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Good morning! “But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.” Galatians 2:11-13 NLT.

There was a time when following the crowd was the most important thing to me. I could fit in perfectly, if I dressed a certain way, would act like them, and support them or “have their back”. Fortunately, I woke-up, I could no longer find the “me” I once was. I was going along with the crowd instead of following the plan God had for me. Sometimes, you have to take a stand for what is right in God’s eyes – and not do the easy thing. We need to check what we profess to believe against what we are actually saying and/or doing. We can’t afford to live a double life, too many people are watching our faith in action. Don’t lead them astray.

What crowd are you following? ______

Are you more concerned about what others think about you than serving God? ______

It’s not too late to ask to Lord to correct your path.

Dear Lord, thank you for waking us up to experience another day you created. You have the sun aligned, the clouds in sync, the birds in melody, the wind whispering, the waves in the sea rolling back and us in the palm of your hand. Lord, thank you. Lord God, as we go through this day, we ask that you shield us from our enemies and those who desire to harm, cover our families and allow your presence to be felt all around us. Lord, we want to be obedient to your word. Give us a humble heart to follow you, to seek after the loss and those looking for a new way in you. Help us to be examples of your love. Lord, heal the sick, mend the broken-hearted, and comfort those in pain. Restore us, Lord. Renew our spirit and love for you. In Jesus name, amen.

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