Call Upon His Name

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 281 - Psalm 105-1-5 - Call Upon His Name - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 281 – Psalm 105-1-5 – Call Upon His Name – Growing As Disciples

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!  Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!  Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, Psalm 105:1-5 (ESV)

Call Upon Me

Will you call on me? How often will you call on me? Why will you call on me? What will you say to me as you call on me? What will be in your heart and on your mind? Yes, I will call on you. It is my hope and desire and plan to call on you continually throughout my day. Why is that? I want my heart and mind and life to be focused on you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. How would living in an intimate relationship with you be possible if we hardly ever talked? You have a very good point on which you and I are in complete agreement. So, what will you say to me? Nothing will be off limits. I will pour my heart out to you. I will ask you for what I want and need. I will give thanks and praise to you for kindness and mercy and love toward me. I will remember the wondrous things you have done for me. I will ask for your presence, and power, and strength to be with me so I will be able to go and do what you ask of me. What am I likely to ask of you? You will certainly ask me to tell others about you. You want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. You want others to be able to turn away from their sin so that they can receive your forgiveness and cleansing. You want a multitude to be rescued from a life without you both in the here and now and forever. You want others to receive the gift of salvation and life forever in heaven that you have secured for them. You want others to come to live in an ongoing intimate relationship with you. Yes, I want all these things to be true. Yes, I will ask you to allow my life to be lived out in and through you. Yes, I will work powerfully in and through you. Yes, you will be my witness in the world, as you tell others about me. Yes, you will shine brightly for me as you bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. All of this will be possible as you continually call upon me throughout your day. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will call upon your name. I will remember all your wondrous works. I will be filled with joy as I give thanks and praise to you for your kindness. I will proclaim your goodness far and wide. I will be filled with strength as I continually seek your presence. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your practice to call on the Lord throughout the moments of your day?

Living It Out…  Call on the Lord throughout your day and give thanks and praise to Him for all that He has done for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your heart will be filled with joy as call on the Lord and give thanks to Him for all He has done for you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are calling on the Lord and giving thanks and praise to Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you seek the Lord and call upon His name continually throughout your day.

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Not To Worry

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 224 – Matthew 6:25-27 – Not To Worry – Growing As Disciples

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT) 

Gifted And Talented Worrier

 Now that’s something I good at. What are you good at? I am a very gifted and talented worrier. I didn’t realize that worrying was a gift or a talent. Oh, I have made an art form out of it. I have been able to worry about something that has never happened, nor is it ever likely to happen. I can take the smallest of worries, something like a mole hill, and turn it into a mountain. And you think this is some sort of gift or talent? Not really, it’s more of a curse. Well, at least you can joke about it. But it is no joke. No, worrying is nothing to joke about. I have found worrying to be all consuming and paralyzing at times. Worry has held me back. Worry has placed limits on my life. Worry has kept me from moving forwarded with you. Worry has even caused me to fail to go and do what you have asked of me. Worry has been no small problem in my life. Yes, I know. 

What do you want to do with your worry? You tell me. I want to stop worrying, that is for sure. That’s good. I will give you a suggestion. I will give you some guidance. I will give you my instruction. Are you ready? Are you listening carefully? Yes, you have my full attention. Here is what I want you to do, every time you worry, I want you to turn that worry into a prayer to me. I don’t want you to do this occasionally. I don’t want you to do this most of the time. The key word here is, EVERY TIME. EVERY TIME you begin to worry, I want you to turn that worry into a prayer to me. What will happen to you when you turn all your worries into prayers to me. I will stop worrying. Yes, you will stop worrying. But that, is not what I was going to say. I was going to say that instead of you being a gifted worrier, you will become a gifted prayer. Do you know why that is? I will have traded all worries into prayers to you. What do you think about making that trade with me? Will you turn all your worries into prayers to me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not allow myself to become a victim of all-consuming and paralyzing worry. I know that worrying will add no length or value to my life. I know you have, are now, and will continue to take care of my needs. I know that you love and care for me. Amen

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The Lord Will Fight For You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 152 - Exodus 14:13-14 - The Lord Will Fight For You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 152 – Exodus 14:13-14 – The Lord Will Fight For You – Growing As Disciples

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Be Still

Can you be still before me? Can you come and rest in my presence? Can you sit quietly before me? Can you wait for me to act on your behalf? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? Being still, resting in your presence, sitting quietly before you, and waiting for you to act is much harder and more difficult than it would seem. Why is that? It takes real discipline to be still before you. It requires significant effort sit before you. Resting in your presence does not come easily or naturally to me. All my natural inclinations are to be active, to stay busy and be on the move. Those same inclinations become even stronger when a battle is before me. In the past, it has been almost impossible and irresistible for me to quickly engage in a fight to try to win the battle that is before me. I am sad to say that asking for your help and relying on you to fight my battles has been far from my thoughts and actions. I have nearly always fended for myself in fighting my battles in life. I can now see how mistaken my thinking has been. Forgive me Lord. You are forgiven.

What has happened when you have fended for yourself in fighting your battles in life? I have usually made matters worse. I have hardly ever won a battle that I have fought alone, with my own strength. I have certainly been filled with anxiety and worry and stress when I have attempted to fight battles with my own efforts alone. I have most often lived in defeat because I have neither asked for or relied on your help. That is not good. I can see that now. That is good.

What do you think will happen to you as you rely on me to help you fight battles in life? I will come to know you more intimately. I will live and walk more closely with you. My faith and hope and joy in you will become strong. I will know that you are with me to help me. I will know that you will fight for me. I will learn that you will bring me through every battle in life. You will lead me in victory. You will help me to overcome. Yes, I will. Will you be still before me? Will you quiet yourself in my presence? Will you allow me to help you? Will you keep moving forward with Me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, at one time I thought that all my battles were mine alone to fight. What mistaken thinking. My fighting often only made matters far worse. Now, I know that I can be still before you. I can rely on you. You will help me. You will give me victory over battles. Amen

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Stay Calm

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 64 - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 - Stay Calm - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 64 – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – Stay Calm – Growing As Disciples

Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts.  We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.                                                1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (MSG)

My Witness

Are you staying calm? Are you minding your own business? Are you doing the job you have been given? Is there a reason that you are asking me these questions? What point are you wanting to drive home with me? What insight and understanding do you want to give me? It is wise of you to know that I am wanting to make something very clear to you. What do you want to make clear to me? You tell me. I know you want me to be calm. I know you want me to mind my own business. I know you want me to do the job I have been given. Yes, all this is true. But let me ask you, what job have you been given? That is the key and vital question. I have given you a job to do for me in this world. Don’t think that I have given you the job of being a doctor or lawyer or carpenter or any other career. In all these careers, I have given you, and every one of my followers, a job to do for me in this world. How you conduct yourself will make you effective or ineffective in the job I have given you to do for me. Then, I must understand what job you have given to me and every one of your followers. Yes, but I think you already know the job I have given to you. Tell me what you know. I know that you want me to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I know that you want the conduct of my life and the words of my mouth to draw others to you. It is my job to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I do. That is your job. Will you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name without relying on me? No, I will not. Will you be able to stay calm, mind your own business, and do your job without my help? No, I will not. Will you rely on me? Will you allow me to use you as my witness in the world? Will you allow me to help you to do the job you have been given? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to mind my own business and stay calm in all circumstances as I faithfully continue to do my own job. Help me to live a life that commands the respect of outsiders who do not yet know you. Help me to be a witness that helps draw others to you. Amen

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He Is A Shield

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 58 – Psalm 18:30 – He Is A Shield – Growing As Disciples

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30 (NIV)  

My Way

What’s the difference between your way and my way? Your way is flawless. My way is flawed. You have an eternal perspective. You see everything. Nothing escapes your notice. I have a very limited perspective. I can only see portions of my past and present. I have no knowledge of the future. I miss so much. I fail to see so many things that are right before me. A lot escapes my notice. My way is far from perfect. So much of what I see revolves around my own thoughts and feelings and values none of which are perfect. Sin has not distorted your picture. You see things as they really are. In every way my perspective has been tainted by my own sin and the sin that is in the world. On my own I have no hope of living and walking in the truth. You are the way and the truth and the life. My own way does not lead to the truth and the life. That’s right.

You do have hope. You do have a reason to have faith. You can walk in the way, the truth and the life. Yes, I am sure of that. What make you so sure? You love me. You gave yourself for me. You broke the power that sin had over my life. You set me free to live my life with and for you. You want me to walk in the way, the truth and the life. You don’t want me stumbling around in darkness. You want to teach me. You want to guard and guide my life. Yes, I do.

How will you be able to receive all that I want to give to you? You are my refuge and my strength. I can come to you for all that I need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. Your word is flawless. It has proven itself to be completely true. I can meet with you in your word. I can listen to your voice. Yes, you can. Your word will guard and guide my life. Your word makes your thoughts and your ways known to me. Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. You will allow me to think what you think and feel what you feel. Yes, I will. Your word will keep me on the path walking with you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do all that you ask of me. Why is that? Your word will both give and grant me the desires of my heart. I will desire to do what pleases you. You will be pleased to grant to me the desires you have placed in my heart. Yes, I will.

What are the desires of your heart? My desire is to live and walk with you. I want to know you and your word. I want to hear all that you have to say to me. I want my thoughts, words, and deeds to be in complete agreement with your will and your ways. In every way I want to please you. Why is that? You love me and I love you. Yes, I do. I am so thankful that you have given me your flawless word to guard and guide my life. So, I will keep coming to you to meet with you in your word. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you that your way is perfect. Thank you that your word is flawless. Thank you that your word has been a shield around me. Thank you that I can take refuge in your word. Guide all my thoughts, words and deeds by your word. Amen

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Remember Before Our God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 301 – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 – Remember Before Our God – Growing As Disciples

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.                                  1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NIV)

Mentioning

That has not been my continual everyday practice, I can tell you that for sure. What has not been your continual everyday practice? I have not been mentioning my fellow coworkers in Christ, every day in my prayers. Do you believe that it is critically important to pray for your fellow coworkers in Christ? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I am asking you to pray for your fellow coworkers in Christ? Yes, I do. Do you know that I will hear and answer your prayers as you continue to pray for your fellow coworkers in Christ? Yes, I do. If you believe and know all of these things, why have you not been continually praying every day for your coworkers in Christ? I’m not sure. I may not have been thinking deeply about engaging in that kind of prayer. I will tell you one thing for certain. What’s that? I will start praying continually and daily for my fellow coworkers in Christ. That will be very good.

There is something else that I know I will need. What’s that? I will need your help. I will need you to give me prayers to pray. I will need you to guide my prayers. I will need you to teach and train me how to pray. Do you believe that I will do all these things for you as you meet with me in prayer? Yes, I do. What else do you believe? I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. I believe that fruit will be born for your kingdom and glory will be brought to your name through the prayers that you give me to pray. I believe that work produced by faith will grow. I believe that labor prompted by love will grow. I believe that endurance inspired by hope in the Lord Jesus Christ will grow as you hear and answer not only my prayers but also all those who call on your name as they meet with you in prayer. Yes, all these things, and much more than you could hope for or even imagine will be accomplished as you and your fellow coworkers in Christ meet with me in prayer. Will you meet with me? Will you pray as I guide you? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will continue to pray for my fellow coworkers. Make us all faithful and fruitful workers in your kingdom. Help us to bear abundant fruit for you. Use our faith and hope and love in and for you to keep us joyously and energetically serving you. Amen

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Taught By The Spirit

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 – Taught By The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (NIV)

What Is True?

How will you know what is true? How will you know what is wise? How will you be able to distinguish the difference between worldly wisdom and spiritual truth? I won’t be distinguishing the difference between worldly wisdom and spiritual truth. Why is that? Worldly wisdom is what comes naturally to me. I live in this world. If I rely on myself and on my human understanding I will no doubt think and speak and act on human wisdom understanding and worldly wisdom. That’s true.

Is there something that you want from me? I want your wisdom. I want wisdom that only comes to me from your Holy Spirit. Is that what you are asking of me? Yes, it is. This is my desire. This is my prayer. I no longer want to think or speak or act according to human understanding and worldly wisdom. I am sure that a life that is lived based on human understanding and worldly wisdom will amount to nothing of lasting eternal value. I don’t want to waste my life. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good.

There are somethings that I have had enough of for a lifetime. What’s that? I have had enough of my feeble efforts. I have had enough of my insignificant accomplishments. I have had enough of my powerless efforts. I have had enough of working incredibly hard but accomplishing very little. No longer will I operate under my own power. No longer will I be guided by my own worldly wisdom. I have had enough, I will go no further without your help. I will take on no task unless you are giving me the power to accomplish it. Let me be clear, I find no fault in you. The fault has been in me. I have not asked for your help. I have not relied on your wisdom. I have not followed your instruction. There will be no more of that. That’s very good.

So, Holy Spirit I am asking for your help. Show me where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. Give me your wisdom and power and strength to do whatever I am being asked to do for you. I will wait and watch. Come now and fill me. Come now and empower me. Use me how you will. I will rely on you. That will be very good. I will give you all you need to do all that I am asking of you as you rely on me. That is what I will do.

Holy Spirit, I have heard, followed and acted on words of human wisdom. I have thought incorrectly, spoken too quickly and acted unwisely based on human wisdom. I want none of that. Teach me to hear, speak and act on your spiritual wisdom. I’m listening. Amen

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Love Must Be SIncere

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 288 – Romans 12:9-13 – Love Must Be Sincere – Growing As Disciples

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)

Love Others

I need your help. Without your help I will be a miserable failure. Without your help I will not be able to live as you lived or do what you did. How do you need my help? What are you asking of me? I need your help to be able to genuinely and deeply love others, with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. I have had enough of superficial and convenient expressions of love. I know that you want me to love and care for others on a completely different level. You want me to love others just as you love me. You want me to follow your example. Yes, I do.

What does genuine love look like? What will you do if you are loving others just as I love you? I will be devoted to others. I love and care for them just as you have loved and cared for me. What does that mean? I will enthusiastically and energetically and fervently help others who are in need. I will be generous and willing to share what you have given to me. What have I given to you? You have given me time, talent, and resources. Will you generously share your time, talent and resources with others? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

What else will you do for others? It will be my joy to honor others above myself. Life is not all about me. I will take the spotlight off of my own life. I don’t or want to be the center of attention. Instead, I will call out and celebrate the great things you are doing in the lives of others around me. I will allow my words to lift others up and spur them to keep on boldly living their lives to serve you. Not only will I lift others up with my words, but I will support them with my prayers, as they go through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. That will be very good.

Do you believe that I will help you to love others just as I have loved you? Yes, I do. That is my prayer. That is my hope. That is my earnest expectation and certain belief. I know that you will help me to love like you love, give like you gave, and serve like you served. Yes, I will, without a doubt. Thank you. Lord. 

Lord, I want to love others with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. Help me to love like you love. Give me your strength. Keep me fervent and energetic. Make me prayerful. I will run from evil and hold on to good as I serve you and others. Amen

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So He Got Up

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 280 – Matthew 2:13-15 – So He Got Up- Growing As Disciples

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:13-15 (NIV)

Warnings

I have blown right past those. What have you blown right past? I have blown right past warnings from you. Why is that? I have been busy. I have been preoccupied. I have been distracted. My heart and mind and life have been filled with so much activity, it has been hard for me to hear from you. That’s not good. No, it’s not. Is this the only reason you have blown right past warnings from me? No. it’s not. I have been self-reliant. I have been self-sufficient. I have been self-centered. I have thought that I didn’t want or need advice or guidance from anyone. Including me? Yes, I am sad to admit and say, “including you.” Many times, I have not received your guidance or followed your instructions. That’s not good. No, it isn’t, but it gets worse than that. How so? I have wanted, what I wanted, when I wanted it. I have not listened to hear what would be best for me. I haven’t followed your desires for me. Often, I have wanted and pursued what I wanted even if it was not good and right and pleasing to you. I have been stubborn. I have been strong willed. I have been independent. Most of all, I have been stupid. I have gone my own way and done my own thing. That’s not good. No, it isn’t, and I have suffered more than my share of bruising and brokenness as a result. I want no more of this kind of life. What do you want? I want what you want for me. I want to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to know and do your will. That is very good.

I have a question for you. I’m listening. How will you live your life differently? What changes will you make? I will listen attentively to you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will receive your guidance. I will follow your instructions. I will most certainly hear and heed your warnings. I will get up immediately and take the steps you are requiring of me. I will not linger. I will not wait. I will spring into action. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will live the life you are calling me to live. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you that you are watching over my life. You are guarding and guiding me. Help me to hear and heed any warnings of danger from you. I will get up. I will immediately respond. I will take decisive action to avoid the danger that is ahead of me. Amen

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Being Sure

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 266 - Hebrews 11:1 - Being Sure - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 266 – Hebrews 11:1 – Being Sure – Growing As Disciples

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Holding On

I’m holding on. I won’t let go. What are you holding on to? What won’t you let go of? I am holding on to you. I won’t let go of your promises. All the twists and turns and ups and downs of life won’t loosen my grip on you. Or maybe, I should more properly say, you will never let go of me. Nothing will loosen your grip on me. Which sounds better? Which is truer? It is far better and truer that you are holding on to me. I like the sound of that. Why is that? My grip is only so strong. I am weak. You are strong. I could let go, you would certainly not. So, it gives me great faith and hope knowing that you have me in your hands. You will never let me go. You have your firm grip on me. Yes, I do.

As I hold on to you and your promises, I know that I will be tested. How so? I have found that there is often a gap between the hearing and receiving of your promises. What has happened to you in this gap between your hearing and receiving one of my promises? As I have waited for one of your promises to be fulfilled, my faith is grown. Why is that? I have kept on believing your promises. I have kept on placing all my faith and hope in you. You have never let me down. You have never left me all alone. You have always been with me to help me. Have I always been completely aware of your nearness to me? Have I always seen your hand at work in my life? No, not always. There have been many times that I have been called to keep on placing all my faith and hope in you, even when I was in the midst of great and painful difficulty. In those moments, that is when and where my faith and hope in you has grown the strongest. It has been your plan for me to maintain my faith and hope in you even when my eyes or ears could not see or hear your promises being fulfilled in or for me. You have wanted me to walk by faith and not by sight. Yes, that is what I want you to do. That is how I have wanted you to grow. As painful as this process has been at times, I have not regretted it, nor would I ever wish it away. It has been very good and kind and loving of you to grow my faith in you and your promises. For that I give you all my thanks and praise. That is very good. 

Lord, I have placed all my faith and hope in you. I am sure that you will fulfill all your promises to me. Your word is good. You are trustworthy. I will rely on you. I know every one of your promises will come true as I keep on loving, following and serving you. Amen

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