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“Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).

What were the first things?  Do not speculate but try to remember.  What were the first things you did when you accepted seriously the Lord’s call on your life?  Was it not to earnestly seek to please Him and do what is good and right?  We can become lazy and do what is right in our own eyes and not do the good things the Lord requires.  Remember that the third part of the great commission is learning to obey all that the Lord commands.

Lord, You have come that we may have life.  This offer is often rejected because we would rather live the way we want to live.  Guide me, Lord, to understand that to have a new life requires living the new life.  Lead me, Lord, in living the way You modeled in Your walk upon this earth so that I may continue the journey of becoming like You.  Let no obstacle get in the way.

Lord Jesus, You know the games we play.  You know how our minds wander.  You know how feeble our best efforts are.  Guide me, Lord, in the upward call You have given me so that I may earnestly desire what is right and good.  Help me now and in all times of need to look to You and follow Your example.  Let me not lose what You have given me but grow in grace and truth all the days of my life.  Amen.