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“Do your best to come to me soon.  For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia” (2 Timothy 4:8-9).

The tug-of-war between this world and living in the promise of Christ is real.  We live it each day.  Each day ask yourself where your priorities are.  Ask whether you will live as one who trusts the Lord above all things.  This very real question is the basis of living into the life of Christ which He gives through faith and by grace.  Come then and set your heart on the true wealth.

Lord, You know the struggle I have each day to live according to Your goodness and mercy.  Lead me this day Lord to live in the faith You have given me.  Help me to say, ”Not my will, but thine be done.”  Guide me according to all that is good and right so that I would forever hold fast to the truth which You have revealed once for all.  Lead me, O Lord, now and always in order that I may walk with You.

Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way and be the example of obedience.  Guide me, Lord, where You know I need to be led.  Help me to overcome the temptations which shall come my way knowing that only in You is there hope and an eternal future worth living.  Help me when the time comes to leave this world behind and cling to You forevermore.  In You alone Lord do I have hope for every tomorrow.  Amen.