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8/04/20 Self-focused

“In your quest to be like Jesus, make sure that you do not remain self-focused. It is not His way. Even though you are concentrating on His character and comparing yours to His so that you can repent for change to take place, keep your heart toward others. Be aware of those around you who have need. Long for souls. Listen to My directives. While the work is being done in you, there is much to be accomplished through you. Jesus always cared for others while I was working through Him. You do the same.”

Genesis 1:27-28a AMP

27) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him: male and female He created them.

28) And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]…

Psalm 106:12-15 AMP

12) Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them]; they sang His praise.

13) But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them.

14) But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.

15) And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls…

John 5:19-20 NIV

19) Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

20) For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.”

 

The character of Christ will never be complete in us until we care for others the way He did. He gave His life so that you and I could be spared eternal separation from God. That kind of love is not something that would simply be good to have; it is paramount if we say that we follow Him. If it is not in us, every one of us should make it our priority to attain it. We can’t grunt it into existence. We can’t make believe that we have it by doing good things. The only way it will ever be achieved in us is if we go to the Father in repentance for our lack of desire for Jesus to live through us.

Father, I repent of not wanting to be completely eliminated so that Jesus can freely live through me,

Jim Corbett

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