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“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Do you see the exchange that happens when you walk in faith?  The old joins with Christ on the cross, dying to sin and death.  The new is the life the Lord breathes into those who follow Him.  Come then and live into the new life which is yours in Christ.  Put to death that which kills you and grow in the life He gives which is everlasting.  You have been saved by His grace.

Lord, teach me the fullness of what all of this means.  Sometimes I think of it as some small thing, rather than knowing that this is the complete transformation of me from the old to the new.  Whatever it is, help me to be on the journey of putting the old ways behind me so that the new life may grow in me.  May Your presence in, with, and through me show me the truth.  Guide me today and every day to walk the path of faith You have set before me until I stand before You face to face.

Lord Jesus, in You is new life.  Through you, it is possible by the grace You purchased from the cross, to walk faithfully.  Guide me today and every day to walk humbly with You.  May I receive an attitude of gracious kindness toward others, as You have been gracious and kind to me, so as to witness Your presence in my life.  Through all things, strengthen me so that I may live this new life You have given me for Your sake.  Amen.