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“Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained” (Philippians 3:15-16).

You may have come far, or just a little way, in the obedience that comes with being a disciple.  It is not a matter of receiving a progress report, but of holding the line at not going back to the old way of life.  Live into the life for which You have been called.  Be guided by the goodness and mercy which is yours in Christ.  Do not allow God’s standards to be replaced with the world’s standards.

Lord, You have laid down the boundaries and they are written in my heart.  The world is constantly fighting against Your boundaries and trying to replace them with their own.  Help me to hold fast to what I know is true.  Help me to see the truth that only You know all that is needed.  The world seeks destruction, but You have brought the gift of eternal life.  Let me live into the life You give.

Lord Jesus, You are the gift and Your life was given so that we might have true life.  Help me live into the life You have given me.  Guide me away from the false things the world offers that I may be guided by You.  Lead me always in the direction I need to go and guide me by Your unchanging principles.  In You Lord is the hope of the ages, for You are God the Savior who saves all who believe.  Amen.