Light Shines in the Darkness

Kathi Pelton

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John1:5

During this time of Hanukkah that is celebrated by the Jewish people all around the world, I am reminded that even the smallest flame overcomes the darkness. It takes but one lit match to bring light.

I recently had someone write me and ask me this question,

“What is my purpose here on Earth?”

They felt purposeless. Yet, as a believer they contain the light of the Holy Spirit and their mere existence dispels darkness. Though their life (and every life) is created with a call to great purpose, if all they did was let their light shine it would have a significant impact.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15

I have a friend whose son was severely handicapped. In the 29 years that he lived he brought significant light to all who would come in contact with him. He could not speak, walk, or even feed himself but he could reveal light. His smile, his love for God and mankind was brighter than some of the most able-bodied people you’ll ever meet. He didn’t hide the light that was placed within him but let it shine like the steady flame of a candle.

During these eight nights of the Hanukkah celebration let us let our light shine forth for all to see. What greater purpose is there than to reveal the light that Christ has placed within us? He is the Light of the World and the darkness CANNOT overcome it.

Today we ask that our lives would shine with the light of Christ. In anymanner that we have placed our light under a basket we say, “No! I’m going to let it shine.”

(Day 33: The Yielding)

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He Gives Us Pure Oil

Jeffrey Pelton

This evening begins the celebration of Hanukkah with the lighting of the first of eight candles. The miracle that occurred over 2200 years ago is a picture of the light that has illuminated our hearts—a light of purity and a light of the miraculous.

We pray as Paul did in Ephesians 1:18; that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened—“filled with light”—that we would know the hope of His calling and His glorious inheritance in us, and that we would understand the greatness of His power to us who believe. This power is like the mighty strength He exercised when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:19-20).

This is a work of grace in our hearts and our lives. It is our Lord’s mighty power at work in us. We don’t earn it; we don’t cause it to come to us through effort. We posture ourselves humbly; yielding, trusting, believing that He is true and faithful, and that His Word is true. He will fulfill His purposes and promises in our lives. He is the Alpha and Omega—the beginning and end, the initiator and perfecter of our faith (Revelation 1:8; 22:13; Isaiah 44:6; Hebrews 12:2).

He faithfully began a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This work unites us with our Bridegroom, creating worship and faithfulness within our hearts, that we would be the “five wise virgins” with our lamps full of oil (Matthew 25:1-13), purified by the Holy Spirit, watching with the eyes of our hearts wide open and full of light.

The darkness of our present age is no match for the burning devotion—fueled by pure oil—that the Lord Himself is producing in His family. Just as the Maccabees refused idol worship and refused to be intimidated by the enemies of God, so we too enter the temple of the Lord to worship, to set aright those things that have been displaced, and to receive a miracle of power and devotion placed within our hearts by the One who performs miracles.

We need the oil of the Holy Spirit within us to keep our light burning in the night season until the return of our Bridegroom. His truth shines more purely and brightly within our hearts, and the light we release to others—bringing the light of hope to their darkness—will continue to grow in authority and power as we have yielded and find ourselves united in one spirit with the Lord.

This will display the true light that lights every man (John 1:9) and will release the power of the Holy One to restore us, our families, and our lands.

(Day 32: The Yielding)

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He Gives True Wisdom

Jeffrey Pelton

Wise children heed their father’s instructions.

When we were young, if we chose to not obey our parents or guardians, we could be easily misled, deceived, and manipulated. Even as adults, we are not always able to keep ourselves from being coerced and seduced by the enticing and flattering treasures of the world. If we think ourselves wise in our own eyes, we prove that we are foolish.

But fortunately, we understand from Scripture that in His kindness, our gracious God makes provision for us to understand true wisdom. He has made it available to us at all times, in many ways.

Wisdom calls aloud in the streets,

she raises her voice in public squares.

She cries out above the commotion.

At the entrances of the city gates,

she utters her speech…

Behold, I pour out my heart to you.

I will make my words known to you. (Proverbs 1:20-21,23 TLV)

The prophet Isaiah also reveals to us the heart of our gracious Lord:

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;

I was found by those who did not seek Me.

I said, “Here I am, here I am,”

To a nation that was not called by My name.

I have stretched out My hands all day long to a

rebellious people….(Isaiah 65:1-2).

He is always faithful, even when we are unfaithful. He longs that everyone would walk in truth and the counsel of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter who has come to lead us into all truth. He reminds us of the truth today, just as the Lord spoke to Joshua the high priest,

“If you will walk in My ways,

And if you will keep My command,

then you shall also judge My house,

And likewise have charge of My courts…. (Zechariah 3:7).

God went on to tell Joshua that He was sending forth His Servant the BRANCH, the One who, according to Jeremiah 33:15, brings righteousness and justice upon the earth.

As we listen and yield to Him, trusting and following His continual instruction, we will speak and act in true wisdom as we have been taught; we will be one heart with the great shepherd who loves us and all people, who is making us one as He and the Father are one. We will do only what we see the Lord doing. We will move as He moves, and love as He loves.

Wise men still seek Him!

(Day 31: The Yielding)

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The Heavens Declare His Glory and So Will Your Life!

Kathi Pelton

Today I was thinking about the power of declarations and the words from Psalm 19 began to flow through my mind and spirit,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1-4

A declaration does not have to consist of words; it can speak its message through creation, through visual beauty, and through the strength of the elements. These are demonstrations of His glory and majesty. Our lives, too, can declare, demonstrate, and pour forth speech without ever using words. As we walk in alignment and obedience to God’s ways and wisdom, we become a living demonstration of the glory of God for all to see. Our lives pour forth the speech of peace, love, and joy. It is in the posture of unity and oneness of spirit with Christ that the sons of God are revealed.

As we heed God’s instructions we are refreshed and what seems lofty becomes easy—simple and light—giving us joy.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.”
Psalm 19:7-9

Today, we yield to the instructions of the Lord. We wear them like costly jewels and like a crown of great wisdom. Proverbs speaks often of receiving wisdom and instructions; bringing great benefits to the son who listens to them. We ask the Spirit of the Lord to instruct us in ALL of our ways and we rejoice in the benefits that His wisdom will produce in our lives and families.

(Day 30: The Yielding)

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Stand Firm! Your Victory Comes From the Lord

Kathi Pelton

“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.” Joshua‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭

Do not turn aside to the left or the right…

The instructions of the Lord are a narrow road but one which provides great safety for all who travel its path. The right and the left call to us to turn aside from the absolute surrender to God’s truth and yet the Lord says,

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

In the 23rd chapter of the Book of Joshua, God’s people are not only exhorted to stand firm but they are also warned that turning aside from His Word will cause us to be joined to what the Lord has previously defeated on our behalf. It will cause disunity with God and a joining to that which will bring us harm.

“But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.” Joshua‬ ‭23:12-13‬ ‭

Many in the body have wavered to the right or left throughout history, causing them to be snared and caught in the traps that the enemy set for them. The beauty of God’s wisdom is that, as we turn back in repentance, it sets us back on track with truth and blessings. The amazing grace and gift of repentance allows us to move back into victory and begin to reap the rewards of faithful stewardship of the great call upon our lives.

The promises of God are without fail; there are promises of blessings as we walk in His ways and promises of discipline if we violate our covenant with Him. This is not a word of condemnation but a word of exhortation and a sober reminder to “stand firm”!

“If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”” Joshua‬ ‭23:16‬ ‭

We must heed the whole truth of His Word, not only the parts that comfort our souls. The good news is that if a man or woman has wavered and they repent, they are restored. This is a time that the Spirit of the Lord is setting His people upon the path of righteousness. He is carefully positioning us to walk in authority and victory with the King of Glory.

Today we yield and once again ask the Lord to do for us what we cannot do in our own strength: help us to stand firm and to align our steps with the covenant we were brought into when we gave our lives to Christ. We ask that all other gods will be driven out from among us and that we will no longer join ourselves to them. We chose to stand firm!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James‬ ‭1:12‬

(Day 29: The Yielding)

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You Are the Apple of God’s Eye

Kathi Pelton

As I prayed I heard the Lord speak these words,

“Like a father protects his children or a man protects the bride of his youth, so I watch over my children and bride with a fierce and jealous love. You are the apple of my eye!”

I could hear the cries of many sons and daughters who have faced battles sent against them. The Lord’s voice heralds louder than the sound of the battle and He has come to protect and restore the ones His heart loves.

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.” Psalm‬ ‭17:8-9‬ ‭

Though the enemy has surrounded many, it is God who sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies. Though the thief has stolen, it is God who will restore double, and although the accuser has taunted many with his mockeries, it is God who will rebuke him.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm‬ ‭23:5-6‬ ‭

Whoever touches you touches the “Apple of His Eye”. God Will not be mocked and will not allow His beloved to be touched without vindicating her. He is watching over the great transformational work that is occuring in His people just as He watched over and orchestrated the work done in the life of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3). He presides with detailed and tender care over your life. Those who have risen up against you will not be left without punishment.

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—”
‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭

Though this verse is specifically about Jerusalem, many Scriptures have dual meanings; it is for Jerusalem and for His chosen people (Gentile and Jews).

Today, thank Him for His care, His protection and the banqueting table that He has prepared for you. Vindication belongs to the Lord, so know that as you hide in the shelter of His wing, you can rest assured knowing that your life is in the hands of the King. He will rule over you with justice and mercy.

Also, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, whom God loves!

(Day 28 The Yielding)

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The God of Second Chances

Kathi Pelton

To be saved is to be given a second chance. When Jesus paid the price for the penalty that sin had brought against mankind it created a way for every man and every woman to receive a second chance through a full pardon.

As I’ve been studying the third chapter of Zechariah I see such an amazing illustration of God giving someone a second chance. Joshua the high priest’s second chance was purely an act of grace. He had been soiled by his iniquities and bombarded with accusation—most likely true accusations. Joshua needed a second chance!

God did what only He can do by rebuking Satan and His taunts of accusation. Though many of the accusations may have been based on actual iniquities, we must remember that the enemy can only accuse…HE CANNOT CONDEMN! God is the true High Priest and Righteous Judge over all men. Though our lives and actions may have given cause for accusation, we must remember that there is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2

Just as God cleansed Joshua the high priest, gave him new garments, and restored his position, so He has done for everyone who has accepted the ransom for their sins through the price that Jesus paid on the cross. But it goes even beyond that: we are given a second chance to live in freedom from the sin that leads to death.

“…the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

We have not only been saved by grace but clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God comes and lives within us, causing us to now walk in freedom from sin; giving us wisdom, counsel, and power.

Romans 8 goes on to say,

“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4

We are free to follow the Spirit of God. God declared an end to sin’s control over us! The enemy still loves to whisper thoughts that accuse or replay past regrets, but we can say to those thoughts, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Declare the words from Romans 8:1 every time an accusation brings up guilt, regrets, and dread,

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

The enemy wants you to come into agreement with accusation so that he can snare you with false alignments and with old captivity. Condemnation is gone, the price has been paid, and sin’s control has been broken over your life. You are now the recipient of abundant and eternal life!

Obedience to the Lord is necessary to move forward in maturity and authority, but it is the power of the Spirit within you that helps you to walk in God’s ways. It is the oil of His Spirit that anoints our heads, gives our feet steps that are pleasing to the Lord, and purifies us from all iniquities.

Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (AMP)

He is the pure olive oil that keeps our lamps lit as we await our Bridegroom’ return. Today, we yield to the oil of the Spirit, who causes us to walk in purity and holiness. We turn our dependency from our own strength to the Spirit. We will walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. He is our second chance!

(Day 27: The Yielding)

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Lost Things Suddenly Found

Kathi Pelton

Twelve years ago I lost a necklace that had been given to me while my husband and I were the directors of a house of prayer in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. We had been praying daily for Israel and the Jewish people. A dear friend felt to send me the necklace that had upon it a menorah, the Star of David and the Christian symbol of a fish which is a Greek symbol that translates into, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”.

I was very sad when I lost it. I looked everywhere, and asked God for its return but never located it. In the years since then, our family moved back to the United States, and we have lived in five different homes and two different states. This week as I put away the boxes that held our Christmas decorations, something dropped on the ground in front of me. I looked down and saw the part of the necklace that has the menorah, Star of David and the fish (not the chain, only the charm). I was shocked. We have celebrated Christmas twelve times since it was lost (and it wasn’t lost at Christmas time), we’ve bought new containers for all of our Christmas decorations over the years and emptied the boxes a dozen times, and never seen the necklace; but nevertheless, there it was!

As I picked it up the Holy Spirit spoke to me,

“This is a sign for many that things lost will suddenly and miraculously be found. Not only objects but lives that have been lost will be found.”

These words reminded me of the story in Luke 15 about the lost sheep and lost coin,

““Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

““Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” Luke‬ ‭15:4-10

These two stories come right before the story of the prodigal son. God cares deeply about lost things and lost loved ones. He heard my prayer twelve years ago to recover my necklace, and though it appeared that it was forever lost…suddenly it was found among the decorations that we put up to celebrate the birth of our Messiah. This necklace that symbolically announces “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” to the Jews was found within these items that celebrate our Savior’s birth.

As we’ve been meditating on Zechariah 3, where Joshua the high priest is “plucked like a brand from the fire”, we encounter a beautiful picture of Lord taking back what was stolen from him (this one who was lost). It was a sovereign and miraculous act that caused Joshua’s life to be restored and recovered.

When Mary said to the angel of the Lord, “Be it unto me according to your word,” that one act of yielding became the doorway of the entrance of our Savior. As we continue to yield our lives and say to the Lord, “Be it unto me according to yourword” then we too become a doorway for others to see the Messiah. Our lives become the manger in which He lays His head. We become like the star that led wise men to come to him and like the angels that announced the Savior’s birth to the shepherds. Our lives announce the Good News that says to all who are lost,

…“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭

This Good News continues,

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”” Luke‬ ‭2:12‬

‭I believe that my lost necklace being found is a sign for us all. It is a sign that the lost will be found. I also believe that the symbols on this necklace are symbolic of the salvation of Jews; light is coming to reveal that their Messiah has come and He is “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”

Today as we yield our lives to the will and word of the Lord we pray for the lost. We come into agreement with the intercession of Jesus our Savior for both wise men and shepherd to have eyes to see and ears to hear that their Savior has invited them to “come”. We will see lost things recovered suddenly.

(Day 26: The Yielding)

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Your Debts Have Been Paid

Kathi Pelton

I woke up this morning with a line from the worship song, “One Thing Remains” playing over and over again in my mind,

“My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love.”

We were born into a world that already had victory, jubilee, and eternal life provided for us before we ever took our first breath.The offer and invitation into forgiveness and full pardon had been paid for two thousand years before our existence; before we ever sinned or ever allowed iniquities to touch our lives. Our only requirement was “yielding”. His love paid the price for every sin of every man. All debt cancellations have been provided for by the grace that comes from His great love.

As we’ve entered the month that Christians celebrate the birth of our Messiah, let us remember how this Great Love entered the world that He created as a vulnerable infant. He left His throne to be born in a stable where a young girl would be his mother; a young girl whom He created. What kind of love allows such vulnerability? He came to pay our debt of sin knowing that many would not ever open and receive the greatest gift mankind was ever offered. Yet still He came. He came as an infant and died as a spotless lamb; the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.

Today, may we remember and rejoice in Jesus our Savior.. For we have been given eyes to see and ears to hear salvation’s song. We have received the greatest gift the world will ever know. Our debts have been paid and they are remembered no more! We are free from the captivity of sin’s slavery and can now walk in the way, the truth, and the life. Like Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3) we are “brands plucked from the fire”. Nothing can separate us from His great love!!

May we be awakened from our slumber to experience the joy that has been set before us…a Savior and a King. May we yield, and receive the fullness of everything the gift of salvation has offered us. May we shake off the slumber that tries to separate us from first love and wipe the sleep from our eyes so that we may see clearly. The King is on His throne and we have been seated there with Him!

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6

We celebrate the honor and joy of walking with Him. We celebrate that our yielding has become the doorway to live in all that His life, death, and resurrection provided. Today we once again yield to Him that we might fully embrace abundant life!

(Day 25: The Yielding)

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You Are Being Handed a Blank Check

Kathi Pelton

Yesterday God moved powerfully at our church in Portland, Oregon (USA). It was a time where God was blessing the generations to walk as one together. First the fathers and mothers laid hands on those between ages 20 to 30; releasing the blessing of what we carry and the fire of God upon their lives. Then the younger generation turned and blessed the fathers and mothers. It was a powerful and beautiful time.

When one of the young men came to pray over me, he saw God hand me a blank check. He then said that the Lord trusts me and is giving me this check to fill in whatever I wanted to ask for. Immediately the word “Wisdom” came to mind. In my spirit I could see that word being written upon this check. As I silently whispered the word “wisdom” the young man said, “I see the wisdom of Solomon coming upon you.” It was as if this check was cashed immediately. I was having a 1 Kings 3 moment.

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:5-9

Solomon asked for a discerning heart; the wisdom to lead people in the way they should go and to distinguish between right and wrong. To have this kind of wisdom is to come into alignment with God’s Word and ways. As soon as I asked in my heart for wisdom I heard a sound in my spirit, it was the sound of something large shifting that caused it to lock into place with something else. I knew that wisdom was the key to walking in the fullness of unity with my God in the days to come.

God’s response to Solomon’s request was this,

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:10-14

Solomon received more than he asked for and with this answer he was given further instructions (wisdom),

… And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.

Solomon was given a choice. He was being asked to yield his life in order to walk in obedience to the Lord and to keep His decrees and commandments. This was the wisdom that would unlock the promise of long life for him. It would secure his future.

Throughout the scriptures we often see that immediately following a sovereign act of God there is an invitation for the people to yielding their lives to walk in His ways for the sake of remaining in the blessing and breakthrough they received. In Zechariah 3 we see this happen once again. Immediately after the Lord clothes Joshua the high priest in the new garments, He gives him the key instructions that will secure his future and his blessing.

““This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.” Zechariah 3:7

“If you…” These are the words of the invitation into intentional surrender. This is where we yield our will and say like Mary, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

Grace saves us and then then invites us into the yielding of our lives to walk in His ways. Today we can ask for a discerning heart and for wisdom but do not ignore the “If you…” that follows. It is what secures your future.

(Day 24: The Yielding)

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