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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 3:22).

Do you have an ear?  You may say you do, but do you really?  Is your heart open and willing to receive, or do make excuses and exempt yourself from the judgement you heap upon others.  Do not live as the hypocrites do, but seek the Lord earnestly that He would heal your hearing so that you hear what He has to say.  Hear in your heart and then put into action what He gives you to do.

Lord, these words are easy to hear, but they are hard to implement.  Guide me in the Gospel way so that I persevere, overcoming all obstacles by Your grace.  Lead me to become more like You every day.  Lead me to see You first so that when other things come along, I know they are mere temptations to get me off track.  Help me to always hear when You speak and to obey all that You command.

Lord Jesus, You lived humbly while walking upon the earth.  You did not seek the privilege of kings and potentates, but lived as an ordinary man.   Let me begin there so that I may overcome any ideal that tempts me to be anything other than what I am.  Lead me in the upward way of life and grant me strength to complete the journey.  Open my ears, heart, and attitude so that I may walk as You demonstrated how to walk upon this earth.  Amen.