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“You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God” (James 2:22-23).

Who knows what goes on in the heart.  One may have a poor upbringing and a cruel disposition; another may show more courage in holding back on his inclinations; one may give up his life for another.  In the act, the trying, the willingness to accede to the Lord, based on faith that this act does make a difference, this is the faith which is grown in measure by measue by the Holy Spirit according to the Lord’s purpose.

Lord, none of us know the fulness of the truth which You have planned and set before us.  Guide me, Lord, in all truth so that I would hold fast to You and what You have revealed.  In faith, help me to go into and through this day.  By faith, help me trust what You are asking me to do.  Through faith, guide me into the fulness of life which is mine by grace knowing that You are at work in me.

Lord Jesus, You died so that I might be set free.  I am freed from the curse of sin and death.  Help me, O Lord, to face life.  Guide me in the way of life to step out in faith.  Yes, this is work, but it is Your work in, by, and through me.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life  that I may now and forever by guided by You.  Help me, dear Savior, to do these things in a way that is pleasing to You.  Amen.