

O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.

I was reminded of how we substitute sugar-filled drinks, alcohol beverages to try to quench our thirsts; however, sugar and alcohol both cause our bodies to become thirstier which we then try to quench by drinking more sugar filled drinks or throw back more beers or wine coolers further fueling our need to quench our thirsts. The only true thirst quencher for our bodies is water.

So too all the things we try to use to quench our spiritual thirst. If it ain’t God then it will never satisfy. Most of us never find that out because we and not self-aware or either we are self-deceived and not aware that our thirst is only getting worse the more we try to fill up on anything that is not God.

Proverbs 23:22

I just received a revelation concerning this Proverb. When I would read anything like this particular Proverb I would read it very, very fast. My cry to God would be, “God you know every parent is not right. A lot of people who have children are just out and out crooks. This Proverb to my surprise is not saying what I thought it was saying, to do everything your parents say, even if it is evil and corrupt.

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.

Listening is not doing and if I despise my mother’s experiences when she is old just because they may be born out of wickedness then I will possibly fall into the same trap and thus the same lifestyle I’m trying to escape from, because I’ve failed to examine her bad choices. If I do not examine her choices, I will not know the warning signs when they come my way and probably become ensnared in the same lifestyle.

Grace and peace,

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