Father in heaven, I am so grateful that I ”did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, I received the Spirit of adoption, by whom I can cry, “Abba! Father!” . . . .  Thank-You that I am YOUR child. And if I am a child, an heir—heir of God and joint-heir with Messiah” (Rom.8:15-17); “And if I belong to Messiah, then I am Abraham’s seed—heir according to the promise.” (Gal.3:29). Thank-You, Holy Father! What an amazing, and unmerited privilege! I lock down, & seal that understanding; I lock down & seal my identity in Jesus/Yeshua Messiah.

Deal bountifully with me, Lord, that I may live and keep Your Word. Open my eyes, so I may behold wonders from Your Word. Take scorn and contempt away from me, for I have kept Your testimonies. Teach me Your statutes. Make me stand firm with Your word. Turn me away from deceitful ways, and be gracious to me with Your Word. Teach me the way of Your decrees, and I will follow them to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep Your Law and observe it with all my heart (first set of passages, Ps.119).

I will keep Your word in my heart, so that I will not sin against You. I will not, for instance, right now, partake of the fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, and whatever else people are getting caught up in because of the COVID virus, and the economic impact, for I put my trust in YOU. I will not sin by putting my trust in man’s rationalizing, deducing this or that. My desire is to be obedient to You, and that means trusting in YOU. I will rehearse and study Your Word daily and rejoice in the testimonies of all You have done for Your people, and connect the dots to all You have done for me. I value this above all wealth. 

With my whole heart I will seek You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Motivate me to put Your word in my heart, that it can never leave me, and that I might not sin against You.

Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes.

I will regard Your ways.  I will delight in Your decrees, & will never forget Your Word. For I have sought Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies/all You have done before those You place before me, and never be ashamed.  I choose to delight in Your laws/ways, rather than seeing them as a burden. I love Your ways. In fact, I will follow Your guidelines/laws in all that I do, and meditate on Your decrees, for it is my heart’s desire to follow You in every way (second set of passages from Psalm 119).

I will meditate on Your precepts, going deeper into Your Word. Bring me higher and closer; take me deeper; and I will soar like an eagle, even if the world around me looks like it’s falling apart. 

Thank-You, heavenly Father, that You teach me, and enable me, by Your Spirit, to walk in Your ways. Thank-You that, by Your Spirit, I am so able to fully surrender ALL that  I think, speak, do, & am to You, and therefore am free from fear, anxiety, & worry; that I care not for the things of this world, & whatever comes out of the present circumstances, for my peace of mind comes from YOU, & not from my circumstances. What a joyful thing it is to put all my hope, trust, and faith in YOU. In Jesus/Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

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