Father in Heaven, I pray you would send an arrow to quicken in YOUR people, the ones who say they love You, the desire to truly serve YOU, & ONLY YOU, for You said to Your people: “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God (Ex.20:5). Cause those who like to call themselves Yours to make a firm commitment, and behave accordingly, choosing this day Whom they will FOLLOW (Josh.24:14,15; John 14:21), not merely give lip service to.

Bring Your Words alive, that inform us that of righteousness can only come from Your Son (Phil.3:9), and that this in no way lets us off the hook, but rather calls us to deny self, and remember that Jesus/Yeshua instructed us to: “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Convict each one accordingly, to realize that we will be held accountable for how we walked out Your Word.

Thank-You, Father, that we were not left as orphans, (John 14:18), for we have Your Holy Spirit to empower us, as well as guiding, directing, and showing us the way. Thank-You, Lord Jesus/Yeshua, that You came to make a way for Your people to be free from the bondage of sin. Thank-You that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, Your righteousness can be realized in our lives; for now, having been set free from sin and having become enslaved to You, we have our fruit resulting in holiness. And the outcome is eternal life. For sin’s payment is death, but God’s gracious gift is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord” (Rom.6:22-23).

Thank-You, Holy Father, that we no longer need allow sin to rule in our mortal bodies, for by “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”(2 Cor.10:5), we can have complete victory. May Your people experience the freedom of being enslaved by Your righteousness (Rom.6:19), resulting in holiness, having exchanged the bondage of our members to all manner of sin, for freedom that comes from obedience, surrendering our members to Your purposes (Rom.6).

Put it into the heart of each believer to “love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and body, to want to please Him, to want to do according to His ways, laws, wishes, “For this is the love of God—that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

Make each believer realize that to whatever/whomever we yield, that is our source, our “god”; so make us to turn away from all fleshly desires of this world, no longer to be enslaved by that behaviour or system, whether it be addictions, fornication, etc., but rather yielding our bodies and minds in service of Your Kingdom, becoming, as “Paul, a slave of Messiah Yeshua, called to be an emissary and set apart for the Good News of God” (Rom.1:1). In Jesus/Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

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