July 29 / Proverbs 29 / Mark 1

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Proverbs 29:5

To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.

I must say that many times I have found praise to be merely the magician’s trick to point your attention away from what he is doing. It’s as if the flatterer is saying, “Whatever you do, don’t look deeply into me or challenge me. It’s much too painful. Let’s just keep talking about how awesome you are!”

Proverbs 29:6

Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.

It’s crazy how sin imprisons us, never delivering on its promises of more freedom, lasting relief, or peace of any kind.

Sin demands slavish worship.

Jesus gently invites us to freely love Him.

Mark 1:45

But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn’t publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.

Jesus could not go publicly into towns. He stayed out in the countryside where people from all over came to Him.

Why?

Because He lived at a level that was beyond human power and wisdom. He stayed directly connected to His heavenly father and out flowed supernatural love, power, wisdom, and healing.

And that kind of life is now available to anyone who desires it.

But only through direct connection to the Father.

It will manifest itself differently, as God has made us all to be different parts of the whole body, with different gifts, talents, personalities, and ways to fill in the gaps of the hurting world. You have a unique role to fill in this world.

What is your role in the healing of the nations?

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