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Let me start by asking you a question: It is now February; where are you with your goals for 2018? Or why do you have these goals? Would you consider changing them?

Typically, our main New Year's goals are focused on subjects like dieting, improving finances, or reading our Bible through for the year. Even though these goals are not bad, here are some things to consider:

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The Finished Work Of Christ's Sacrifice

John 19:30, "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."

"... It is finished: ..." The work of salvation is completely accomplished. When the work of salvation was finished on the cross, our sin debt was paid in full. In spite of intellectually knowing this Biblical certainty, we sometimes think our ministry, our faithfulness, or our perceived righteousness has some influence on our salvation - it does not. "... It is finished: ..." These things are necessary in our lives; not to affect our salvation, but because of it.

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Isaiah 12:1-6 

1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

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Philippians 3

It is already 17 days into the new year - the month of January is half over! How has your time in the Word of God been these first few days of 2018? I want to encourage you to spend each and every day with God in His Word. If you have struggled in your walk with the Lord so far this year, make today the day that you begin spending time with Him. Do not focus on the 17 days that are gone. Rather, focus on the 348 days that you still have and pursue Him with passion!

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James 1:21-22

Thank you for reading this devotional today. As these first few days of 2018 have come and gone, I pray it is already proving to be a great year. I pray more importantly that we are allowing God to do what He wants with our lives. There is no better way to live. As I was meditating on the thought of being used of God, the Lord took me back to a passage of Scripture that I had studied recently. He reminded me of what is necessary to live for Him. I would like to share some thoughts with you of how to live for God. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, I have found it to be a great place to start.

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