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“In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures” (James 1:18).

Look to the first fruits.  We often think of creation as a once and done thing.  But even scientists see that creation is constantly shifting and that it will be something else in what they call the end.  Here, we hear that God has called us to be first fruits in the new creation; for there will be a new heaven and a new earth.  Come then and live into the word of truth as His will is exercised in you.

Lord God, You have revealed the words of truth and You have made them known to all who would hear the truth of Your Word.  Guide me, dear Lord, in the word of truth so that I may live into the life to which You have called me and for which Jesus died.  May I not stumble on the path You have put before me, nor led astray by the constant noise of this age but hold fast to Your revelation.

Dear Jesus, You went to the cross so that we might become the new creation.  You have told us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth.  Guide me, dear Lord, in the new life in order that I would walk the narrow path, which is You Who is the way, dear Jesus, and live according to the word You have revealed.  Hold me close to You so that I may seek first Your righteousness, knowing that all else that is needed will be provided.  Amen.