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“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

And we know perseverance produces endurance, and endurance character, so that we continue in the race set before us.  We run as to win.  These struggles are a part of what the Lord intends in order that you may overcome and live into the life to which you have been called in grace.  Come then and live this life which is yours in Christ.  Do not waver or backslide.  The Lord has given you many promises and you need to live into them.

Lord, as each day comes, guide my thinking more and more by Your word that I may think about what You are doing through the promises You have given us.  As each day comes, move my feet forward so that I may do what You have given me to do.  Through all things, lead me according to Your goodness that I may now and always humbly abide with You as You abide with me.

Holy Spirit, You have been guiding and I have been unaware.  Lord Jesus, You have already done what is needed and I act as if nothing has been done.  Lord, guide me further into the mystery of faith so that regardless of how I feel, I would live the life You give me in the faith and grace which are mine through You.  Through all things, may I persevere in order that the Father may be pleased and I may know that I am approved by Him through You.  Amen.