Bits & Pieces, Odds & Ends – 4

For forty years the Hebrew people had to go out each morning (accept on the Sabbath) and gather their food for the day. This is a reminder to me to spend time each morning allowing myself to feel God’s Spirit, become more grateful for His blessings and fully understand my assignments for the day.

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“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes… I will not know wickedness.” Psalm 101:3-4) Avoiding temptations is largely my responsibility. I am to take specific steps to avoid being tempted. If I ask the Holy Spirit He will help me, but the resolve to avoid sin and sin-inducing situations is up to me.

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I tend to want to live in “hallelujah” territory and remember that the “whosoever” of John 3:16 includes me. But I want to ignore “I’m sorry” territory and forget that the “all” of Romans 3:23 also includes me.

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Immanuel… God with me. Impossible! Incomprehensible! Outrageous! Wonderful! Unbelievable! The God who imagined and created and understands and controls all the universe has chosen to be with me – to love and value me. This has to be the greatest miracle of all time!!!

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Jesus said “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… and you will find rest…” (Matthew 11:29) What is His “yoke?” I think it is concern, sympathy and love for others. (Can I learn such feelings?) Whatever it is, I will rest when I accept it and wear it. I think wearing it allows me to learn some things I cannot learn any other way.