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“As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith” (1 Timothy 1:3-4).

By grace through faith we are saved.  So many want an explanation when the mysteries of the Lord remain mysteries.  The Lord has saved us by grace and we are called to live in that faith.  Yes, people have come and gone, and they will in the future.  Yes, events have happened and there are more to come.  Listen to what the Lord has done for you and live into the life which is Yours in Him.

Lord, why do we make things so complex?  Why do we always look for answers that will change nothing, though they may satisfy our curiosity?  Guide me, Lord, to know that in You is all hope.  In You is salvation.  Teach me what it means to live by faith.  Lead me to trust You above all things and, even if I enjoy the seeking of answers, to never let that search replace the faith You have given me.

Lord Jesus, You have come to set me free from the captivity of this age.  Help me to not replace one captivity for another.  Guide me in the way of life so that I would learn to be satisfied with all that You have given me.  Teach me to not follow the way of the world, but the narrow way that You set before me.  In and through all things, lead me, O Lord, into this new life You have given me.  Amen. 

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