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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Aug 30 2019 01:00AM

The religious leaders are mistaken; to them it sounds like Jesus is destroying their law.


They hear him say, "I haven't come to destroy law but to fulfill it..." but they don't get that they have muddied obedience. He's merely clearing away the trash they've piled on top of the law's principles.


God gave his law to shield humans from the results of living what comes naturally--broken relationships, broken health, broken dreams and finally death.


God wants us to be happy! Obeying Him brings happiness naturally. The song of the angels at Jesus' birth, "Glory to God, and good will toward men..."* proclaimed the two principles of God's law: love God, love yourself and others.


His law is His thoughts of love, and when embraced become our desires, keeping us from ruining our lives.


They were explained at Sinai to protect the people from themselves, each other, and separating from God. No one who hates God's ways can live with Him. Broken humans are only right if they maintain a connection with God, otherwise fear or entitlement contaminates their obedience.


So after sharing God's love for them, Jesus says, "Be careful how you see... your thoughts fill you with light or darkness."


Your perception creates your interpretation of law. Your thoughts create your reality. They turn into your beliefs affecting your choices and actions.**


God's law is love, it protects your life, your future, your happiness, and your choices.


The law of sin and death--entropy--is the law Jesus died to destroy, not God's. His law ordered a perfect universe.***


Matthew 5: 17-6:24, *Luke 2:14 **Matthew 6:21-24, ***Romans 7:21-8:4, Hebrews 2:14



By Arla, Aug 27 2019 01:00AM

Jesus loved teaching the people out under the trees, on a green hillside, or by the lake, anywhere outside. This morning after choosing his core group of committed followers, he leads them and the people already coming, to a wide, level place on the mountain.


The disciples gather close expecting something special. They and the others long for national greatness, but He gives them something better than conquering Roman armies; he gives them the basic principles of his kingdom. He doesn't attack their errors or outline their wretchedness.


"Happy are those who recognize their spiritual poverty and feel their need," he begins.


God can't do anything for your recovery until you want it, see your weakness and yield your will to Him. That's the way freedom works. But when you admit your need, nothing is withheld--you have open access to His fullness.*


"Happy are those who mourn," he continues, "for they shall be comforted."


What? Sadness is good? Really?


Jesus is talking of the personal recognition Spirit brings up in us--the sadness at seeing our own ingratitude and our hardness of heart. When this brings mourning, it is not weakness, but strength that links us to God. Only when we accurately see ourselves can we choose healing and God can heal us. These tears are raindrops growing new graces, melting stony hearts.


And when you suffer from what this life gives you, don't rebel or run away. He often works fastest and shows clearest in darkness. "Only admit your brokenness and run to Him..."**


(continued tomorrow)


Matthew 5:1-4 *Isaiah 57:15 **Jeremiah 3:13, Isaiah 61:3



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