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Mike, you are so right on it about setting yourself apart from the world! We are the body of Christ. We are His vessel. In order for Him to work in us and through us, we have to be aware of what our spirit leads us to do and stay committed on the journey with Christ. Just this past week, I started feeling a call to change and alter my schedule daily, and first things first, to start it off again, "early" with God! I committed and got "on board" again if you might say that, to early rising, like at 4 am or 4:30 and got lots of God time in and my day was completely changed and blessed beyond all I could say, think, or ask. Does everyone have to recommit that strongly to have a breakthrough? I don't think so, but I do believe it is whatever the Lord places on your heart to change, its the little things that matter. Like you said the R rated movies, replacing with Life changing movies, or watching less tv in general. I personally don't watch those R movies in a "long"!! time either. I for one have small kids and so when they were born, we centered our movies around their eyes and ears could handle, G rated and such, I used to love horror movies, now I look back and wonder what was I thinking? I don't get the reason behind me liking something so fake but something so terrifying to give me nightmares?? such death and tragedy in a flick? I don't think my spirit should be submitted to that. Anyway, the whole bottom line is Seek the Lord with All your heart and all your soul(Deut 4:29), with All diligence(Prov 4:23), from out of the abundance of your heart will flow the well springs of Life(prov 4:23)! and Life more abundantly! God Bless Each and Everyone on this Blog! ~~DeeDee

The psalmist David has said, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me” - Psalm 101:3. Upon reading this, I immediately think of today’s movies, television and the internet. There are things out there we should not be looking at; but it is so easy to justify and rationalize what we look at even in our own homes; what we take into our hearts and minds. Something to really think about!

Our God is a holy God, would He be pleased; I don’t think so.
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” -Psalm 119:37

Allow me to paraphrase Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—set your eyes upon such things.

Leviticus 20:26 You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

It is only when we are different from the world that we can help those in the world. Sometimes I don’t feel as different from the world as I know I should be, sometimes I cling to the fact that each morning is fresh and new with His mercy. Each day I have a chance to start again with new hope and put behind me all of things that I didn’t do the way I should have. God’s mercy is wonderful and it’s fresh and new every morning.

I like the movie Ground Hog’s Day, the premise of the movie is that the main character is stuck in the same day which repeats itself over and over again, day after day until one day he lives that day to the fullest, unselfishly giving himself in service to others instead of living for himself.

We cannot help, but be set apart if we truly love our neighbors as ourselves, give others our other cheeck, and raise up those who are down. The person that wishes you bad, wish them good, the person who is different and seems weird love and lift up.

If we have Gods eyes our life will be very different. WOW.

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