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Hi guys!

I love the way that the scriptures throughout old and new testament coorelate so well. Just like in Leviticus and Mark it talks about holiness. Our level of holiness through God with the responsiveness and willingness of our self to "get" out of the way and allow Gods Way to carry out the diving purpose we have in our lives. And then in Mark the last verse about following Jesus and when he returns he and his holy angels of God will come for those who seek Him, that is awesome! Holy, Holy, Holy!! Love that old bible hymnal.. Also, I loved Mark 8 verse 17 and 18: "Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, "Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don't you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 'You have eyes-can't you see? You have ears-can't you hear? Don't you remember anything at all?"
--Doesn't that sound typical of us, as humans..here the disciples had Jesus, the Living Son of God right there in their midst and they didn't register in their head the miracles that just always "showed up" in their lives..God says that His Ways are not our ways, His Thoughts not our thoughts..we can't even imagine or fathom the possibilities that God and the windows of Heaven will open up if we just believe! Put our hope and trust in Him, the author and finisher of our faith. Wow!! God is Good!! God bless..deedee

Just die and you will live. Leviticus tells us how we die to our inner self - Love your neighbor as yourself, and then Christ calls, take up your cross and follow me.

I have heard these verses, believed and felt that I was, but everyday I understand more and more how dieing gives life.

Proverbs 10:17
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

The thought of leading others astray because we have ignored correction is a haunting thought. Yes, I believe this is true, we can ignore correction that comes from the Lord and build our model of reality but we will lead others astray and it will surely collapse when the Lord test it. We are rebellious by nature so discipline and listening to correction is not our natural default setting. We can look at discipline and correction a lot of different ways but it always seems to come back to the same place, the reality that we must relinquish our desire to run the show and submit ourselves to the authority of God. Until He is running the show, we are in error, the blind leading the blind.

I'm talking about my own context which is in Australia, and I live in an urban area. Around me I see that as Christians we don't like to administer correction because that would seem judgemental. Is that because the linkages in our Christian life are loose? Are our relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ developing above an interest in sports or meteorology? Correction used wisely is a life saving tool. When someone has given me correction, I have gone away and thought about it and it shows that someone cares about you, that they are willing to help you. I have to say that the 2nd part about influencing others and our responsibility for that was an eye opener.

God bless

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