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“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11).  

We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against forces of darkness and principalities.  Yes, the journey of being Christian is difficult.  It is a battle.  Do not live as those tossed about by the whims of this age, but as those who know they are in the salvation of Christ.  Take seriously the call you have been given by Christ and walk humbly with the one who has saved you through the grace He gives.

Lord, You are the One who makes all these things possible.  In You is all hope and an eternal future.  Lead me, Lord, so that I would walk humbly with You knowing that only in You is there hope and an eternal future.  Guide me, Lord, to know that I am not, nor should I be, comfortable with or in this world.  In Your providence, help me know that You are preparing the way before me.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the salvation You have given me by grace.  Guide me this day to know that in You is all hope.  Prepare me to fight the battle I need to fight and to trust that You will lead me through all that needs to be done.  Guide me in the upward way in order that I may live as You would have me live.  Keep my soul firmly in Your hands now and forever.  Amen.

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