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Oct 21

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping me through yesterday, getting some good progress made despite my struggles. Please encourage me along the path YOU would have me to go, Lord. Challenge me and inspire me and help me to feel certain that you are with me and blessing me — even if I do not see a physical manifestation of your blessing and care. Help me to trust you completely, and to do your will courageously, Lord. Help me to be patient with my family today, and just hand everything over to you, Lord. I trust you, Father. The only thing I know for certain is: God is Faithful!!

Hebrews 6:18-20 ERV

These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. So these two things are a great help to us who have come to God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that is ours.
This hope is like an anchor for us. It is strong and sure and keeps us safe.
It goes behind the curtain.
Jesus has already entered there and opened the way for us. He has become the high priest forever, just like Melchizedek.

Lord, I thank you for the insights you gave me early this morning, about my progress being either ends (goals met, in themselves — like bearing spiritual fruit) or means (steps toward a distant goal, like building income), and I cannot judge them both the same. In fact, the ideal way is to not judge anything, but to accept things however they may be and just keep following the Shepherd. But when I feel I must judge my own fruit, I need to remember to do this fairly, not looking at the lack of income as proof of my total failure, but rather realizing that I just need to keep building, completing the steps towards that goal. On the other hand, I need to appreciate the manifestations of spiritual fruit as evidence of God’s work in me, and hold these separate from the longing for worldly fruit which are not at the same level of “ripeness”. Jesus does not curse the tree on which he is growing spiritual fruit in me, just because he (or more likely, me and other humans) looks at the tree where I am growing the worldly fruit of income and sees immaturity and less fruit there. The two trees are separate. One is for eternity and is bearing fruit NOW, the other is temporal and is slower to bear fruit — in my case, anyways. Lord, please teach me your wisdom and help me be humble enough to accept it, and courageous enough to keep going despite the lack of visible progress. Amen.


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