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Honesty

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship (Proverbs 24:26; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).

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There’s just one way
For us to know each other, Lord –

That way is made of honesty,
And love.

But our confidence to speak
Depends on trusting

That we won’t be judged,
And will be understood.

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Christ in all

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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Christ in sorrow
And in bliss,

Christ in darkness
And in light;

Christ in fasting
And in feast,

Christ in wretchedness
And might.

Christ in beauty
And in shame,

Christ in sickness
And in health;

Christ in pleasure
And in pain,

Christ in poverty,
And wealth.

Christ in laughter
And in tears,

Christ in living
And in death;

Christ in confidence
And fear,

Christ in all –
Till our last breath.

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Each defeat

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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Faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; NLT).

Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).


Lord,
Having faith
Means knowing
You are with us,
And that we are always safe
In your hands,
No matter what suffering
Life brings
To test us.

Whatever we experience,
Please help us to grow
In wisdom,
And endurance.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Faith

Faith

‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner’  (Luke 18:13; NLT).

For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God (Hebrews 7:19; NLT).

…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings (Hebrews 10:22; NIV).

Father,
If only I were sinless,
I would approach you
With such confidence –
But that will never
Be the case.

Instead,
I must rely on your mercy,
And on having faith
That despite my sinfulness,
You unfailingly allow me
To draw near.

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The basics of faith

The basics of faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind (Luke 10:27; NIV).

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29; NLT).

But when my Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything (John 14:26; NLT).

‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve him only’ (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Father,
I love you
With all my heart, soul,
Mind and strength.

I believe
In your Son,
Our Saviour,
Jesus Christ.

Please fill me
With your Holy Spirit,
Our Advocate
And Teacher.

May I live
In your presence forever,
Worshipping and serving
You alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall
(2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people (Psalm 68:35; NLT).

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


Lord,
Please give me
The courage and confidence I need
To assert my boundaries with others.

Help me to be honest
About my limits,
Limitations,
Opinions,
Emotions,
And choices.

Then I will be myself with everyone
Speaking the truth in love,
Without suppression,
Anxiety,
Or fear.

I ask this in Jesus’ perfect name,
Amen.

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