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Numbers 33:40-35:34
51 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them: `When you cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the people living there. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines. …55 But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live. 56 And I will do to you what I had planned to do to them.' "

God wants us to be in the world but not of the world, we are to be salt and light in a dead and dying world yet I find being in the world but not of the world a difficult task to navigate. I know that you can be amongst people yet be detached from them and you can be separated from people yet be attached to them. What is the ‘key’ in walking this walk like Jesus? When Jesus was around sinners they were converted to seeing life from God’s point of view. He definitely wasn’t converted to their lifestyle. And that is the dilemma I find myself in how to be amongst the world yet not take on the lifestyle of the world.

Luke 5:12-28

17 … And the Lord's healing power was strongly with Jesus.

Jesus was in a room full of people and the text says that there were some religious teachers and some Pharisees (Far-to-sees) sitting near by who came from every conceivable town and village in Galilee and Judea. What ever their personal reason for coming to hear Jesus, no one in that room was sick except the guy whose friends put him through the roof or where they? Now the paralyzed men’s friends I see them from two different perspectives neither may be right. They either loved their friend so much that they wanted him to be healed so that he can live a productive life. Or they may have wanted him to be healed because they had to carry him around. Hmmm.

I can’t believe that everyone in that room, except for the man who made an entrance through a hole in the roof, was walking in Divine Health. Everywhere that Jesus went people were calling out, falling out and shouting out to be healed, he even touched and healed a man with leprosy. So what’s up with this group? One thing for sure these guys had so much pride that they wouldn’t dare submit their sick bodies to the healing touch of Jesus. Today, even today, many fail to submit sick bodies; sick souls to Jesus even after seating in a room watching others get healed. Pride will kill ya!

Psalm 65:1-13
1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you,
…3 Though our hearts are filled with sins,
you forgive them all.

How often do we feel inadequate, ashamed, undeserving to come to Jesus, yet the Sweet Psalmist of Israel gives us an encouragement to praise God through our inadequacies because He has the power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness after He has forgiven us of all our sins.
Proverbs 11:23

This Proverb is another way of saying, “We Reap what we Sow.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Mike:
I just wanted to say thanks! Every morning I read the 1 Year Bible study (on line) and then turn to the blog. Your cometary reviews what I have just read and enriches it. Often I follow one of your links to the Bible Org.

Just wanted to say thanks for your time and efforts to bless so many others, including my self.

I found it interesting about the degree they went to in expelling murder(ers). In Numbers 32-34, And never accept a ransom payment from someone who has fled to a city of refuge, allowing a slayer to return to his property before the death of the high priest. This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder. You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel. Have we ever thought about the murderers in the country and how they affect the world in which we live in. We live in a very flourished and rich country and are blessed in a number of ways, however, when disaster hits in the most flourishing areas of our world, it makes you think..alot of people cry out and wander where God is in these situations..then it makes you want to look back at these verses above. Where murder and sin is abundant, and people are becoming as those of Sodom and Gomorrah, how can God look upon and save a group of people or nation who don't want to be saved and are polluting the area with crime, mayhem, and sin! It's one of those hmmm..thoughts to ponder on..

Luke 5, it is funny how other people will be talking in parrelel with what you are reading for the day, because I just got through listening to Taffi Dollar speaking of the same message on the man who was afflicted with palsy getting lowered through the roof of someone's house and Jesus "saw" the faith of his friends.. and healed him. She was using the words from Mark 2 on it however it coorelates todays message, I do think that is awesome when friendship is so strong and at the times when we are the weakest we have a friend and their faith to help us endure to the finish line. I have a good friend like that who went with me to all my appointments following my surgery for my eyes and she was a great encouragement when I was weak..we do need friends like that in our life when times get too hard to bare..and we just need that "little Jesus boost" from them and their surge of energy to get our faith back where it should

Psalm is very pretty today..It speaks of how God answers our prayers, You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds..Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders..it makes me think of that song..God of Wonders, reveal your majesty, you are Holy!!Holy!!!

anyway,,I am with Ramona on the proverb 11:23, it does tie into you reap what you sow..theres only two choices in life..serve the God of Heaven and Earth, the Lord of our Creation, or by default you are serving the devil..its that easy!!

Be Blessed~~DeeDee

28And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

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