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October 4, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | October 4

Too often we call God’s ways confining and much too hard and tight.  Why not just call them what they really are – normal?

We must be fervent and anxious to become normal – as defined by Jesus, not by us.  In fact, that is really job one for us, to become blameless and pure in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation so that our witness remains shining and true.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious…

hatred, discord…fits of rage, selfish ambition,


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness and self-control.  Against such

things there is no law.  Those who belong to

Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature

with its passiions and desires.

(GALATIANS 5:19-20, 22-24)

This is God’s picture of what is normal and what is not.  Which looks more like you, the acts or the fruits?

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