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“For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:20).

The Lord did this for you.  In these last days, it was done so that you might have the opportunity to be in His love forever.  If Christ has been raised from the dead, then you too will be raised from the dead.  This is our faith and hope. No longer live as the world does, as those who scoff at these things.  Live as one who lives in the reality that because Christ lives, you too live in the newness of life that He gives in grace and mercy.

Lord, You have given me the gift of faith.  You have shown me that these things are true.  Guide me, dear Lord, in the way of life so that I may now and forever walk in Your goodness and mercy.  Lead me according to all that You have said in order that I may walk in the life You set before me.  Let me neither waver, nor stumble, but humbly and firmly follow You in and through all things.

Lord Jesus, You have come so that we may have life and have it abundantly.  Guide me in Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope and a future.  You are the author and finisher of my faith.  Guide me in Your goodness to look to You for all things and for Your leadership.  Help me this day to see these things more clearly and live according to the Father’s will.  Amen.