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     To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! AmenJude 24-25

Dear heavenly Father… Oh, the stockpile of riches assumed in this one liberating passage. While many clamor to “claim” more blessings from you, may 2014 be a year in which we come more fully alive to every good thing you’re already given us in Christ.

Already you’ve rescued us from the dominion of darkness and have placed us in the kingdom of your beloved Son, Jesus (Col. 1:13). Already you’ve blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). Already we’re completely loved by you because of Jesus’ completed work on our behalf.

As 2014 progresses, open the eyes of our hearts to see all these glorious riches more clearly that we might enjoy them more fully (Eph. 1:18-19). We rest and rejoice, in your covenant and capacity to keep us from falling. Though we may falter in the journey, the grasp of your grace is steady and secure.

When we waver in our adoration of you, you will remain constant in your affection for us. Even when you must discipline us in 2014, it will be in love—never in disgust or regret that you’ve adopted us (Heb. 12:7-12). We praise you for being the perfect Father to your daughters and sons.

All year long you’ll be at work preparing us for the Day when we come into your glorious presence. Indeed, Father, if this should 2014 be the year in which you call me “home,” I’ll stand before you, “without fault and with great joy,” only because you’ve placed me in Christ—the faultless, righteous, joy-filled One.

Our hope is built on nothing less, nothing more, and nothing other than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Because of your great delight in us, we find great delight in you. Because you rejoice over us with singing, we will sing the new song of the gospel forever (Zeph. 3:14-17).

Gracious Father, you are the only God, the only Savior—to you “be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” (Jude 25). So very Amen, we shout and pray, in Jesus’ merciful and matchless name.


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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