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May 18

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for being near to me this morning, encouraging me and guiding me. Thank you for the personal little gift that only you could give! Please be with my husband today, keep him safe and bring him home safely. Please be with my tiny dog, for his cough is growing worrisome. Please do not let him suffer, but be with him to the end, comforting him as he has always tried to comfort and support me. Thank you for caring for us all, my Lord!

Romans 8:1-6 ERV

So now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty.
That is because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death.
The law was without power because it was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do: He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that everyone else uses for sin. God sent him to be an offering to pay for sin. So God used a human life to destroy sin.
He did this so that we could be right just as the law said we must be. Now we don’t live following our sinful selves. We live following the Spirit.
People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do.
If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.

Lord, I want to follow your Holy Spirit. I want your life and your peace. I give this day to you and ask you to make your will known to me, so that I may follow you and do what you want me to do, rather than what my sinful self would desire. Lord, I need your help and your guidance. I depend on you, to do what is right. Help me choose rightly this day, and thank you for choosing me!


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