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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,
Ramona

The verse from Proverbs, although short, is another good reminder that I should obey my parents and honor them. The Bible mentions honoring our parents many times, like in Ephesians, the Ten Commandments, and more in Proverbs. We shouldn't despise our parents when they are old because they are wise and have experience. I hope I remember this in the future.

What stood out to me in this passage was when Paul mentioned that even if you accept circumcision, it does not mean that you are saved, and Christ will be no advantage for you if you do not have trust God with all your heart.I also saw that Paul talked about how Christ set us free, by being crucified, so that we may stand firm and not be hindered. Hopefully this will teach us a little more about faith and the freedom the Lord our God gives us.

It is great to know that we don't have to do all these things like circumcision and other things in Jewish law to be with God. The people who try to convince us otherwise are pulling us away from God.

After I read today's passage in Galatians, I now know for sure that Christians are not to be circumcised as long because of our faith in Jesus. God is one who wants our faith to be shown through love, not through physical signs. This reminded me that when we love God and others, that demonstrates our faith in Him. Today's verses also touched on the topic of freedom of sin. There are times where I chose not to live in the freedom of sin and indulge in temptations instead. But it makes no sense to give up this gift that Jesus paid for on the cross. Consecrating our life is a something we have to chose to do every moment. I pray God will help me to give up these sins to live for Him.

What struck me most today was the Lord’s rebuke of the Israelites lack of trust in Him in times of distress. They relied on their resources and allies more than they sought after Him. But often time in our desperation, it is the struggle between fighting the urge to put out the fire by our might or simply staying in quiet waiting upon Him that reveals the depth of our faith.

Today's passage, specifically verse 5: "For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope," reminded me that God has a plan for us. If I faithfully follow God and ask for directions, he will lead me. When I go through hardships and disappointments, sometimes I forget that God has a plan for me, so I hope to trust God and believe in his plans even through the hard times.

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