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“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16).

Listen to this little word of advice, “Pay attention.”  Yes, you have those whom you trust, but there is only one truth and that is Jesus.  Do you hear your teachers teaching Jesus, or is it anything else?  This is important.  Jesus is the center of our faith because He is God and He has made Himself known.  Come through Him alone and be fed by those who teach the same.

Lord, there are lots of befuddled teachers out there who love you (I truly believe), but do not point to You always.  Let me not be amongst their ranks, but instead help me strive to always hold fast to Your Word of Truth.  You have given the Word of Truth; where else can I go?  Lead me, Lord, always and help me learn how to persevere.  Guide me, O Lord, to look to You and to no other for truth.

Lord Jesus, my Lord and God in the flesh, help me to see through all of the obfuscation in this world to hold fast to the truth You have given.  You are Truth and any truth that may be known comes from You.  Lead me in the way of truth so that I would now and always be guided by Your purpose, power, and presence.  Help me to see that in You is all hope and the only future worth living.  Amen.