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“[T]o obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5).

We are living in an age of defilement.  Every disease, every plague, every crime is the result of sin.  We are reminded of this each day.  But this is temporary.  The day is coming and in the hope Christ gives us now, we can and do know that we are not living in this state forever.  We are called to live toward the hope of that day when all is imperishable and immortal.  Live in this hope and know that the eternal day is coming.

Lord, let me not be fatalistic, nor defeated, but grateful and filled with joy that You have already overcome all the wickedness of this world.  Guide me in the way of salvation so that I may now and always walk according to Your will and in the way laid before me by You.  Help me to walk each step in Your grace and with mercy so that I may now and always walk in the hope of the salvation which is mine through You.

Lord Jesus, You were purposeful about all of the things You did.  As You headed to the cross, You left timeless stories to help us walk the way of truth.  Guide me this day by Your word in order that I may walk the narrow path as You lead me to see Your hand upon my life.  Lead me to do what is right in Your sight and according to the Father’s will.  Through all that comes this day, may I live in the newness of life that You give by grace.  Amen.