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“When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:28 – 29).

“He was teaching as One who has authority.”  This is one of the greatest understatements you will ever encounter.  So many are amazed at Jesus and then go on their way and live the life they have chosen.  Why not listen to the One who has all authority?  In Him is life!  Of course He teaches with authority.  He is the only One on earth who has ever taught with absolute authority because He is the only One who actually knows for sure what He is talking about.

Lord, I have learned and I know many things, but I do not know all things.  You do.  Help me to listen to You knowing that You know all things.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life so that I may trust and be guided by You in all things.  You know the beginning from the end.  Why do I listen to others when You are instructing me in how to live?  Open my ears to hear and obey You as You speak words of truth.

Come, Holy Spirit, and direct me in the ways You know I need to go this day.   Open my heart to receive and my ears to hear as You guide me step by step.  Let me see the appointments You have for me this day and guide me to fulfill them.  As I walk through this day, may I be guided by You alone, doing what is pleasing to the Father.  Guide me in the grace of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

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