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Apr 13

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for helping my head feel better, and helping me get enough exercise and art in yesterday. I think I am better able to concentrate on my work now than I have been in over a month — thank you so much! Father, I give to you my time and my mind. Use me for your will and purpose. Show me what you would have me to do and what I should NOT be wasting my time on. Thank you for what you have revealed already, helping me align my time spent with my priority values. Thank you for teaching me, Holy Spirit!!

 
Galatians 2:16 ERV

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.

 
Today I started reading from the beginning of Galatians, seeing what new nuggets I can glean from this new version I’m reading lately, the Easy-Read Version. Paul is talking about being sent to the non-Jews, while Peter was sent to the Jews — with the same message, the “Good News” or gospel (euaggelion, same root as evangelist, basically “good” plus “message” or “messanger” or even “angel”). Peter was actually being a bit of a hypocrite, dining with the non-Jews until the Jews were around, then pretending not to associate with these non-Jew brethren. I think perhaps Peter was trying to abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess 5:22), but he was giving the wrong message: that in order to be saved, we must follow the law God had given the Jews. When I got to the verse above, my heart lept with joy. It was like a fresh breeze of truth into my morning reading time! My little heart squeezes and says, “Oh! Is THAT all I have to do — TRUST in my Shepherd?! Oh, that’s easy enough!” What hope, what joy, what FREEDOM!! Ya know, God has shown me this same thing so many times. It is amazing how each time, it sinks a bit deeper into my stubborn human heart. Heehee! Thank you, Patient Lord!! 😀

 

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