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For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints; for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them” (2 Corinthians 9:1-2).

We all need encouragement.  The world is filled with all kinds of wickedness and there are those who are constantly seeking to hinder our free expression of the faith.  This has not changed.  What you do for the Lord, continue doing.  Do not be hindered by what others think, but seek always to do that which is pleasing in the Lord’s sight.  Know that in Him all things are possible.

Lord, teach me to persevere in spite of what those around me say.  Guide me in Your goodness to reach out and continue, no matter the conditions, to do what is right.  Help me live into the life to which You have called me knowing that in You aloine is all hope.  May I live in the zeal of the truth of the Gospel and be guided by Your Spirit to stand fast, hold firm, and live out the gift of new life You have given me.

Lord Jesus, You know what it is to experience adversity and hostility.  Guide me in my daily life to be gracious and kind, but also firm in the conviction You have given me.  Lead me in the true faith through all things that I would forever look to You, My Savior, for all good guidance in living this life of faith You have given me.  Keep me in Your presence now and always.  Amen.