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“To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (1 Timothy 1:2).

Are you a true child of the faith?  This is a legitimate question.  It gets to the heart – literally.  Our prideful self says, “Of course.”  But do we really spend time in introspection and open to the Lord and seek to have the Holy Spirit search our soul?  Grace, mercy, and peace come from God.  Be led by the Holy Spirit to know this and to truly become a child not of Paul, but of the Father.

Holy Spirit, You know all that is before me and what yet needs to happen.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of true faith so that I would not avoid all the difficulties, but come fully into the faith by Your leading.  Guide me, O Lord, so that I be led today and help me face whatever I need to face tomorrow that I would grow in those directions where I need to grow.  Help me now and forever to truly live in faith.

By Faith, Scripture tells us, the men and women of old lived and became the examples we read about in Your Word, Lord.  Lead me, Lord, wherever You will lead me and help me to be content with wherever that is.  Through all that comes my way this day, help me to stand firm and be strong in You.  You alone are the Rock of my salvation and I need You to guide me each step of the way.  Amen.