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“He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who live on it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed” (Revelation 13:12).

Humans have always loved parlor tricks.  They shouted, “Give us a sign, Jesus.”  The sign He gave was the cross and resurrection from death.  Those who believe have been marked with the cross and sealed by the Holy Spirit forever.  But there are those who come along and they seek to lead astray as many as will follow false prophesying.  The way of the cross is the way of salvation.  Always follow Jesus, no matter what.

Lord, it really is no different in good times or bad.  There are those who would have me follow some other direction.  Guide me according to Your Word so that I may see through those who seek to lead any astray.  Help me to worship You alone, fulfilling the first commandment.  Let me see that no matter what tricks people play, there is still only One Lord and Savior in all of creation.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being with each one of us always.  It is hard to navigate through this world of wickedness.  Guide me in Your goodness to know that life is in Your hands and that You will preserve us according to the Father’s will.  Lead me through all temptations teaching me not to stray so that I may be faithfully guided by You always.  Lead me, Lord Jesus, in the way of everlasting life and help to stay on the narrow path.  Amen.