Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide. Now this is the God with whom I am intimately familiar. How about you? Again and again, there are times where it may seem to never be enough. God sees everyone of our needs […]

Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide. Now this is the God with whom I am intimately familiar. How about you?

Again and again, there are times where it may seem to never be enough. Perhaps your area of not enough is in your finances. You see nothing but bills in view. Another area might be with your level of strength. You give and give and give and pour out to so many others in your life that there is never enough for yourself. Your time gets away from you and your patience is insufficient.

God sees every one of our needs, those we openly share and talk about with friends and loved ones, as well as, those needs we try to hide or prefer not to share with others. God, Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide, supplies what we need in forethought to our problems or concerns, and will, in His sovereignty, bring those resolutions to light. When there appears to be no solution to be found, Yahweh Yireh is on the scene.

As our provider, there have been times when God has showed up for us when there was no other way out or through. Without his provision, situations could have potentially caved in around us.

But God!

I don’t know about you, but it is my desire to aspire to never forget the past ways that my provider, Yahweh Yireh, has made for me. He has shown to be a God who is faithful and even in a worse case scenario, His proven track record gives me comfort and peace. 

Let’s take a look at Abraham and how the Lord provided for him.

In Genesis chapter 12, we read about how Abraham was called by God. God told Abraham to leave his native country, his relatives, and his father’s family, and go to the land that He would show him. God’s promise to Abraham was to make him into a great nation. God declared that Abraham would be blessed.

As we move forward to Genesis chapter 15, through a vision, God spoke to Abraham and told him not to be afraid. God would protect him and his reward would be great. Though God promised to make Abraham into a great nation, God had yet to give Abraham any descendants of his own. Abraham began trying to come up with a solution that he was responsible for. Abraham rationalized that one of his servants would be his heir. But Yahweh Yireh, The Lord Will Provide, had other plans.

5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

GENESIS 15:5-6 NLT

It’s very important that we see here that Abraham (then known as Abram) believed the Lord. The things that God wants to provide to us, those things that go beyond our normal needs, are things in which we must believe, in order to receive.

Without belief, those shut doors cannot be opened.

God made a promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, together, that would be their blood heir through which many descendants would follow. This disclosure of the promise was only the beginning, as this would ultimately lead to Jesus Christ, our High Priest. He provides a way that now allows us to go to God, the Father, for ourselves through Him.

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We Interrupt This Blog for a Prayer Break

Lord, as I continue through this season of life in anticipation of all that You have in store for me, grant me the strength and the wherewithal needed to remain calm in the process. God, I trust and believe, that in spite of any recent events, I am headed to the other side, right smack dab in the middle of my Overwhelming Victory. Even when I cannot see the outcome that I am praying for […]

Lord, as I continue through this season of life in anticipation of all that You have in store for me, grant me the strength needed to remain calm in the process. God, I trust and believe, that in spite of any recent events, I am headed to the other side, right smack dab in the middle of my Overwhelming Victory. Even when I cannot see the outcome that I am praying for and everything points to defeat, I will remain calm and will seek You and rely on your omnipotent power.

Thank You Lord for all things, big and small. 

Lord, You placed in my spirit and heart to speak Your Word through intentional prayers. Lord, thank You for giving me a vision and a plan. Help me to read through each prayer, aloud, God, and to use my voice to connect with You. Continue to speak to me and give me guidance in the direction You want me to go.

As I write, Lord, I ask You to speak through me, and use me for Your glory. Don’t allow it to become a chore or just a way to pass the time or a routine; but instead, God help me to continue to grow in my knowledge and understanding of who You are and have always been in my life. Help me to retain what I am learning and also, be a blessing to others, all for Your glory.

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Have Joy Much? You Choose!

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, oh the joy that fills my soul. Lord, You have promised me that I can have joy even in the midst of everything that comes my way. Lord, there are times when life can become overwhelming and my heart grows weary. You never said that life would be easy; but, because You are omnipresent, always with me, I can take refuge in You […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, oh the joy that fills my soul. Lord, You have promised me that I can have joy even in the midst of everything that comes my way. Lord, there are times when life can become overwhelming and my heart grows weary. You never said that life would be easy; but, because You are omnipresent, always with me, I can take refuge in You. God Your Word tells me that those who take refuge in You have every right to rejoice. I can sing joyful praises forever.

I will rejoice in the Lord, the God of my salvation!

God, I pray and I petition for your protection to be spread over me and those who are Your children, so that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Lord, waiting can be strenuous. Waiting is a test of my faith and the process sometimes puts me in difficult and trying situations, in which the joy and hope that I long to exhibit escapes me. Yet, when I become weak in my faith, I can celebrate because the joy of the Lord is my strength. I am renewed in my spirit and I can begin a new day knowing that You are close to the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit.

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No Excuse

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, in your sovereignty towards me and all of creation, Elohim, God, Mighty Creator, every day is a new day that, without reservation, Almighty God, You grant to me. I am afforded another moment to live my life with You as my wonderful counselor and to continue the development of my intimate walk with my shepherd […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, in your sovereignty towards me and all of creation, Elohim, God, Mighty Creator, every day is a new day that, without reservation, Almighty God, You grant to me. I am afforded another moment to live my life with You as my wonderful counselor and to continue the development of my intimate walk with my shepherd. I have one more window of opportunity to obey and follow Your commands more closely.

There is no excuse for giving up.

I am reminded that, I still dare to hope, because the faithful love of the Lord never ends! Your mercies never cease. Great is Your faithfulness; Your mercies begin afresh each morning.

When I do not identify the next steps to take, all I have to do is cry out to You, my God, for help. You are readily available to lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

There is no excuse for not knowing Your purpose and plan for me, when I seek You and connect with You through my daily prayer.

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Do Not Be Afraid! It’s in Process!

Psalm 27:1 (NLT) says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” When troubling situations come to block our view of God, we must focus on God’s sovereignty and remember the past deliverance’s. We are to find ourselves trusting in the God that we serve […]

Glad that’s over!

What am I referring to, you may be curiously asking yourself? I know. I know. You’re just about on the edge of your seat with anticipation of what’s to come. With every approaching holiday, that is sometimes my concern, as well, “what’s to come”.

I’m one of those people that doesn’t really care for holidays. For me, they often bring up feelings of despair and chaos from times past. These memories can keep me on high alert for the duration of the day. I never seem to really enjoy them. Sometimes, even feelings of loneliness or isolation begin to surface. Inaccurate thoughts are set in motion about how everyone else is enjoying their day, but I’m left with unwelcome recollections floating around in my mind.

My dad brought a message one time regarding “Trauma Triggers”. Satan likes to broadcast our bad memories on a repeat cycle. These trauma triggers take us back to those times and places where we were in great distress. They aren’t happening now; regardless, they are appearing to be real, and often hindering us from enjoying our lives. Our focus is off, which hinders us from seeing how far God has brought us and the miraculous works He has already performed in our lives.

A year ago, yesterday, I was at the beginning of what seemed to be a point of deliverance in my prodigal sons’ life. I spent most of the day looking in on him at a resource meant to provide help, in order to bring him up out of the low place he found himself in. That ended up not being the solution that I had hoped, and I awakened on yesterday feeling a little defeated.

Reflecting back over the year, the complete and total deliverance that I had prayed for still seems to be unanswered. I have been through many ups and downs, heartaches and disappointments during this wilderness experience. I felt like I should have, by now, seen much further progress in various areas; yet, all I can really see are baby steps.

I went to bed and rose just a bit agitated and down in my spirit. He is home and safe, but this past year was, in my mind meant to be a year of giant steps forward.

As the day progressed and he began to move about, a level of fear came over me. Holiday’s in the past meant dealing with so many unknowns. Will he come home? Will he be safe? Will the day’s events cause setback in the healing process? Those feelings became a bit overwhelming.

As time progressed, and the day appeared to be truly uneventful, I realized that I needed to release my fears and anxieties to the Lord, so that I do not remain stuck in this place for years to come.

As I look to God’s Word for a resolution to this recurring issue, I find several passages of Scripture that give me direction for what concerns me.

Psalm 118:6a (NLT) says,
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.

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Heavenly Benefits Package: You are Set Free

I have exciting news for you! When we accepted the offer of salvation that was made to us, we became recipients of a “Heavenly” benefits package. When we said Yes Lord, we received a benefits plan filled with exciting, reliable, and unique advantages to meet our every day needs […]

It’s your first day in your new position. Orientation has just begun. You are so worried about doing a great job and living up to your employers’ expectations that you’re not fully focused on this part. Your immediate goal is to impress everyone and really show them what you have to offer. 

First stop, the Human Resources department. The HR representative is moving pretty fast. You hear words, but you aren’t really as attentive as you should be. You are not quite catching all of the benefits available to you. “Sign here please. Sign there. Here’s your copy.”

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You make a mental note to read it all later; but for now, you’re ready to jump right in to the work of it all; what you feel is most critical.

I have exciting news for you! When we accepted the offer of salvation that was made to us, we became recipients of a “Heavenly” benefits package. However, it’s not our “works” that allow us to receive them, but God’s great love for us simply because we believe.

It may not be our first day in our new position in Christ, but guess what, we will never forget or misplace the benefits that are available to us. We have God’s Word (the Bible) as our handbook to review these rewards and blessings on a daily basis. We aren’t placed here to impress God or to show Him what we have to offer. We, His children, are the intended recipients of all of Christ’s work on the cross; his death, burial, and resurrection. We get to sit back and enjoy all of the benefits upon belief in Him. Once you have received Him as your personal savior and are ready to walk this life with Him as your guide, your benefits package is initiated, and your name is logged as a beneficiary. 

Romans 8:17 (NLT) says,
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

When we said Yes Lord, we received a benefits plan filled with exciting, reliable, and unique advantages to meet our everyday needs.  

Let’s review our plan received on our first day with Christ.

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A Love Like This

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that draws me to You. With loving-kindness, You have brought me out of a sin-filled life in order to get me back to what You intended for me. Your great love would not allow me to stay in that horrible pit. Your grace and mercy located me and changed the direction of my life […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that draws me to You. With loving-kindness, You have brought me out of a sin-filled life in order to get me back to what You intended for me. Your great love would not allow me to stay in that horrible pit. Your grace and mercy located me and changed the direction of my life. Thank You, El Shaddai, for being an Almighty, THE Almighty God.

God Almighty, You have been wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient with me, even during my times of impatience with You.

Yes, Lord, this means everything to me!

Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for wanting me to be delivered from my old nature so that I could become a new creation in You. Because I belong to Christ I have become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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El Shaddai: God Almighty

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Shaddai, God Almighty. Our God, the one and true living God, is El Shaddai, God Almighty. With Him, nothing is impossible. When we seek Him for anything and everything, we can remain confident in His mighty power to deliver us, because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty […]

El Shaddai: God Almighty

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Shaddai, God Almighty.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is El Shaddai, God Almighty. With Him, nothing is impossible. When we seek Him for anything and everything, we can remain confident in His mighty power to deliver us, because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty.

In His mighty authority, God has already spoken into our lives who He created us to be, which was to be like Him, created in His very image. We are to be holy because He’s holy. We are made righteous through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is walk in it, act on it, and be about it. There is no problem that El Shaddai, God Almighty cannot solve. There is no situation that He cannot reverse. There is no place so low that He cannot reach. 

God, himself, spoke of His own character. He acknowledged that He is God Almighty. There is no second guessing this. There is no room for interpretation and no place for doubt. Even in those moments where we don’t feel as though His mighty hand is being effective in every detail of our lives, God said it, and that’s enough. 

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.

GENESIS 17:1 NLT

Just as God directed Abram to serve Him, we, too, are to faithfully serve the Lord and live a blameless life before Him. Does this mean we are to be perfect? There is none perfect but El Shaddai, God Almighty. However, we are to continue daily to strive to this perfection, seeking to be like Christ, God’s Son, as they are one with the Holy Spirit. We want to have the attitude and nature of El Shaddai, God Almighty and to be obedient to His instructions. God is a God of order and we must live our lives in order with God’s purpose. 

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Desperate Situation? Solution Found!

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: El Roi, the God who sees me, as I sit here reflecting on Your loving kindness, I begin to give thanks. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. When I come to You God, You are always waiting with open arms to forgive […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

El Roi, the God who sees me, as I sit here reflecting on Your loving kindness, I begin to give thanks. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. When I come to You God, You are always waiting with open arms to forgive. Even when I fall short of Your commands and try to go my own way and create my own blueprint for life, Your unfailing love makes it so that I am always welcome back to You.

Lord, just as David, when I’m in a desperate situation, I can remember that I too can fall into the hands of the Lord, for Your mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands. For You are a just God who disciplines Your children with love and does not give me all that I deserve. Thank You for loving me beyond measure and for resurrecting my sin sick soul through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

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In the Waiting

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) tells us, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” But God promised! Have you ever thought or said that to yourself? I’m not just talking about the promises that are easily identified in God’s Word. He spoke to you. He showed you what’s to come […]

But God promised!

Have you ever thought or said that to yourself? I’m not just talking about the promises that are easily identified in God’s Word. He spoke to you. He showed you what’s to come. You know it was Him, but yet, nothing! Time is slipping away. Things appear to be escalating. Your stress level is to the max. Nothing seems to be going in the right direction. That promise is still left unfulfilled.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if you are a Bible Scholar or just know one passage of scripture, “Jesus wept”, waiting is the absolute hardest of tasks known to mankind. It affects every one on some level. Our human nature struggles with waiting.

Frustrating? That simply is an understatement. It looks as though you are traveling down a long winding road with no light to guide your path and no signs posted indicating which way you are actually headed. Despair unsettles you. The waiting seems purposeless. But, is it?

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) tells us, 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It’s all about how we wait on the fulfillment of those promises. Are we really “waiting upon the Lord”? Are we trusting Him and taking His promises to us as truth? If we are, then God’s Word tells us that He will renew our strength. We will be able to run (get through our days), and not be weary. We will be able to walk this path called life and not faint.

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Search for God

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, I would like to take this moment to first give thanks to You for You alone are the great and mighty God. I want the whole world to know what You have done. You have prepared a way for me to walk worthy in Your sight. Even when I falter and fail, You are always with me to lead and guide me and direct my steps […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, I would like to take this moment to first give thanks to You for You alone are the great and mighty God. I want the whole world to know what You have done. You have prepared a way for me to walk worthy in Your sight. Even when I falter and fail, You are always with me to lead and guide me and direct my steps. I am able to proceed forward with a forgiven spirit and a determination in my heart to be more like You. You strengthen me each and every day. When I am weak, You alone make me strong.

I will sing to You; yes, I will sing Your praises. I will tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds.

Lord, as I begin yet another day, I will continue to search for You Lord; for Your strength. I want to find myself continually seeking You. Without You, Lord, I don’t know where I would be. Knowing that Your peace surrounds me helps me to recall Your faithfulness in the details of my life.

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Acknowledge Where You Are

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does […]

Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does. Our release should be to God, the one who can offer us healing and the deliverance that we seek.

Our recognition of our struggles does not reveal or inspire weakness in the sense that we are displaying that this life is getting the best of us; but, alternatively, it is revealing our frailty as a result of our inability to fix things that we were never meant to handle on our own. Instead, we are choosing to look to the God of our strength for a renewed mind and attitude.

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says,
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

How in the world are we to rejoice when things around us bring chaos?

We begin by acknowledging to God, “I need Your help! I cannot do anything in and of myself to fix my life. These situations are out of control and I need You, God, to infuse life into what is broken.”

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) tells us,
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

It is in releasing everything to God in prayer where we begin to find relief from our worries and can then begin to thank God for all that He has done; even while we are still in the process.

Can we get to that place where we find the peace that God offers to us?

God’s Word says that we can.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) goes on to say,
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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Follow God’s Blueprint

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, I will let all that I am praise You. O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. Because of Your goodness towards me, You have provided the blueprint for building my relationship with You, through Your Word […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, I will let all that I am praise You. O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. Because of Your goodness towards me, You have provided the blueprint for building my relationship with You, through Your Word. You have made provision for every satanic threat that comes against me and a course of action for fighting the tricks of the enemy.

God, Your Word says, that no matter what Satan tries to throw against me, I am to stand my ground putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of Your righteousness. For shoes, I am to put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that I will be fully prepared. I am to hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. I am to put on salvation as my helmet and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I am to pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. I am to stay alert and be persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere.

Lord, I have been given these instructions to put on all of God’s armor so that I will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For I am not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

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El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. Our God, the one and true living God, is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. God sees us; where we have been, where we presently are, and where we are going […]

El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Roi, The God Who Sees Me.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. God sees us; where we have been, where we presently are, and where we are going. El Roi sees our heart, our pain, and our disappointment. He sees where we are weak, and He sends His abundance of strength to lift us up. El Roi sees the end, where we are headed, and the great works He has prepared for us, all for His glory. He sees us as victorious in Christ Jesus.

El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, watches over every aspect of my life. 

Let’s take a look at the story of Hagar. Hagar was Sarai’s (later known as Sarah’s) maid, given by Sarai to her husband Abram (later known as Abraham) to conceive an heir. Hagar became Abram’s concubine and the mother of Ishmael.

Once Hagar became pregnant, she began to despise (dislike or maybe even possibly, hate) Sarai. As a result, Sarai went to Abram and complained about how she was being treated and the attitude that Hagar had against her. Sarai blamed Abram, even though it was her initial idea to give Hagar to her husband.

We, too, have possibly made decisions without seeking God first, and when the outcome was not as we had planned, we attempted to blame others. You see, Sarai did not pray and consult God for guidance and that led to confusion and just a big ole mess.

“Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.”

GENESIS 16:6 NLT

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