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Thanksgiving is weeks away but we can be thankful today!  Thankful that God has made a way for us to belong to Him again and follow Jesus with empowerment from His Spirit.

Luke 9:23  Jesus said – “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

When we think of a cross we think of death but a cross is also a change in life.  One where a decision is made and because of that we live differently.  Jesus said – “follow Me”   We can not follow Jesus from a distance we have to be closely following.   He has given us the Bible to help us.  In the Bible anything we need for life can be found there.  Instructions for relationship – marriage, singleness, parenting, job related relationships.   Money instructions, if you have a lot of money or no money, you can find help there.  Information on love and hate.  The Bible teaches us who we really are. How loved and accepted we are.  What we are capable of.   There is so much that God wants to share with us, but we need to be reading His words and listening for His voice.

John 10:27  Jesus say, “My sheep hear My voice and the follow Me”.

Matthew 11:28-29  (Jesus was saying to those who were listening)  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Jesus is asking us to yoke – unite ourselves with Him.  Following close to.  Allowing Him to teach us.  He says He will be gentle and humble with us and we will find what we can not buy – REST!  Deep inside of ourselves REST!

Psalm 1 –  The man who walks not  after the counsel of the ungodly, or stands with sinners, or sits in the seat of the scornful but delights in the Lord and meditates on His ways – day and night, will be blessed.  He will be like a tree planed by the waters and will bring forth fruit and will prosper.

James 4:7-17   As we draw near to God, humbling ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.   Don’t get caught up in judging others, keep your focus on your own life before the Lord.

Psalm 19:1-14   God’s words will:  Convert our souls.  Make us wise.  Make us glad.  Enlighten our lives.  Will endure forever. They are true and right!  Better than money, sweeter than honey.  We are warned and rewarded and strengthened by them.

You are invited to join us in 2018 with reading through the Bible with the Life Journal plan.  Let us grow together, reestablish ourselves on who He is and who we are.  Learning all He has to say about this life He has blessed us with.

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