Uncrook Your Neck

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Goren 2Do you tip your head at the news these days the way Detective Robert Goren of Criminal Intent tips his when interrogating suspects?

As if what he’s seeing and hearing is so off-kilter he has to tilt his head to see if that will help him make sense of it?

There’s nothing like a solid dose of reality to get a head back on straight and a heart bathed in peace.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5*

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“‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 20:2

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“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

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“‘For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

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“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For [Because] I am the LORD, our God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:1-4

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“In his great mercy he [the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5

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We are not redeemed to have a perfect, happy life, but to face and overcome the trials in this life by the love of God revealed in the flesh through Christ. Reverend Leonard Gulstrom, LOPC.

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“No, in all these things [hardships, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, facing death all day long, considered as sheep to be slaughtered,         insert whatever you’re facing       I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord.”     my adaptation of Romans 8:37-38

Take a moment and read the above personalized passage aloud.
How would your life change, if you embedded this understanding in your soul?
Share your response in the Comments.

*NIV1984 translation unless otherwise noted

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