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“‘When you reap the harvest of your land,


do not reap to the very edges of your field


or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 


Leave them for the poor


and for the foreigner residing among you.

 

I am the LORD your God.’”

 

— Leviticus 23:22


Galatians 5


Freedom in Christ


1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.


2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you.


3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 


4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.


5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 


6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.


7 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 


 8 It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 


 9 This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! 


10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.


11 Dear brothers and sisters,* if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. 


 12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.* 


13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 


 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”*


15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.


Living by the Spirit’s Power


16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 


 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 


 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.


19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 


 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 


21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.


22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 


23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 


25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.


26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one 

another.



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Matthew 5:1-12

1  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 

2 and he began to teach them.


The Beatitudes

He said:


3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.


5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.


6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.


7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.


8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.


9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.


10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 


12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.









The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1



I am a sheep. I follow my shepherd. A good shepherd provides everything to his flock - food, water, shelter, protection. I depend on my shepherd completely. Without Him, I would be wandering around lost and confused. Taking all the wrong paths; making all the wrong decisions. But...I follow my shepherd. I am safe. I am fed. I am at rest. I am loved. I am comforted.



This is my favorite Psalm which I memorized as a child and remember still today. I recite it when I am troubled or afraid or being distracted by the wiles of this world and the devil. 


 It comforts me and makes me feel at complete peace. 


 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want!


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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:


"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

1 John 4:10, (NIV)



“Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

(Mark 11:23 NIV)



Refresh Your Spirit

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Acts 3:19



Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34 (NIV)



Live the Good Life


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33


How can you obtain the things that make for a life filled with peace, material necessities and right relationships? Think positive not negative, selfless not self-centered, creative not destructive, kindly not hateful. With the right attitude and actions, you'll have everything you need for the good life.


Ask and it will be given to you; 

Seek and you will find;

Knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives;

he who seeks finds;

and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11).







If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9, NKJV



A Future Full of God's Promises


But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19



God has infinite riches, enough for all of us. Live according to His principles, and you will never look in vain for any necessity. You will be cared for, all will be well, and the future will be bright with promise.



Ask God to fulfill your needs.


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God Has His Eye on You


For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11


Let this amazing truth grip you: Nothing in this world can hurt you! God is watching over you to keep you in all your ways. His amazing kindness surrounds you always. You can go through life with a contented spirit, knowing God watches over you—no matter what comes your way.



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