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Feb 24

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for a good night of sleep, and thank you that it is decently warm this morning, with the promise of sunshine today. Please help me follow you this day, please guide me in how to spend my time, and please help me be humble and teachable and willing to serve. Help me to let GO of any expectations or distracting desires, and just be grateful for what I have, right then in the moment. Please help my Mate with his struggles, and please be with each of my children and loved ones, to help them through their day as well. Amen.

Galatians 2:12-21 ERV

This is what happened: When Peter first came to Antioch, he ate and associated with the non-Jewish people. But when some Jewish men came from James, Peter separated himself from the non-Jews. He stopped eating with them, because he was afraid of the Jews who believe that all non-Jewish people must be circumcised. 
So Peter was a hypocrite. The other Jewish believers joined with him, so they were hypocrites too. Even Barnabas was influenced by what these Jewish believers did. 
They were not following the truth of the Good News. When I saw this, I spoke to Peter in front of everyone. I said, “Peter, you are a Jew, but you don’t live like one. You live like someone who is not a Jew. So why are you trying to force those who are not Jewish to live like Jews?” 
We are Jews by birth. We were not born “sinners,” as we call those who are not Jews. 
But we know that no one is made right with God by following the law. It is trusting in Jesus Christ that makes a person right with God. So we have put our faith in Christ Jesus, because we wanted to be made right with God. And we are right with him because we trusted in Christ—not because we followed the law. I can say this because no one can be made right with God by following the law. 
We Jews came to Christ to be made right with God, so it is clear that we were sinners too. Does this mean that Christ makes us sinners? Of course not. 
But I would be wrong to begin teaching again those things that I gave up. 
It was the law itself that caused me to end my life under the law. I died to the law so that I could live for God. I have been nailed to the cross with Christ. 
So I am not the one living now—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He is the one who loved me and gave himself to save me. 
I am not the one destroying the meaning of God’s grace. If following the law is how people are made right with God, then Christ did not have to die. 

Lord Jesus, please help me to trust in you more completely. Help me to cast aside everything else I can trust in, hope in, or rely upon, and instead build my reliance upon you. I accept that I may never be “right” with the world or with the fast food churches of the modern culture. I accept that I may forever live in poverty, always having what I NEED, but always going without some things I think I need but are only just empty desires. I know that you are ENOUGH — I need nothing else. Help me to LIVE LIKE I BELIEVE this day. Help me to be humble and not let my temper flare. Help me to allow YOU to defend me, and not try to defend myself. Give me eyes to see, that I may remember your Word and find my way through any dark spots this day. Amen. 🙂


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