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“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?  But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5-6).

Such a simple statement that speaks to the reality of how so many do not take seriously what the Lord is doing.  This is not about a tacit, “Well, I suppose so.”  The Lord of creation has come and dwells within.  Is He the Lord of your life?  Does He move and shape you every day?  Is He the One who is leading, or are you still thinking that you are the One who is in charge?

Lord, this is serious business and I often act as though I am in charge of all things.  Lead me, O Lord, away from such thoughts and actions that I would live into the life You have given me by grace through faith.  Guide me in Your goodness to take and pass the test of trusting You above all things.  Lead me, Lord, in the way You know I need to go and then help me to walk following You.

Lord Jesus, You have come that we might have life and have it abundantly.  You are in me and You have given me Your promises.  Help me to not kick You out, or ignore You.  Lead me to begin, end, and all the time in between, live according to Your Word.  Dwell richly in me Lord and cause my heart to long for You all the days of this life as You prepare me for the life to come.  Amen.