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I would just emphasize that He said, 'I am the Lord, I am God.' I think we would do well to listen to Him.

These 2 verses really hit me today in Leviticus 19--
15 " 'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

People often lean so far "right" or "left" politically that they favor the rich or favor the poor. We are called on to judge fairly, regardless of position!

17 " 'Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.

This is a challenge. Rather than holding onto a grudge or a judgment against someone, we are supposed to rebuke the person frankly and face the conflict honestly, otherwise we share in their guilt. Wow.

I can't wait to read "How to spell Holy" from the link you gave! Holines is something I struggle with lately also."Be Holy because I am Holy" - In the place I am right now in my walk with God, I don't "feel" like I can be Holy enough. Does that make sense? I also think I'm still having a bit of an issue with the Grace thing. I get it in my head, but can't seem to get out of the "I have to do something to get something" mode. Grace is FREE...the price has been paid...I get it all in my head, but for some reason it's stuck there. I refuse to give up though - my freedom is in Jesus and it's coming! Jesus won't leave us the way we are, He keeps changing us so I know my victory is coming soon!

"What is providing your identity in your life today? Do you think it is possible that your identity could simply be found in Jesus? Do you want this to be the case?
.....I think for me that this changes - not that it should - but sometimes my identity is in Jesus, but sometimes I get off track and it does come from other stuff. Like the readings from yesterday about squandering our money - I have for many years found my identity in the things I had. I think Mae mentioned lots of brand names of clothing that pretty much covered it! I too had to have the newest, latest styles ... and I love shoes! hahahahahaha! But now, because of some of those actions, my husband is in a job that keeps him away from home all but 4 days out of each month - we need his salary (and mine) to pay our debt...FOOLISH! We have and are taking drastic measures in our life right now to change this. We both want Jesus to be our identity - not our jobs, or how much stuff or money we have. Just Jesus - - So yes, I believe our identity can be simply found in Jesus alone.

What stood out for me in Mark is where the disciples are kind of freaking out because they forgot the bread...how quickly they forgot who they are with!! Jesus has to remind them of what he did before with the loaves and fish...I know I do the same thing at times! I forget just how BIG our God is and I go into panic mode! What a great reminder that I God is always in control and I am safe as long as I have Him in me!

About correction - well, I hate being corrected but since I've been saved, I've learned that it is such a good thing! Correction from God is good - He always deals with me personally before He "goes public" (haha) - I'm thankful for that! There are many times in my life that I ignored correction - however, I'm learning to listen to Him more and heed His correction. It's so much easier to do life the way Jesus wants us to - so much easier!

I love what you wrote Gina - He always deals with me personally before He "goes public" ... I know exactly what you mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord for that, eh?

Mark was very powerful today!
Verse 8:33 stood out for me "Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” ~ I mean ... wow, when was the last time Jesus called you satan??? Yikes ... This tells me to trust 100% in Jesus Christ. Follow His path and instructions! Don't get scared, don't get insecure, those are signs that satan is trying to run you over. Verse 34 "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me". ~ Pretty amazing and so clear ... I have to memorize this verse. You know, I do know it all ... I KNOW IT. But at times it seems so easy to be caught up in work and spending too much time with unsaved friends. Now I'm thinking of it, it's like I'm a baby save in it's play-pen with God watching over me, once in a while He's checking if I can handle myself outside of the play-pen ... but what do I do? Running towards the coffeetable, grab everything I get my hands on, run around the house, see if I can reach the candyjar which I can hardly reach, but yes ... I get it and BAMMMMMMM it falls right on my head and it hurts like crazy. And then overwhelmed in pain and guilt I look around if God is there to put me back in my play-pen, where it's save. Sometimes it feels that I get too much at once; the enemy attacks me and on every point he does. Work, my relatives and friends ... in every corner there's an attack and sometimes it's too hard to handle. And sometimes I look for Him too late to put me back in my play-pen. I must stop to look around, I must turn from my selfish ways, take up the cross and follow Him!
"If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it". (verse 35)

Today I'm on cloud 9 ... I'm smiling all day long and it seems like I slept with a hanger in my mouth. My dad was saved last night ... Praise the Lord!!! He's so good!!!!!! In a matter of 6 weeks time, my husband and my parents got saved. I'm so happy!!! For myself LOL AND for them! My father has Parkinson's Disease and I know God will help my dad. He's going to do wonderful things for my dad, I'm soooo sure!!!

What wonderful message today. It actually took me to Malachi 3:2-4, being put through the refiners fire... I am learning that what God is doing in our lives is a process... being the the impatient one I am, it is difficult for me to wait on the Lord, but I am learning and the rewards are great.

Thanks for posting this
God Bless

I am in the process of "accepting correction" right now - from the Holy Spirit... I know that if I don't accept it, I would be in the process of leading other astray. and that's one of the things I want LEAST in my whole life.
thank you Lord for leading me in Your ways!

and thank you,writer of the blog, for your insight! God bless you today!

I loved Psalms today, it really spoke to me. I am so weary and i just long for Him. He's all that matters. I'm desperately wanting to be with Him! To know Him more, to just dwell with Him.
As for identity, all I can think of in the question, who am I? I' am God's child. Made by Him and made for Him. Anything else I pursue is eternally worthless. Christ is in me and I belong to Him. My heart my soul my will, take it all. I have nothing but Christ and He is everything I need and more. Though i sorrow and am exhausted, my hope is in Him alone. God my king, save me from my troubled heart!

i'm like you gina, i hate being corrected. but i know theres sometimes that i need to be. but along with trying to be more open, i'm starting to listen all the way around. not just one area.
again, i loved psalms. it did however really bother me though how it said picture the deer running from the hunters, trying to escape death. one, i'm an animal rights activist. i truly love animals and am a vegetrian now. i can't stand the thought of an animal being hunted and also killed. but this reminds me of me. i have dreams where i'm being chased and have no where to go, just like the deer. i'm also tired and scared, and weary. but knowing now that god is there for me, and to protect me, i don't have them dreams of being chased like i once did. and boy do i know bout being in "dry" seasons. i've gotten so angry at god that for a while i shut him completely out. i was wrong for doing that and i feel bad about it.

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