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“For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Timothy 2:7).

I am telling you the truth, I am not lying, Jesus is the Lord and Savior of us all.  Without Him, there is no hope.  With Him there is great hope.  He alone is the way, truth, and life.  But the world does not believe this and so it calls out to all who say this a lie.  But that too is a witness.  Why is there such hatred of Jesus unless He is who he says He is?  Listen to your pastor and believe his report.

Lord, open my ears to hear the truth.  Open my heart to reject what is false and would deceive me.  In all things, grow in me the ability to discern between the real lies of the wicked one (and those who repeat them) and the truth that You speak.  Only in You is there hope and a future.  Apart from You, I can do nothing.  Guide me, Lord, to hold fast to the truth You have revealed once for all.

Lord Jesus, You came in a specific way with a mission and You have accomplished for us our salvation.  I am still here, so the journey is not yet complete.  Guide me, Lord, in the way You know I need to go.  Guard my heart from the wiles of the wicked one and teach me all that I need to know.  Lead me to listen and learn.  Show me the way of wisdom and hold me forever close to You.  Amen.