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“And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).

Degradation, hedonism and slavery are implied.  Look where our culture has gone in the last century.  It is now worldwide.  Everyone is taught to live for self and the rapid pace of this world moves fast and goes nowhere.  Though those who fill the city seem alive, they are dead;.  How many do you know that once gave lip service to the Lord and are now far from Him?  This is the way of wickedness.

Lord, this world does go through its ups and downs.  The ups are not very far up and the downs seem to be getting lower.  Help me to look to You and live the life of faith that You have given me.  Guide me now and always so that no matter what comes in this world, I know what is going to happen – I will awaken and see You.

Lord Jesus, You have come to save as many as believe.  Guide me in the salvation You have prepared.  As I experience whatever may come, help me to know that only in You is there both hope and a true future.  Even You died.  In fact, through Your death, You opened the way for us to everlasting life.  Amidst the things I do not understand, grant me the steadfast hope of salvation as I keep my eyes upon You.  Amen.