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“These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Some produce a religion that makes us go through steps in order to receive the promise.  Jesus has promised that as many as believe are saved.  We have faith and in that faith we are to live.  Do not fall back into the elemental things of this world, but live according to the promise you have received in Christ.  In Him is all grace and mercy.  Through Him alone is the eternal salvation He has promised.

Heavenly Father, You know the plans You have for each one of us.  Before we were in the womb, You knew us.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of true life so that I will not be caught up in systems or things that would detract from knowing You.  Help me now and always to see that in You alone is all hope and the glory of an eternity spent with You.  Please let nothing get in the way of this hope.

Lord Jesus, guide me today and every day to walk humbly in the path of salvation.  Guide me in the way You know I need to go and help me to not veer from its path.  Jesus, You alone have saved me and in You alone is all hope.  Help me to see through the things of this world that I may not cling to earthly treasures.  Let me give up nonessentials that I may be with You forever.  Amen.