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“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).

We each have been given what we have in Christ.  Do you cherish the words of everlasting life?  Do you guard them as from the Lord Himself?  Why would you not want to guard a treasure when it is yours?  The thief will come along and steal it away, but do not let Him.  Cherish what the Lord has given You and He will grow in You a wellspring of life for yourself and those around you.

Lord, You know that sometimes I am so ambivalent about these things.  I go through the motions and sometimes do not care as I should.  Kindle in me the fire of Your love and lead me in the way of everlasting life such that I cherish every word You have spoken.  You have given me the gift of the Gospel, help me to live it such that I do not despise Your word, but cherish it.

Come, Lord Jesus, and lead me in the way of true life.  Help me to see through the wiles of the wicked one and not give up my inheritance for a bowl of pottage as Esau did.  Guide me this day, Lord, to hold fast to the truth You have revealed once for all.  In the faith You have given me, lead me according to Your word to be bold, humble, loving, and faithful.  I can do all things through You who strengthens me.  Amen.