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“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach” (Colossians 1:21-22)

The world hates God.  They may not say that this is what it is, but the world hates God.  You were born alienated from God and Christ has come so that you might be reconciled to Him.  But here is the problem: you want it on your terms.  That is not how it works.  It is on Christ’s terms.  Come then and surrender to the One who is able to make of you more than you can ever hope to be on your own.

Lord, You have come in order that we may have life and have it abundantly.  Guide me, O Lord, to walk humbly in Your presence, knowing that even though I want to do this, I cannot do this on my own.  Amidst the struggle of daily life, lead me in the way I need to go and then help me go that way.  You, Lord, know all that I need.  You, Lord, know all that is before me.  You know.  Help me to follow You.

Lord Jesus, You know me better than I know myself.  Your Spirit searches my heart and sifts it.  Continue sifting and do not give up on me.  Lead me where I need to go, not where I want to go.  Guide me along paths of Your choosing and ignore my pleas to follow other paths.  You are the author and finisher of my faith.  Use me as You will and lead me where You will, for I am Yours.  Amen.