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“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty” (2 Timothy 3:1).

Each generation has asked whether we are in the last days.  We are closer than ever, but do not worry excessively.  Live knowing that with each generation it will become more difficult.  Even amongst those who say they are Christian; we often act more like the world than like Christ.  In spite of the difficulties, live into the life which has been given you by and through faith.  Endure through the difficulties, keeping your eyes upon the prize.

Lord, You know that all things will come to an end in their time.  Grant that I would not get caught up in the speculation of times and events, but instead would do what You give me to do.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life and guide me according to Your goodness to see through the nonsense of this world.  Help me to hold fast to each day and the tasks You give for that day.

Lead me now and always, Lord, according to Your goodness and mercy.  Help me to know that in You is all goodness.  Guide me in that goodness to become like You such that I may witness to a world that does not know You.  Help me through difficult times not to chase after those who profit from proclaiming what they do not know.  Lord, You are Lord, and You alone know the end.  Keep me close to You until we meet face to face.  Amen.

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