Draw Near To God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 78 - James 4:7-10 - Draw Near To God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 78 – James 4:7-10 – Draw Near To God – Growing As Disciples

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:7-10 (ESV)  

Humbly Draw Near

Thank you, Lord, that I can draw near to you. Thank you, Lord, that you draw near to me. As a humble act of submission, I will make it my regular and frequent practice to draw near to you. How often will you draw near to me? I will certainly draw near to you every day. But I am certain that I will need to draw near to you far more frequently than just every day. Why is that? I desperately need your help. I certainly need your wisdom. I definitely need your protection. So, I can envision drawing near to you through the moments of my day. That will be very good.

What happens to you when you humbly draw near to me? When I humbly draw near to you, I am submitting myself to you. I am asking for your help. I am coming to rely on you. I am placing all my trust in you rather than in myself. I am making myself fully available to you. I am withdrawing from the world and entering into your presence. I am listening to your voice. I am focusing my heart and mind and life on you. I am making myself available to receive your instruction and follow your guidance. I am turning away from my own thoughts to seek your thoughts. I am waiting in solitude and silence before you so that you can guard and guide my life. That is very good.

What have I done for you as you have humbly drawn near to me? When I have humbly drawn near to you, you have drawn near to me. You have filled me with your peace. You have removed my heart and mind and life from the storm of evil thoughts, opinions, values and circumstances that have swirled around me, that have sought to entrap me. You have caused the devil to flee from me. You have reordered and reprioritized my perspective. You have refocused my heart and mind and life on you. You have helped me once again to place all my hope and trust on you. You have set my feet back on a firm foundation. You have made me able to see, once again, how to live and walk and move forward with you on the path of life. Yes, I have done all these things for you. Will you keep on submitting yourself to me by drawing near to me? Will you make humbly drawing near to me your ongoing moment by moment strategy to resist evil in all its forms? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will draw near to you. I know you will draw near to me. Help me to resist the devil so he will flee from me. Guard my heart and mind and life from his attacks. Help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds as I follow and serve you.  Amen

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Why Do You Boast?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 77 – 1 Corinthians 4:7 – Why Do You Boast? – Growing As Disciples

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

Boasting 

I don’t want to be doing that. You don’t want to do be doing what? I don’t want to be boasting about who I am or what I have done. Why is that? I have no reason to boast. Why do you have no reason to boast? Everything I am and hope to be comes from you. Everything I have done or will do has come from you. You have uniquely created me as I am. You have given me specific gifts, talents and abilities with which you have made me able to serve you. You have guided me to where you have wanted me to go. You have given me what you have wanted me to. I can do nothing of lasting and eternal value without your making me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. So, I can’t boast. But I can give you thanks and praise and honor and glory for all your goodness to me. You have richly blessed my life. I have found great joy in loving, following and serving you. That is very good. It brings me pleasure to hear your thankfulness.

However, you have not said enough. What more can I say? Tell me about the danger of comparing yourself with others. There lies a great danger. If I were to compare myself with others, I might begin to think I am better than others and become proud and boastful. I might even begin to think that I am the source of who I am or what I have done. Then I would not give you the thanks and praise and honor and glory you richly deserve. Is that the only possibility? No, certainly not. The other possibility is equally dangerous. If I were to compare myself with others, I might think that others are far better and more gifted than myself. Then I might become jealous and envious and resentful. I might even begin to covet who others are or what they have been given. Then for quite different reasons, I would not give you the thanks and praise and honor and glory you richly deserve. Both a prideful boastful attitude and a jealous and envious, covetous attitude are not pleasing to you. No, they are not. Both of these wrong attitudes would short circuit your work in and through my life. Both of these improper attitudes would make me unable to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. That’s true. So, I will focus on giving thanks and praise and glory and honor to you for the way that you are, have been and will continue to do your work in and through me. That will be very good.

Lord, there is nothing I have received that has not come from you. There is nothing I have done of value that you have not made me able to accomplish. I give you praise for the way you have been, are, and will be working in and through me for your glory. Amen

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The Way You Should Go

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 76 – Psalm 32:8-9 – The Way You Should Go – Growing As Disciples

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:8-9 (NIV)

Know It All 

I have learned my lesson. What lesson have you learned? I have learned how foolish it is to pridefully and stubbornly fail to accept your guidance. How have you learned this lesson? I have taken so many missteps. I have made so many mistakes. I have wasted time and talent and resources. I have wasted so much energy going off in a dozen different unfruitful directions. Each lesson, I will tell you, has not been pain free. Being stubborn and filled with pride can leave a person weary and worn out and bruised and broken. I have experienced it all, and then some. I’m sure it seems that way to you. You don’t think so? Some never reach the end of themselves and learn to come to humbly ask me for help. You are here now. You have realized your mistakes. You are admitting your sin. Yes, I am, without a doubt. Now I see that I was like a stubborn mule. I was not willing to be led by you. But now you are. Yes, I am. That is very good.

Tell me what more you have learned? I have learned that nothing is more dangerous than to think one “knows it all”. A “know it all”, will never receive advice or accept counsel. A “know it all”, cannot be warned. A thousand people could see a “know it all” headed for a cliff. Not one person could help the “know it all” avoid disaster. The “know it all” would not hear a thousand voices in unison shouting, “watch out, stop, don’t take another step.” Only later, after the disaster might a “know it all” say, “Why didn’t you warn me?” Then there may be hope for the “know it all”. That was me. I was like a “know it all” after a disaster. The only difference is that it took my going over many cliffs and experiencing many disasters to understand that I did not “know it all”. Then I was willing to humbly ask you for your help. Then I was willing to accept your instruction and receive your guidance. Now I know that I know very little and that I desperately need your help. So, every day I will come to you to ask to guide me. I will make no plan or take no action without asking for you to direct my steps. You have learned a valuable lesson. Yes, I have. I will place all my trust in you. That is very good. 

Lord, I will not be like a stubborn horse or mule that resists guidance. I will not reluctantly submit myself to your leadership. Instead, I will listen attentively to you. I will receive your counsel. I will humbly and willingly follow you. I will joyfully do what you ask me. Amen

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Gives Freedom

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 75 – James 1:22-25 – Gives Freedom – Growing As Disciples

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25 (NIV)

Freedom

I certainly want to live in freedom. I definitely want to live a life that you can and will bless. Those are good desires that you have in your heart. What must you do if you want to live in freedom? What must be your habits if you want to live a life that I can and will bless? That is a good question. Obviously, you are referring to more than one habit. Yes, I am. First, I must make every effort to hear your word. How will you make every effort to hear my word? How frequently will you make yourself available to hearing my word? I will hear your word by reading your word. I will hear your word by studying your word. I will hear your word by meditating on and memorizing your word. I will hear your word by praying your word. These are some of the ways that I will make every effort to hear your word. I will engage in these efforts to hear your word every day as I come to meet with you in your word. I will sit silently and in solitude before you so I can hear you speaking to me through your word. This is the first habit. This habit will help me to hear your word. I will develop this habit of listening to you. That will be very good.

The second habit that will help me to live in freedom and allow you to bless my life will be to put your word into practice. I can expect to receive no benefit from your word by hearing it but failing to put it into practice. That’s true. So, I will make every effort to put into practice all that you have shown me from your word. I will follow and obey you. I will do what you ask of me. I will allow your word to form the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. This is the second habit. Putting your word into practice will bless my life and make me fruitful as I love, follow and serve you. I will develop this habit of putting your word into practice. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not merely listen to your word. I will not deceive myself. I will not forget all that you have said to me. Thank you for richly blessing my life and helping me to live and walk in freedom as I make every effort to both hear and put your word into practice. Amen

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Put Off Your Old Self

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 74 – Ephesians 4:20-24 – Put Off Your Old Self – Growing As Disciples

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24 (NIV)

Three Steps

I have come to think that the new life I have in you requires me to take three steps. You have reduced your new life in me down to three steps? I didn’t devise this plan. I didn’t make up these steps. They seem to be right here in your word.  So, you believe that you are on solid ground? Yes, I do. Let me hear your thoughts. First, let me qualify a few points about these three steps. Go right ahead. I will never be finished taking these steps. I will need to keep on taking these steps every day as I follow you. At any time and in any order, I will need to frequently revisit these steps. Are you done with your qualifiers? Yes, for now, I think.

What is the first step you must take if you want to live the new life you have in me? I must put off my old life. I must turn away from my old life that was filled with deceitful and sinful practices. I must separate myself from evil of every kind. As part of putting off my old life, which could be called repentance, I will need to ask you to forgive and cleanse me of all my sin. I must allow you to be my Savior and Lord. I must receive your forgiveness and free gift of salvation. I must determine that I want to live my life with and for you. That is step one. That is very good.

What is the second step you must take if you want to live the new life you have in me? I must allow you to transform and renew my mind. Without a new mind, I would never be successful at leaving my old life behind. What will I use to transform and renew your mind? You will use your word to transform and renew my mind. You want me to let your word dwell in me richly. You want me to take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. You want me to meditate on your word day and night. Your word will help me to think your thoughts. Your word will help me to speak your words. Your word will help me to do your deeds. To sum it all up, your word will help me to know and do your will as I allow you to transform and renew my mind. That is step two. That is very good.

What is the third step you must take if you want to live the new life you have in me? I must put on the new life I have in you. What will that look like? Well, that will be unfolding every day as I live my life with and for you. I know one thing for sure. What’s that? My new life in you will include living in an intimate relationship with you. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will keep on taking all three of these steps as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will put off my old life. I will leave my old patterns and practices far behind me. Use your word to transform and renew my mind. Help me think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds.  I will keep on putting on the new life I have in you. Amen

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Trust In The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 73 – Proverbs 3:5-8 – Trust In The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)

Straight Path 

I understand that you would like to walk a straight path. You don’t want to wander from one meaningless activity to another. You don’t want to misspend your life. You don’t want to waste your time, talent, energy and resources. You are tired of taking two steps forward and threes steps backward. You want your life to count for something of eternal value. You want to do what is good and right and pleasing to me. When we meet face to face you want to know that you have gone and done my will. On that day, you would like to hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Have I captured your thoughts? Is this what is in your heart and on your mind? You know me better than I know myself. Yes, all these thoughts are in my heart and on my mind. That is very good.

How would you say you have been doing so far? I have had mixed success. I have taken plenty of missteps. I have wasted a tremendous amount of time, talent, energy and resources. As you have said, I have often taken two steps forward and three steps backward. I have not walked a very straight path. Yes, at times, I have wandered from one meaningless activity to another. What do you think is the source of your problem? Pride is no doubt the source of my problem. I have proudly trusted in myself and foolishly relied on my own understanding. That’s not good. Yes, I know.

What would you like to do differently? I would like to place all my trust in you. I would like to rely fully on your understanding. I would like to set aside my pride and admit that I desperately need your help. To do anything else or less would be a form of evil. That is what I want to quickly run from. Are you prepared to follow me? Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask of you? Yes, I will follow you. Yes, I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. Then you will have all that you want from me. You will be able to live the life that I am calling you to live. You will walk on the path of life with me. You will live a faithful and fruitful life before me. That is the prayer of my heart and desire of my life. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.

Lord, I will trust you with all my heart. I will not rely on my own understanding. I will acknowledge you in all that I think, say and do. I will not think I am wise. I will quickly shun evil. Help me to follow you on the straight path of life that you have laid out for me. Amen

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Be Strong In The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 72 – Ephesians 6:10-13 – Be Strong In The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)

Open My Eyes

I would like you to open my eyes. How do you want me to open your eyes? What do you want me to help you to see? Let me tell you. I have been very slow to recognize spiritual battles. Often times, I have thought that I was just facing routine difficulties and significant trials. Do you see things differently now? Yes, I do. I can look back, with the benefit of hindsight, and often understand when I have gone through far more than a battle with flesh and blood. It is good that you are evaluating and reflecting on the experiences you have gone through in the past. Why is that? You tell me. Recognizing what I have gone through in the past will help me to better understand what I am going though now or will go through in the future. That’s right. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Have you ever come into a difficult and trying situation and thought, “I’ve been here and done that before?” Yes, I have had that experience before. Some difficult and trying spiritual battles have repeated themselves. Have you responded differently because you have had a prior experience with a difficult and significant spiritual battle? There is no doubt about that. How so? I have been able to say to myself, “Last time I went through this similar spiritual battle I relied on myself and it didn’t go well.” With that in mind, I have much more quickly and eagerly come to ask you for your help. Instead of trying to fight with my own wisdom and power and strength, I have cried out to you. Instead of taking my own ineffective action, I have turned to you in prayer. You have given me your wisdom and understanding. You have given me your power and strength. You have led me on a course of action. You have guarded and guided my path.  Instead of suffering a humiliating defeat; you have led me in victory. So, what will you do differently with any difficulty and trial you face? I will turn to you. I will ask for your help. I will rely on you instead of relying on myself. Are your eyes now open? Do you now have a different understanding? Have I answered your prayer? Yes, you have answered my prayer. That is very good.

Lord, I have been slow to recognize when I have been in far more than a flesh and blood battle. Help me to recognize the devil’s schemes. Help me to put on your armor and be strong with your mighty power so I can stand against evil attacks of every kind. Amen

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Love Your Law

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 71 – Psalm 119:97-104 – Love Your Law – Growing As Disciples

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:97-104 (NIV)

Your Words

Your words are sweet to me. It is my delight to hear from you. Why is that? Your words are powerfully effective in my life. How so? Your words have helped me to come to know you. As I come to know you, I have come to love you. As I have come to love you; I have come to obey you. As I have come to obey you; I have come to serve you. As I have come to know, love, obey and serve you; I have started to become like you. In what way? You have allowed me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. In other words, your word has begun to form the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life as I have taken it deeply into my heart and mind. That is true. My word has been doing all of these things in you. It is wise of you to be able to recognize what my word has been, is doing and will continue to do in you. I am only wise because of what your word has taught me. I am only wise because you have made me able to hear your voice. You have helped me to both hear and obey you. You have made me able to follow and serve you. Your word has made it my joy to live my life with and for you. Your word has guarded and guided me on the path of life as I have loved, followed and served you. That is very good.

There is something that you have not said to me. I want to go deeper with you. I want to know and love and obey and serve you more completely. I want to live my life more fully with and for you. That is a very good desire within you. How will your desire be fulfilled? You’re asking me? Yes, I am asking you. Can you point me in the right direction? Yes, the direction is pointing to me. Let me ask you a question? I’d like that. What would happen to you if you listened more attentively to me? What would happen to you if you took my word more deeply into your heart and mind and life? What would happen to you if you meditated on my word throughout your day. Every desire of mine to go deeper with you would be fulfilled. Yes, that is true. That is what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will joyfully take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will meditate on your word throughout my day. Teach and train, guard and guide me as I love, follow and obey your word. Amen

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Let Nothing Move You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 70 – 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Let Nothing Move You – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Immovable

That is what I would like to be. What would you like to be? I would like to be immovable. What do you mean by that? I would like to keep on giving myself fully to your work. I would like to keep on moving forward with you. I would like to keep on following you to where you lead me. I would like to keep on doing whatever you ask of me. That’s very good. What’s the problem? Well, the problem is me. I know that you are rock solid. I know that I can trust you. I know that I can rely on you completely. You never change; you will always be my fortress of strength. I however am not rock solid. Everything about me does change. One day I am strong; another day I am weak. One day I am confident; another day I am timid. One day I am filled with faith; another day I have my doubts. I could go on and on. But you get the idea. Yes, I do get the idea. You are worried that you will not be immovable. I am more than worried. I am certain that with my own strength I will never be immovable. That’s good. That’s good? Why is that good? Has someone asked you to be immovable with your own strength? I thought so. Well, I have not asked you to be immovable with your own strength. You haven’t? No, I haven’t. Maybe it is you that have asked yourself to be immovable with your own strength. I guess so. You guess so? No, I know so. 

If you have not asked me to be immovable with my own strength what have you asked of me? Now, that is a very good question. I have asked you to come to rely on me. I have asked you to place all your faith in me. I have asked you to draw near to me. I have asked you to hold on to me. I have asked you to trust me completely. Does this sound familiar to you? Yes, it does. Do you believe that I can make you immovable? Do you believe that I can make you fruitful? Do you believe that I can help you to give yourself fully to me? Do you believe that I will help you to keep on moving forward with me? Yes Lord, I believe that you can do all these things in and through and for me. You will help me to keep on giving myself to your work so that I will be able to continue to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will. I will place all my faith in you. That is very good.  

Lord, help me to be steadfast and immovable as I love, follow and serve you. Help me to give myself fully to your work. I know that my labor for you will never be in vain. Make me able to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Like A Treasure

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 69 - Matthew 13:44-46 - Like A Treasure - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 69 – Matthew 13:44-46 – Like A Treasure – Growing As Disciples

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)

No Greater Treasure

There is no greater treasure than coming to know and love you. There is nothing that has my closer attention than wanting to live my life with and for you. There is no higher pursuit or greater desire within me than to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to go where you guide. I want to do whatever you ask of me. My heart and mind and life are focused entirely on following and serving you. That is very good.

How have you come to focus your heart and mind and life on me? How did such a passionate desire to know and love me develop in you? Why am I the highest and by far the most important pursuit of your life? Why do you so strongly desire to do what is good and right and pleasing to me? That is a good question. None of this focus, this passionate desire or all out pursuit has come from me. I can take no credit for what you have developed, are developing and will continue to develop in my life. You have fanned the flames of my desire for you. I know that I love you because you first loved me. I know that I want to give myself fully to you because you gave yourself fully to me. You have allowed me to taste of your kindness and mercy and love. You have made it a joy for me to follow you wherever you lead me. You have made me to be thankful to do whatever you ask of me. That is very good.

I know that I am supposed to deny myself. I know that I am supposed to pour myself out in your service. I know that I am supposed to live with wholehearted devotion to you. At one time, I thought these acts would be painfully difficult and require herculean effort. I was sure that none of these efforts and this strength would ever be in me. But, your love for me and my love for you have made this the desire of my heart, the focus of my mind and the goal of my life. I want to do nothing else. I want to do nothing less. I want to be fully devoted to you. You are my treasure. There is nothing more valuable than living my life with and for you. I will have no regrets, make no retreats and hold nothing in reserve as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good.

Lord, nothing is more valuable than living my life wholeheartedly with and for you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I give myself to you. I will joyfully follow you to wherever you lead me. I will thankfully do whatever you ask of me. Amen

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