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Our lives are filled with activity and hectic schedules and we have only been given a certain amount of days to accomplish what God wants us to do.

Since Adam and Eve, history has provided a probationary period to determine who will embrace and who will reject an eternal covenant relationship with the Lord. In the end, there will only be those who say yes to God’s invitation and those who say no and thereby choose to eternally separate themselves from Him.

Hopefully, there will come a point when we examine our priorities and realize that how we lived was more important than how well we landscaped our lawn, or how much money we made. I was driving past a cemetery the other day and I noticed someone placing flowers on a grave. I started thinking about what a powerful and positive influence these individuals must have lived for their loved ones to honor them. When it comes to those you have known that have passed on, what do you remember the most about them? To take this thought even further, what would you want everyone to remember about you? The Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol” reminds us that in the end we will be remembered for our love or the lack of it.

In Luke chapter 6, Jesus makes some profound statements concerning how important it is to learn the difference between being courteous and someone that is governed by genuine compassion.

These are difficult life lessons which include being sincerely generous, loving our enemies, blessing those that curse us, and doing good to those who hate us. Also included is the golden rule which is treating others the same way you want them to treat you. By the way, reading these passages reveal how little I have learned in my life and how much further I need to develop my spiritual walk with Christ.

Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to think about how God has blessed us throughout our life. If there are difficult and painful events in our past that still trouble us today, we can simply ask Him to heal us and give us strength to keep pressing forward. Forgiveness and restoration is His specialty, and He is always ready to fill us with His love, hope, faith, joy, and peace. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion’s fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore, will I hope in him” Lamentations 3:22-24.

I hope you will always remember to never give up on your prayers! God can transform us if that is what we really desire. Daniel prayed for three weeks and heard nothing but later discovered through an angel that God heard the first words of his petition and had been working behind the scenes on his behalf the entire time. A person who refuses to quit is one whom Satan cannot defeat! When we declare that we are hopeless or that God does not care, we have come into a powerful agreement that has unfortunately given us what we believe.

God is faithful, and it’s our commitment and confidence in Him that allows His love to change us into what Jesus died for us to be. Keep praying – keep seeking – keep obeying. His Word is true and He cannot fail!

Billy Holland writes a weekly column for HD Media. Visit billyhollandministries.com.