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“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

“By what right do you do these things,” the world asks.  It is not that we are qualified in our own right, or that our abilities, no matter how good they are, are enough.  We have been called by the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to walk boldly in the faith He gives.  Let us not be led by this world, but by the One who has overcome the world.

Lord, the faith, in this sense, is simple: trust You above all things.  You have come to save as many as believe and belief is based upon trusting You.  Lead me in the right direction that I would live by Your Spirit which brings light and life into my heart.  Guide me according to Your principles and help me to walk according to the will of the Father and for His glory in all things.

Lord Jesus, for this very thing have You come that all of us who look to You would walk into and toward the new life that You give by faith.  Strengthen my heart and lead me in Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope.  May I so follow You that in the confidence You give, I may stand firmly and boldly upon Your grace and proclaim Your salvation in an unbelieving world.  Amen.