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“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!”  (2 Timothy 2:8-9)

What we are doing here is not just some narrative of a storyteller.  If that were so, then why bother.  The message of the Gospel is the Good News of God given once for all.  Do not be deceived, nor let what God has given you be taken from you.  Live the life He has given you and walk in His way of faith hope and love.  What adversity comes our way will come.  Jesus told us that we will suffer for the Gospel.  But the Word of God will never be overcome, so live into the life which comes through the Word made flesh.

Dear Lord, You know how hard it is to live in this world.  There are so many obstacles that get in the way of our sanctification.  Lead me, Lord, according to Your goodness in order that I may humbly walk in the truth of Your Word.  Guide me, Lord, to persevere with suffering if that is required.  Let me never forget the hope You give, that because Christ lives, I too shall live.  Guide me in the fulness of the truth You have revealed and help me stand firm in faith.

Lord Jesus, because You died on the cross for us and were resurrected, help me know that the hope within me that You have given is blessed assurance of salvation.  Paul said that he would know one thing and that is You, and You crucified.  That and the truth that You have risen from the dead.  O Lord, the mystery is great, but the truth is before me, and You have placed it in me.  Help me live into that truth so that now and forever I would humbly walk with You.  Amen.