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Only Believe…

Now a days our minds are so full of so many things that we are not sure what to believe. Listening to the news, watching TV, hearing what others are saying, and so much more. All these things can steal our focus off who we should know and believe in. 

We even look to ourselves for the answers. We trust ourselves more and more each day. 

One of the things that come in trusting and believing what we hear is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear that the circumstances in our lives will not go away or that they will not turn out the way we want them to. 

Fear can freeze you in your circumstances. You can’t move forward when fear comes in. Fear blinds you from what God is doing in you and for you. 

Mark 5:36

… Be not afraid, only believe.

 Mark 5:36

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.

 Luke 8:50

… Fear not: believe only

 ANDREW MURRAY – “Jesus, I believe in Thy glory; I believe in Thine omnipotence; I believe in Thy power working within me. I believe in Thy living, loving presence with me, revealing itself in Divine power.”

Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences. You will find it far simpler and easier just to trust and say, “I am sure He is all for me.” Get rid of yourself for the time”

“don’t think or speak about yourself; but

Think what Jesus is.

And then remember it is believe always”

 I like when he said “Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences.”

This is so true, the more we occupy our thoughts, our days, and our lives with what we feel or the things we experience, the more fear will come in and the more unbelief will come in and cause us to either go backwards in our walk or freeze us right where we are. 

The only way to keep moving forward in life is to be not afraid only believe in the one true God. 

 Mark 5:36 (PHILLIPS) “Now don’t be afraid, just go on believing!”

Look to Him. Know Him. 

 Psalm 37:3

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

(adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth)


Be not afraid that my coming will be to no purpose, only believe that I will make it turn to a good account.” Therefore fear not, faint not. Faith is the only remedy against disquieting grief and fear at such a time: let that silence them, Only believe. Keep up a confidence in Christ, and a dependence upon him, and he will do what is for the best. Believe the resurrection, and then be not afraid.

Lester Sumrall – Turning on the light reveals the reality that there is nothing to fear. This is a basic principle: much of what we fear will never bother us again if we see it for what it is. God is light, and by turning to God’s Word we can see that nothing should terrorize or paralyze us. By continuing to absorb biblical truth through daily reading and study, we will walk in the light as He is in the light; and in that blessed environment fear cannot get to us.

Romans 8:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose…

 So be not afraid, Only Believe…….

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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.—Hebrews 12:1


MHC- Inordinate care for the present life, or fondness for it, is a dead weight upon the soul, that pulls it down when it should ascend upwards, and pulls it back when it should press forward; it makes duty and difficulties harder and heavier than they would be.


Hebrews 12:1 (AMP) 

12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us…

There are so many unnecessary weights in our lives. Ones that entangle us in sin. 




This type of weight makes life harder and slows us down in the things of the Lord. 


We don’t need to be bound by this weight, we can lay it aside. Each person must examine their own life to see if they have anything that has weighed them down from running this race.


It may be something you have been holding on to, a grudge, or unforgiveness, or many other things that sneak in our lives. It might not start off big, it might just be a small attitude problem, but left unchecked and if allowed to continue will turn into a weight in your life. 




verb [ trans. ]

1 hold (something) down by placing a heavy object on top of it 

  • make (something) heavier by attaching a heavy object to it, esp. so as to make it stay in place 
  • weigh someone down, be heavy and cumbersome to someone. 


This kind of weight causes us to stay in one place. It does not allow us to grow in Christ. 


…let us strip off and throw aside…


Let us do this quickly and fast. As soon as the Holy Spirit shows you something in your life that does not belong and is weighing you down, cast it away, now. Do not entertain it or allow it to have a foothold in your life. You were made for more than that. 


Ephesians 4:27

Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].

He has no power over us except the power we give him. If we fill our lives with the things of God, there is no room for the devil to come into our lives. 

Fill my heart with you Oh Lord. Make me aware of all the things that try to come in and steal what you are doing in me. Open my eyes to the tricks of the devil. I surrender to you today. I give you my full heart. Reveal to me all those things that are weighing me down today. All those unnecessary weights. In Jesus Name!!

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I am always on His mind… 

What a thought. We can only think of one thing at a time, but God is all knowing. He can have you on His mind and me on His mind. 

 He is always working in my life. 

 Philippians 1:6

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

 Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

1 John 4:19

We love Him, because He first loved us.

It was not you who started the work. It was Him. He loved you first. He pursued you first. 


1 follow (someone or something) in order to catch 

• seek to form a relationship with (someone) in a persistent way

• seek to attain or accomplish (a goal), esp. over a long period :

2 (of a person or way) continue or proceed along (a path or route) 

• engage in (an activity or course of action)

  • continue to investigate, explore, or discuss (a topic, idea, or argument) 

 He not only is pursuing you, He intends to catch you. He is persistent in His pursuit. He will accomplish His goal. He is patient. He is longsuffering. 

 There is only one thing that holds up God’s pursuit…That is You… 

 Romans 6:16

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?

 Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek…

 You have to choose to surrender to Him. Choose you this day…

Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

He will not turn anyone away who calls on His name. 

Joel 2:32

And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved…

Acts 2:21

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

God will not stop His pursuit of you as long as you are here on earth. It is His will that all be saved. He is not a quitter. You may think that you have gone too far, or that your sin is too great, think again….He will not leave you nor forsake you. Call on Him today, He is right there…

 MHC – Wherever this good work is begun it is of God’s beginning: He has begun a good work in you. We could not begin it ourselves, for we are by nature dead in trespasses and sins: and what can dead men do towards raising themselves to life; or how can they begin to act till they are enlivened in the same respect in which they are said to be dead? It is God who quickens those who are thus dead, Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13. (3.) The work of grace is but begun in this life; it is not finished here; as long as we are in this imperfect state there is something more to be done. (4.) If the same God who begins the good work did not undertake the carrying on and finishing of it, it would lie for ever unfinished. He must perform it who began it. (5.) We may be confident, or well persuaded, that God not only will not forsake, but that he will finish and crown the work of his own hands.

We did not start this work, nor can we finish this work…

You are always on His mind…

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Thanksgiving in your heart….
So many times we forget where the Lord has brought us from. We start complaining about where we are at or getting upset because we are not where we want to be. 
We are complainers and do not have a Thankful heart… 
The children of Israel are examples of this, they compained against Moses, against the rulers,  against God and were not thankful for where God brought them from. They were so unthankful that they wanted to go back because they did not get what they wanted as quick as when they wanted. 
They forgot what He can do. They despised the pleasant land that God was bringing them to. They forget how good they have it. They turned to idols. They turned their children over to be sacraficed. 
The People Complain ] Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumedsome in the outskirts of the camp.
But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the Lord.
There are so many more scriptures. 
Do all things without complaining and disputing…
Apostates Predicted ] These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
MHC – “Do all things without disputing, wrangling, and debating one another; because the light of truth and the life of religion are often lost in the heats and mists of disputation.”
We lose site of what really matters. We lose truth each time we start complaining. Our heart gets harden to what God is doing in us and through us. We forget what God has done for us already. We lose our way. 
In the last days there will be many who fall away. One of the signs of a group of those people are the fact that they are unthankful. 
2 Timothy 3:1-5
New King James Version (NKJV)
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
complain |kəmˈplān|
[ trans. ] express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event : 
• [ intrans. ] ( complain of) state that one is suffering from (a pain or other symptom of illness) 
  • state a grievance 
  • make a mournful sound : 
  • groan or creak under strain.
When complaining it can be words of complaining or a sound. Maybe you don’t say anything, but your actions and sounds you make show what is in your heart. 
Grumbling is a trademark of the Scribes and Pharisees. 
Luke 15:2
New King James Version (NKJV)
And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Those who do not glorify God….
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Thankfulness is a trademark of those who walk with God. Of those who know their God. Those who remember where the Lord brought them through and know where they are going walk in Thankfulness. 
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Sometime to be thankful you need to stop and reflect on what God has done in your life. 
The Eternal Faithfulness of the Lord ] Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord…
Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy enduresforever.
saying:“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
Instead of being thankful we say give me more. I don’t have enough. I want it and I want it now and if I don’t get it now I will murmur and complain. 
Being thankful becomes personal. What has He done for you? Where has He brought you from? How has He touched your life? 
Even if you have not said anything out loud and no one around you knows what is in your heart, you can still have unthankfullness in your life. What ever is in your heart you act upon. Your actions are outward movement of what is in your heart. So as you hear your heart complaining or grumbling about a situation or a circumstances stop it before you act on it. Start Praising God for who He is and what He has done in you, for you, and through you. 
Stop right now and meditate, muse, replay in your mind, all those events of your past that God has brought you through. What has He done in you? Praise Him for it. What has He done around you? Praise Him for it. 
Have a Thankful heart!!!!  Be a Thankful Person…..
Matthew Henry – 
Thank God for the Scriptures
For the writing of the Scriptures and the preserving of them pure and entire to this day.
I thank thee that I have the Scriptures to search, and that in them I have eternal life, and that they testify of Christ; John 5:39(KJV) and that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16(KJV)
That whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for my learning, that I through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope; Romans 15:4(KJV)and that I have this most sure word of prophecy, as a light shining in a dark place. 2 Peter 1:19(KJV)
That the vision is not become to me as the words of a book that is sealed, Isaiah 29:11(KJV) but that I hear in my own tongue the wonderful works of God. Acts 2:11(KJV)
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that the things which were hid from the wise and prudent, and which many prophets and kings desired to see, and might not, 1 Peter 1:10(KJV) are revealed to us babes: even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. Luke 10:21(KJV)

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Your Past does not determine your future.

 We all have some kind of past that we are not too happy about. There are things that come to mind and remind us who we were. We do not have to act on those memories. Don’t let what has happened to you define who you are. 

 The promises of God are greater than my character flaws. All those things that are in me that are opposite of God’s character do not have to stay and do not have to determine what I am today. 

 The promises of God is greater than the confinements of your past. What ever you have been or where you have come from is not a determinate of your future.

 Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of your life…Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of who you will be or what you will accomplish in life…. (Claude Houde)

 Acts 17:26-28

New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And He has made from one blood[a] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

 You have been chosen by God…

 1 Peter 2:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

God is in control of your life. He is working in you and through you. Don’t trust in yourself or in man. 

MHC – That in him we live, and move, and have our being, Acts 17:28. We have a necessary and constant dependence upon his providence, as the streams have upon the spring, and the beams upon the sun. 

He has a plan for you. We need to depend on he providence. 

providence |ˈprävədəns; -ˌdens|

the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power 

• ( Providence) God or nature as providing such care 

  • timely preparation for future eventualities

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) 

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

MHC – He that in the beginning finished the heavens and the earth, and all the hosts of both, will finish all the blessings of both to his people. When he begins in ways of mercy he will make an end. God does nothing by halves. (2.) He will give them to see the expectation, that end which they desire and hope for, and have been long waiting for. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, nor the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith, the end which he has promised and which will turn for the best to them. 

Romans 8:28 (AMP) 

28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Be lifted up today…Have Faith, Hope, & Peace in knowing that God is working in you and will continue to work in you until Christ be formed in you. Do not let your past form you, let what Jesus did and is doing form you. 

Philippians 1:6 (AMP) 

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

He will continue developing and perfecting you…He is not done with me yet….Praise God!!! He is not done with you yet. Look to Him for today and for your future. Let Him change you. Let Him change your memories. Don’t let go of these promises. Hold on to them. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Cast down every thought, every memory, everything that tries to come up against what God has done for you and is doing in you. 

Say right now:

“No matter what scares are on me, God’s promises are greater….”

 What Satan means for evil, God will turn around for good….

You are His child. You are in His Hands. Let Him comfort you and change you today!!!!!

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Casually seeking of God
Luke warm… 
Draw unto God
Inner court, Outer court
Veil ripped 
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. You draw near to Him first. You determine how close to God you want to be. This does not pertain to salvation. You were only saved because He drew you to Him. You can not be more saved than you are right now. A person can’t get saved without God revealing Himself to them first. There is a level of closeness we can have to God based on how we live our lives. There is a level of hearing God based on the way we live our lives. 
People have a lack of hunger therefore they don’t draw near to God.
Psalm 42:1 as does the deer…
When I remember these thing I pour out my soul within me…
Vines: remember…more than just recall… Means: To retain in thought 
When I retain desire for God in my thoughts it causes me to pour out my out my soul within me.
We need to protect and increase our hunger for God. 
We can’t pray Lord give me more hunger for you… Prov. 27:7 satisfies soul loathe the honey comb…
Definition of loathe: to feel intense dislike for..: to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance : detest
We don’t loathe things because we are in a satisfied state. We are stuffed with things and are not hungry for the right things.
This is one reason why it can be said, good is the enemy of best… Something’s are good but are not God’s best. 
1 Corinthians 10:23
King James Version (KJV)
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 10:23 (AMP) | In Context | Whole Chapter
23 All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].
There are good things out there, but can hinder us in our walk with God. 
MHC-The hungry will bless God for bread and water, while those that are full think the greatest dainties and varieties scarcely worth giving thanks for. The virgin Mary seems to refer to this when she says (Luke 1:53), The hungry, who know how to value God’s blessings, are filled with good things, but the rich, who despise them, are justly sent empty away. 
Rev. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:…
People being satisfied, have need for nothing…so they think

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Your daily activities change the way you think. If you spend the day busy, busy, busy, with all the things of life and don’t spend anytime in the Word of God, Sharing the Gospel, Praying, Alone time with just you and God, You will have the thought of this world. Your ways will reflect those things and will not reflect God and His ways. 

Your motive must be right. Don’t change just because you think you will go to hell. Change because it causes your relationship with God to be less than it could be. It does not make Him love you less. He has not changed, you have. 

You have neglected…

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

Hebrews 2:1

[ Do Not Neglect Salvation ] Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

Hebrews 2:3

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him…

Matthew 23:23

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

We neglect the weightier matters…. We are so consumed with our lives and what we want, that we leave justice, mercy, faith and much more undone. 

We only see the things right in front of us. Even if we see the people in our own little circle, our focus still becomes too small. We need to ask God to show us His ways, His Mercy, His will and follow that instead of our own thinking  and ways. 

If you are doing that, great. But I know I have had many times where all I could focus on is the bill that is not paid, or the job, or my pain & wants, and I have left the weightier matters undone. My relationship with God is more than important than my work for God. Yes we still do good works, but we don’t leave the other to do it. 

As we walk in right relationship we will do those good works with right motives. 

So cling to Him. Cling to His Word. Cling to His ways. Don’t get caught up in this temporal world. 

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Disappointment leads into Discouragement then into Depression.


Why do we get disappointed? 


Disappointment is an emotional responds to a failed expectation, desire, hope, or dream we have. 


disappointed |ˌdisəˈpointid|


(of a person) sad or displeased because someone or something has failed to fulfill one’s hopes or expectations… • (of hopes or expectations) prevented from being realized.



Discouragement is a lack of confidence; being faint hearted.


discourage |disˈkərij; -ˈkə-rij|

verb [ trans. ]

cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm, • prevent or seek to prevent (something) by showing disapproval or creating difficulties 


depression |diˈpre sh ən|


severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.


O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.

Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.

As it is written, Behold I am laying in Zion a Stone that will make men stumble, a Rock that will make them fall; but he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall not be put to shame nor be disappointed in his expectations.

The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.

Our focus can create disappointments. Who or what we dwell on daily will determine our focus. Are we focused on who Christ is or who other people are? Are we focused on the circumstances or on the one who creates life. 

God has the answers. He knows all. He knows right where you are at. He is working in your life. 

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good workand perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. 


Disappointment, leads into Discouragement, then moves into Depression. 

When you get discouraged you have a divided mind. You can’t focus or do your best. You dwell on that one thing that is not what you want it to be. A job, a person, or a situation is not what you feel it should be. Daily it consumes you. A lot of times it is because we dwell on the past. Past failures, past relationships, & more. 

Continuing in discouragement causes you to make the wrong decisions. It leads to having no hope. We are not of those who have no hope. 

Trusting that God is working in you and in your life fights discouragement. It is about who He is, not who you are. It is His goodness, His power, His love. 

Come out of that discouragement. Make a choice today. Choose to believe God. Seek Him, put away those thoughts and actions that are contrary to His ways. 

Do not surrender to your emotions. You do not have to…

Turn to Him, He is with you. He is in control. He will work all things for your good. 

Refused to be discouraged. You do not have to give into the circumstances of life. Walk by faith, not by sight or feelings. 

Believe God has the ability to change your circumstances or to change you!!! 

He loves you!!!

Don’t stay there! Stand up to those feelings! Don’t give into them! 


Quote: Len Paxton, “You can still love someone, as a Christian, without receiving their discouragement into your heart and mentality. You must never accept anothers perception of you…. You Must; Must go on with your life. Just because someone makes you feel of no value; doesn’t mean you are of no value. They may not accept your new found determination to live your encouragement and value and purpose in God and may accuse you of feelings that are not true. Thats on them… Love them and pray for them but walk consistently with those who encourage and value you.”

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