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Rick Warren - When God Changes Your Plans

Rick Warren - When God Changes Your Plans

You ever have one of those days when all your plans just get thrown out the window? And everything goes the wrong way, you know what I'm talking about? Yes. Have you ever had a day when you thought. "I should have just stayed in bed today, because literally everything went the wrong way". I remember one of those days several years ago, at Christmas time. It was an unforgettable day, that's why I said I won't ever forget it, when literally nothing happened right in my life. I remember I had had to stay up all night the night before because I had a number of deadlines that I had to meet, and so I started the day totally out of energy because I hadn't gone to bed. I had spent up all night.

So I had decided I would make myself a protein drink to get me all started for the Christmas day, and as I was blending it, the top came off of the blender, and it just blended all over me. Okay, and I got covered with stuff. So then I get in a car and I'm heading up the 405 to an appointment, and all of a sudden it's Christmas traffic and we're literally... We just come to a standstill. And so we're stopped in traffic, and I look behind me and I see a car coming at me at about 45 miles an hour, and I go, "Oh no". And he rear ends me, my head goes forward, hits the steering wheel, and I get a concussion. And so I'm going, "I'm going to have to go get that checked out at the hospital," something like that.

So while I'm sitting there waiting in the car for the highway patrol to come and check out the accident, I decided to turn on talk radio. And on the radio, there is a guy screaming that he wishes Rick Warren was dead. So as I'm sitting in the waiting room in this ER for this concussion, I realize that I have OBRO. I have been overextended, blended, rear-ended, and offended, all on the same day. And sometimes you just have those kind of days. If you're going through unexpected tough times and things aren't going the way you planned, you really did pick a good night to come to church, because we are going to look at when God changes your plan.

Now, first I want to just uncover some basic verses, they're on your outline, that representative verse of what God says about first, his plans for your life, and your own plans for your life. Let's look at some of these verses. Job chapter 25, verse two, says this, " God is sovereign, God is awesome, and everything in the cosmos fits and works in his plan". God is a planner, and God has planned everything in the universe, and he's planned everything in history, and he allows us to make decisions, but he fits that into his plans, but he's sovereign, and it all works in his plan. Next verse, Job 37, verse 12, "The clouds turn around and around under his direction, and they do whatever he commands throughout the earth".

God is in charge of the weather. The clouds turn around and around under his direction and they do whatever he commands throughout the earth, which is why God can walk on water, Jesus can walk on water, he could still the waves and calm him the storm because he created weather. We'll go to the next verse, Psalm 33, verse 11. "God's plans endure forever," his purposes last how long? Eternally, circle that, eternally. Now my plans sometimes don't last five minutes, but God's plans last eternally. Okay, his purposes last eternally. So when God makes a plan, they are... My plans are in Jello, God's plans are in stone. Isaiah 14:27, "When the Lord all powerful makes a plan, no one can stop it". Okay, nobody can stop it.

Now all of these verses we're looking, God is sovereign, everything in the cosmos fits in his plans, he controls the weather, he commands whatever happens, his plans endure forever, when he makes a plan, no one can stop it. They're all saying the same thing, you don't need to sweat it because God's in control. Some people freak out at every election, "What if my guy doesn't get elected"? You need to come back to these verses, okay? There's something bigger than elections and politics going on in the world, and it is the sovereignty of God. And I will tell you this, there are battles that are lost and battles that are won, but God will have the last word, and it is good. It will be good.

So why are you sweating it? Why are you acting like every little decision made by human beings, every little vote, is the end of the world? It's not. God is still in charge today as he was 10 years ago, or a thousand years ago, or a thousand years in the future. God has his plans and they are eternal. Look at the next verse, Proverbs 19, verse 21, "People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord's plans will happen". Okay? You can roll the dice, but God's going to figure it all out. In fact, Proverbs 16:33 says this, "We make our own decisions". Yeah, you have a freedom. God gave you free will, you can make decisions. You're not an automaton, you're not a robot, you're not a puppet, you do have free will. We make our own decisions, but the Lord alone determines what happens.

So the whole idea, if it's to be, it's up to me, really is a farce. Most of the things in your life, you had no control over, that are important. You didn't control when you were born, you didn't control where you were born, you didn't choose your race, you didn't choose your parents, you didn't choose your natural giftedness, you're not choosing when you die. Most of the major things that make you you, you had no control over. And to act like I'm the captain of my fate is nonsense. You could have been born a hundred years ago on another continent, to a very poor family, and you wouldn't have any of the kind of life that you have right now. We make our own decisions, but the Lord alone determines what happens.

Now, what does this have to do with Christmas? Christmas, the very first Christmas, Mary, Joseph, the angels, the wise men, the shepherds, everything in the story of Christmas illustrates what we're going to look at tonight, which is God is in control, and he often messes up our plans. The birth of Jesus changed everybody's plans. Just think about this, how about Mary and Joseph? Mary and Joseph had their plans changed in a major way. They are in the middle of their preparation, they're engaged to be married. All they want to do is get married, settle down, and have kids. And in the middle of their engagement, an angel comes in and says, "Oh, by the way, time out, I have a new plan. Mary is going to be pregnant, and you haven't had sex yet, and God's going to be father of the baby, and it's going to be a miracle of a Virgin birth, and the child will be God in a human body".

Right. Would that change your engagement plans if somebody told that to you? Yeah. Mary and Joseph had their plans change radically by the story of Christmas. Herod, the king of Judea, had his plans messed up. He's appointed by Rome, he's the king of Judea. He wasn't even Jewish, he wasn't a Jew. He was appointed by the Romans to be the king of the Jews, and he was so paranoid of being overthrown that he had his wife killed, his mother killed, his brother-in-law killed, and two of his sons murdered. This guy was a nut case. He was scared he'd lose control. And when he hears the king of the Jews has been born, he goes nuts and he orders all the children under age of two in Bethlehem killed.

Herod had his plans to be king of the Jews, God messed up his plans. The religious leaders had their plans messed up at the very first Christmas. They're expecting the Messiah to be a political figure, as if some politician can save the day. No politician's ever going to be your savior. And they're expecting a Messiah to come in and overthrow Rome. And instead of turning the other cheek, or go with the second mile, or loving your enemies, they're expecting a rat that will come in and clean house and kick out the Romans. And God does show up, but he says, "Love your enemies, go the second mile, turn the other cheek".

He messed up their plans big time. God messed up the plans of the innkeeper. He didn't plan on putting customers in a stable, but he runs out of room, and when Mary and Joseph show up that night, all he's got to offer is, "Well, you guys, sleep with the animals if you want to. We're all filled up, the inn is full, we've got no room". His plans got messed up. The shepherds had their plans messed up at the very first Christmas. They're just planning a quiet evening, sitting under the stars and in the moon, by the campfire, sharing stories... Moon by the campfire, sharing stories, maybe singing some songs, but in the middle of the night, all of a sudden, God lights up the sky and a light show, the angels show up in force, saying, "You guys go to Bethlehem and, see, the Son of God have been born".

God messed up their plans big time. So that's what Christmas is all about, when God messes up your plan. Has God ever messed up your plans? If I asked you to make a list of how many times your plans got messed up in 2021, it would probably be a long list when you think about it. We're coming to the end of 2021. Did this year happen just the way you planned it? The likelihood, it probably happened in no way that you planned it. Now, let me be clear right now. Not everything that happens in your life is God's ideal will. I'm not saying that at all. We mess up a lot of plans ourselves and other people do their share of spoiling our plans. But sometimes plans are messed up because God messes them up. They're custom made by God for you. What should you do when God changes your plans? That's what I want to share with you tonight. We're going to look at three things you need to remember when things don't go the way you plan them.

Number one, when God messes up my plans, it means God is trying to get my attention. When God messes up my plans, it means God is trying to get my attention. Now, God's plan for Mary and Joseph was so incredible he needed something supernatural to get their attention, so God actually sends an angel, one to Mary and one to Joseph. The angels explained to Mary and then to Joseph, this is what's going to happen. It was so amazing and supernatural, they needed a supernatural confirmation. Now for you, God doesn't need to send you an angel if you're listening, because he's already given us His word in this book.

Now, the truth is most of us are poor listeners and we're so busy talking that we don't have time to listen to God. We listen to the radio. We listen to the TV. We listen to social media. We listen to talk news. But God can't get through, and so God gets a busy signal. Have you ever put God on call waiting? Yeah, you have, you just didn't realize it. Now, look at these verses. Psalm 81: 13 says this: "God says, 'I wish my people would listen to me.'"

You see, when it comes to listening to God, I think all of us have ADD . We have attention deficit disorder. So God often has to change our plans because we're not listening. If we had been listening, we would have gotten in with His plan and He wouldn't have had to change our plan. But when God has to change my plan, it just means I was not listening. I went ahead and made my plans without consulting God, without talking to God, without considering, without listening to God. James Chapter 4, it says this, verse 13 to 15: "Now, listen," there's that word, listen. "Now, listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow will go to this or that city and spend a year there and carry on business, and we're going to make money.'"

Now, what's wrong with that sentence? Make it a plan to go to a city, spend some time there, do a business and make a profit. What's wrong with that? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. There's only one thing that's wrong with it: God isn't mentioned in it. They haven't consulted God. Is God in your business plan? Is God in your business plan? He said there's nothing wrong with making a profit. There's nothing wrong with building the business. But he says this: "Those of you who say, 'Today or tomorrow, we will go to this or that city. We'll spend a year there. We'll carry on business. We'll make money. Why, you don't even know what will happen tomorrow".

We could have a 9/11 tomorrow. Nobody knew the day before 9/11 happened. What was going to change our world for the rest of our lives? Nobody knew one day before COVID hit what COVID was going to do. "Why, you don't even know what will happen tomorrow". We don't know what's going to happen in 2022. "Instead," he says, "you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" So circle that phrase, if it is the Lord's will. Should you make plans? Yes, the Bible says we should make plans counting on God to help us. But we make plans, say, if it is the Lord's will, I'm going to go to this or that city plan a business, and make some money. If it is the Lord's will, I'm going to go to that college. I'm going to do that vacation. If it is the Lord's will, I'm going to do this or that or this. You bring God into your planning. If you do that, then God doesn't have to change your plans as often as he does.

Now, why does God want us to listen to Him? Spare us problems. To keep us from walking into dead ends. He can see ahead. He can see the future. You can't. God can see around the curve, the mountain curve. You don't know if somebody's coming the opposite direction, so you can't pass the car going up the mountain, because you can't see around the slow-driving trailer in front of you. But God can see all the way around Him. He can see the end of the road. That's why he says, "If it is God's will". We consult God. When God is changing our plans, it's because we weren't listening.

Proverbs 16:25: "There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death". How many times have you and I made a decision, headed down a path, and it was a dead end? You thought, "This has got to be the right thing to do. This has got to be the right person to marry. This has got to be the right investment. This has got to be the right," whatever, and it wasn't. You weren't listening. You weren't listening to God.

So often we make decisions that we thought was going to be right, but it turned out to be a disaster. The reason why was limited perspective. You can't see the whole picture; god can. You remember when you were a child, your parents had a larger perspective than you did, and they would tell you to do this, and don't do that, and do this, don't do that. Don't touch the hot stove. It didn't make a whole lot of sense. It looked pretty cool, but you didn't listen and so you got hurt. You got burned.

The same way, the Bible says there's certain things to avoid. When we don't listen, then we run, go down dead ends, and God has to change our plans. When God says, "I want you to listen," it's always for our benefit. When God changes your plans, it's always for your benefit. God knows the heartache. He knows the pain. He knows the grief. He knows the guilt that will result from a wrong decision. So God says, "I'm trying to get your attention". God got the attention of those at the first Christmas in dramatic ways. But, today, He can do it a lot less dramatically because we have His word.

Now, here's the second reason why God changes your plan. When God changes your plan, it means this: God has a better plan. God has a better plan than yours. God will never change your plan because yours was better. He will only change your plan because His is better. Now, we don't often see how it's better and that's why it takes faith. But God says, "I have a better plan," and scripture specifically tells us that there are three parts to God's better plan. I want you to write this down.

Number one, the Bible tells us that God's plan is always good. God's plan is good. One of the most famous verses in the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11, "'I know what I'm planning for you,' says the Lord". Remember, God has plans for you. Big plans, eternal plans, lifelong, but it's not an exaggeration to say God's plan go on and on and on forever in your life because His plans are forever. "God says, 'I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you a hope and I will give you a good future.'" Circle the word hope and the word good in that verse. God's plan is a good plan. So if I understand that, then when God changes my plan, I don't get upset. I don't get uptight because I know, "Okay, my plan's getting changed, god's got a good plan. It's a better plan".

Number two, it's a more rewarding plan. God's plan is more rewarding. Now I'm not talking about simply rewarding here on earth. That's part of it, but it's also ultimately rewarding forever and ever and ever in heaven. When I cooperate, when you cooperate with God's plan, it's not only the secret to significance now and satisfaction here, significance and satisfaction comes from following God's purpose and plan in your life. But it's also the one that will reward me forever and ever and ever. Look at this next verse. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9: "No one has ever seen or heard or even imagined what wonderful things God has prepared for those who love Him".

You cannot even imagine what God would like to do through you... God would like to do through you. If God were to show you what he'd like to do through your life, it'd blow your mind. You go, "Me? Whoa, are you kidding me? Little old me"? You have no idea what God would like to do through your life if you would follow His plan. See, God has a plan for your life, but He lets you choose. A lot of people miss God's plan for their life because they choose to go with their plan. You have no idea how cool God's plan is for your life if you will just start listening and say, "God, thy will be done, not my will be done".

What you want in my life. I don't know what I want because my want to is broken. We all have broken desires. I want to desire what you desire, God, and no one has ever seen or heard or even imagined the wonderful things that God has prepared for those who love him. I mean think about... let's go back to the first story. Mary and Joseph, you know what they wanted? They just wanted to get married. Normal, natural desire. We just want to get married. God's plan, I'd like to bless the entire world through your marriage. A little bit better plan. It's better and it's often bigger. God's plan will be bigger and better than your plan for your life. God's not going to give you a tinier plan than you have. God's going to... You're not thinking big enough because you're not listening to God. They just wanted to get married. God says, "No, I want to be bless the whole world through your marriage". So God's plan is good, god's plan is better and bigger, but here's the catch.

Here's the third one. This is the tough, but I always tell you the truth: God's plan is sometimes harder. You need to write that down. If you're looking for the easiest plan in life, don't go with God's plan. I'll say it, I'll be as honest as I can, if you're looking for the easiest plan in life, don't follow God. It's a mistake. It's dumb. It's stupid. But if you're looking for the easiest way out in life, it's not going to be God's plan because God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God's plan, I'll tell you from personal experience, I've been walking with the Lord for 60, 62 years now. God's plan for your life can be difficult, it can be confusing at times, it sometimes doesn't make sense, and sometimes God's plan involves pain because God here to coddle you and just give you every whim. He's not your genie.

God wants you to grow up. He wants you to be a woman of God, a man of God. He wants you to have spiritual strength, spiritual muscle. He don't want you to be a wimp. He wants you to not be a baby that whines at everything. So how do you grow? Through pain sometimes. We did a whole series on that for four weeks or three. 1 Peter says this, look at that verse on your outline. 1 Peter 4: "Dear friends, don't be surprised". In other words, don't go, "What"? "Dear friends, don't be surprised at the painful troubles and tests you suffer, as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you're sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when His glory is revealed".

So I'm being honest with you. God's plan for your life is better than your plan. It's bigger. It's a good plan. It's a hopeful plan. It's a plan that will be rewarded here on earth and in heaven. But it's not always the easiest thing, and you got to say, "I'm willing to put up with the pain in order to get the reward". You see, think about the plan God had for Mary. She and Joseph, they just wanted to get married. It wasn't easy for Mary to face the gossip as an unwed mother.

Remember, she wasn't married, she's pregnant. It wasn't easy for her to explain that to her mom and her sisters and anybody else. It wasn't easy. It was a painful plan that involved Mary riding on a donkey on a long trip to Bethlehem the day before she delivers. I wouldn't wish that on any pregnant woman, ride a donkey for days in the last final days of your pregnancy. I can't think of... There's no way to say that's going to be happy and fun. Then it wasn't easy for her to deliver her first baby alone by herself, without her mom, without her aunts, without any midwife.

Alone, first baby, in a stable, instead of at home with people around who could care for her and had gone through delivery process before. That wasn't Mary's plan, but it was God's plan. Mary must have asked a thousand times as she's going through labor in a stable by herself. "Why? Why, God"? You're going to go through those experiences in life when you're going through pain and you're going, " Why? Why am I going through this pain right now"? Not until later did she understand the full implications of everything that was happening and that it was all intended for good.

Now, that leads to the third thing you need to remember when your plans get messed up by God. God's trying to get your attention, God has a better plan, and here's the third thing you need to remember: God wants you to trust Him. God wants you to trust Him. That's why He doesn't explain it to you all in advance. He wants you to trust Him. Jesus said this to the 12 disciples who were following Him in John 13:7. He said to him, "You don't understand now what I'm doing, but you'll understand it later". I could give you a hundred examples from my life of that, where what was going on in my life at that moment, I had no idea why this was going on. I didn't understand it at all. I just hadn't the slightest idea why I was going through what I was going through.

Jesus said, "You don't understand it now, but you will let later". Why? Because God wanted us to trust Him. God wants me to trust. Imagine how God's plan tested Joseph's faith. Would you believe it if your fiance came to you and you knew that you had not had intimate relationships with your fiance and she comes and tells you, "By the way honey, I'm pregnant and the father is God". That would be a test of faith. Imagine how that tested, not just Joseph's faith, but Mary's faith. You see, God's plan was so different than their own plan. "Let's just get married and settle down in village and Joseph, you can be a carpenter". All they could do when they didn't understand was trust, and that's what you're going to have to do in those moments when you don't understand why the plan isn't going the way you planned it.

"I thought God told me to start this business and now it's going bankrupt," or whatever. Mary and Joseph, think about this, they did not even have all of the promises that we have today. We have the New Testament to encourage us when we don't know what makes no sense. They didn't have the promise of Romans 8:28, but we do. Look at that verse again. The Bible says, "We know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and we're fitting into His plans". They didn't have that promise. You know it. You've heard me teach on it hundreds of times. They didn't have that promise.

Why doesn't God explain His plan to us in advance? Well, I think there's a couple reasons. First, I think we wouldn't likely understand it. My brain isn't big enough to understand all the ways of God. If I could understand why God does everything he does, I'd be God, and I'm not and you're not. As I said many times, it's like an ant trying to understand the internet. My brain capacity as human being isn't big enough to understand all the ways of God. So I couldn't probably understand all of the factors in history.

But the second reason is God just wants us to trust him. The Bible tells us over and over, the only way to please God, the only way to please God, is not through ritual, not through rules, not through regulations, not through religion, but through faith. There on your outline, Hebrews 11:6: "Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him". So what do you do when you plans fall through, whether they're little plants like this weekend, or big plans? When life doesn't make sense, you keep on trusting. You just keep on trusting. God wants me to trust Him. God wants me to trust His wisdom. God wants me to trust His timing. God wants... God wants me to trust His timing. God wants me to trust His love. God wants me to trust His promises.

Listen, my friends, you guys know I love you. I pray for you all the time. I love you, and I teach you these things because I love you. When your plans get changed it is always, always a test. Every time your plans get changed, your faith is being tested, and you have to come down to the question, "Who am I going to trust more, myself or God? Am I going to trust God's wisdom, His love, His promises, or am I going to just trust my feelings"? How reliable are those? The truth is none of us know what's going to happen in 2022. We have no idea how that's going to happen. But I can be certain of this, and you can be certain of this. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. It is a good plan. No one can ruin your life.

Listen to me. No one can ruin your life. Other people can't ruin your life. Satan can't ruin your life. He didn't have that much power. The only person who can mess up your life is you because of the choices you make. I can tell you this, no matter what happens next year, God's going to change some of your plans. God'll change some of my plans, and I can tell you that God will be with you no matter what happens. I'm going to tell you this, that cooperating with God's plan is really the only rational way to live. It's the only way that makes sense, rather than to rebel against my creator. That makes no sense. That God who made me and created me for His plan and purpose, why would I rebel against His plan and purpose? How good is that going to work? Am I going to win on that battle? No.

Now let me just give you, as I kind of wrap this up, a verse I hope you'll put on a card and memorize for 2022. I really hope you'll memorize this, Psalm 138:8. Psalm 138:8 says this, "The Lord will work out His plans for my life. The Lord will work out His plans for my life, for His faithful love endures forever". That's one to hold on to. How do I know when I'm not trusting God's plan? How do you know when you're not trusting God's plan? Oh, it's real simple. Two warning lights, frustration and fear. Frustration and fear are the signs blinking loudly going, "Warning, danger, Will Robinson, that you are not trusting God's plan. You're trusting your plan".

Fear and frustration. What's all this have to do with Christmas? Christmas is the revealing of God's plan. All through the Old Testament God is hinting that He's got a big plan, but the people of the Old Testament didn't know the plan like we do. We're looking back because the plan, God's big plan, was revealed at Christmas. And what's that plan? Ephesians 3:9-11, and it says this. "God's secret plan has now been revealed to us, and it is a plan centered on Christ designed long ago, according to His good pleasure. And this is His plan that at the right time, He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ, everything in Heaven and everything on earth. And that was His plan for all of eternity, and it is now carried out through Christ Jesus, our Lord".

Stop freaking out about what's going on in the world. Stop getting so upset and getting ulcers over... Stop listening to the news. Just stop listening to it because it's all bad. And let me let you in on a little secret. It's not even news anymore. It's all opinion. The last thing you need are more opinions. Christ did not die for opinions. He died for the truth, and He died to set us free. So stop getting so uptight and so upset. God has a plan and it started before the foundation of the earth, but it was revealed at Christmas. That's why He sent Jesus to be your savior, not just to save you from sin, but to save you from all the effects of sin in your life. That's why the best news is the news of Christmas, Luke 2:11, "Today, a savior has been born for you. He's Christ, Christ, the Lord".

Have you accepted that Jesus as your savior? You know, you can celebrate Christmas year after year and never really accept the gift. Every one of us here tonight are in one of three spiritual categories, every one of us. You're in one of these three categories. Some of us are seekers and you're still searching for God. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with being a seeker. We all start that way. The wise men were seekers. Wise men still seek Christ. It's a sign of wisdom to seek God. It's okay to be a seeker. Take the time to make the right decision. But if you'll let God guide you, just as God guided the wise men to Bethlehem, God guided you here tonight to Saddleback saying, "All right, this is it. I'm offering you the solution to the problems and the pain and the frustration".

Some of us are seekers, but at some point we have to stop seekers and we move to the second category, saved. Some of us are saved. You already have a relationship to Christ, and you've accepted Him as your savior. It's not like you know about Him. You know Him. You have a relationship with Him. You're confident that your past has been forgiven. You have a purpose for living. You have a home in Heaven. That's the second here. Some of us are third category, which I would call stumblers and you know Jesus. But you've lost your way, and you've lost your contact.

Maybe COVID caused you to lose your contact with the Lord. Maybe years ago, you felt close to God, but somehow He just got crowded out of your life. This Christmas season come home to Christ. It's not hard. If you feel far from God, guess who moved? God didn't move. You did, and you are only a step away. Now, regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, I'm going to pray a prayer right now, and I want to encourage you to follow me in this Christmas prayer. As I pray it, you can just say, "Me, too". Let's bow our Heads. Just pray this prayer. In your mind, just say this in your mind:

Dear God, I realize you've been trying to get my attention, and I've known something was missing all my life. I just didn't know it was you. I admit I've been focusing on my plan, not yours. (And if you've been a seeker, say:) Lord, I've been a seeker, but tonight I'm stepping across the line from seeker to saved. (If you've been a stumbler, say:) I'm coming back to you tonight. I want things to change. Thank you for reminding me that you sent Jesus to be my savior. This Christmas I, again, accept your gift of salvation. Jesus, I want to turn from my own ways and start following you. I know that my own ways often end in dead ends. I want to learn to love you and trust you. And I'm asking you to replace the confusion in my life with your clarity, and replace the pain and problems and pressure in my life with your peace, replace my guilt with your forgiveness, and replace my fear of death with your gift of eternal life. I want to accept the Christmas gift of Jesus tonight. I humbly ask this in your name. Amen. Amen.

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