Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!
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“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (v 10 NIV)
How faithful You are to me, Father! How I desire to remain faithful to You, no matter what the cost to me! You alone are worthy of my true devotion and following.
When I chose to follow You, there was never a promise from You of an easy, pain-free road. Instead, You let me know that You expected me to deny myself (become selfless), to take up my cross (whatever suffering would come), and follow You (my ultimate example). I still choose to trust You as I walk forward in Your footsteps. Make me faithful, Lord.
“Only hold on to what you have until I come.” (v 25 NIV)
You have given me the words of life, the Truth. Let no philosophy of this world supplant that in my mind and heart. Keep me centered on the Truth of Your Word as You continue to make me just like Jesus. Amen.