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“And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he named Him Jesus” (Matthew 1:24-25).

Joseph awoke and believed.  He believed what the Lord told Him.  This is an example of genuine faith.  One of the most amazing stories, in fact, truly a one of a kind, and he believes.  We are told the overarching story and so many reject it in unbelief.  Will you be like the crowds who shouted to have Jesus put to death, or like Joseph who heard what the Lord said and believed?

Lord, I would like to be a person of Your making rather than simply be a part of the crowd.  Lead me in Your goodness to see through the pressures that are upon me in this age so that I may humbly walk with You in belief.  No matter how You speak to me, help me to listen and heed Your word.  You have said that I am saved by the blood of the lamb.  Help me to believe that and stop acting like I need to save myself.

Jesus, You paid the price for my sin, so there must be more.  Move me beyond trying to overcome my sins to the place where my character is being shaped by You, the author and finisher of my faith.  You have guided me in the past and You guide me now.  Lead me in Your grace to walk with You all the days of my life toward the goal of being like You, listening to the Holy Spirit, for the glory of the Father.  Amen.