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Father, thank You for the righteousness I have in Christ. This day and every day I ask that You would advance Your work in me of conforming me to Christ’s image. Guide me and enable me to live as He lived, see as He saw, feel as He felt, and serve as He served in His earthly years. Help me remember I have died to sin so I might be blind to its distractions and deaf to its voice. Let me live always and only unto You.
Strengthen me in my inner man to live a life of faith, hope, and love—a life of holiness. In love and gratitude to You, let me die daily to my selfish desires for laziness and pride. Raise my eyes to gaze upon the eternal realities of Your Kingdom and do away with lesser things that would distract or deter me in my pursuit of Your will and Your ways. May Your perfect love cast out all fear within me.
I am exceedingly grateful for Your many blessings in my life—family, friends, wealth, and honor. Set a guard on my heart so that I may never idolize these blessings or permit them to usurp Your rightful place in my affections or attention or allegiance. Let me live for You alone. Let me love You with all my heart, mind soul, and strength and love others as myself. Make me always devoted to You with childlike trust.
May I be a living expression of Your will in all my ways. Let me be a blessing to everyone with whom I come in contact, whether as an encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ or as a testimony of Your greatness and glory to those who don’t know You. Fill me moment by moment with Your Spirit and with grace so I might be a fountain of sweet water from which no bitter water ever spills out, no matter how suddenly I may be jarred.
Lord, as I sail through this life, continue to serve as my Captain, directing me across the trackless depths to my final port. Though I cannot see beyond the horizon, I trust Your navigation. Though rough and stormy seas beset me, I know You have ordained them to increase my dependence on You, and You control each wave and every wind. Grant me the grace to endure to the end, and may You be glorified in the journey, whether through calm waters or turbulence. Your love is the wind, faith is my sail, and hope is my anchor. All I need is in you.
Divine Direction by Craig Groschel
Do you sense something new happening in your life?
Do you want something different?
Even if you don’t feel it now, it’s always a good idea to keep your heart prepared for change because it’s a guarantee.
Often we’re called to stand our ground when the pressure mounts, but many times we need to take a risk.
Do you feel restless where you are?
God may have planted a divine desire in you to serve Him in some surprising way. Maybe He’s inspired you with a specific group of people, an idea, a problem, or a place.
Maybe He’s calling you to go.
Follow that hunch and see where it takes you. Embrace the adventure. The best way to make a leap of faith is to get a good running start.
To step toward your destiny, you may have to step away from your security.
To go somewhere else, you have to leave where you are. You have to leave what’s known, what’s comfortable, what’s predictable, and what’s easy. To step toward your destiny, you may have to step away from your security.
Who knows where God will take your story if you just let Him?
One day, years from now, you’ll look back on your life and see the whole story.
What’s it going to be? “I felt like God was calling me, but I was afraid, so I did nothing.”
Or will you have a faith-filled adventure to tell?
The difference is whether or not you go when God says, “Go.”
Ask: What is God calling me to leave? Where is He calling me to go?
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
17Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
8I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.