LIFe with God: February 2

Posted on February 2, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 2

(1) So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (2) And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, (3) if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness. (4) So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, (5) you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes in him will never be put to shame.” (7) So you who believe see his value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, (8) and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (9) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (10) You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. (11) Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, (12) and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. (13) Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme (14) or to governors as those he commissions to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do good. (15) For God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. (16) Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. (17) Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king. (18) Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. (19) For this finds God’s favor, if because of conscience toward God someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. (20) For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. (21) For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. (22) He committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. (23) When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly. (24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed. (25) For you were going astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Observation

How does God want us to silence the ignorance of foolish people? How should we respond when we are mistreated?

Application

Do I allow my actions to speak for themselves, or I do I argue and rail against “the ignorance of foolish people”? When mistreated, do I rebel and demand my rights, or quietly suffer through it to honor Jesus?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, and to yearn like a newborn infant for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it I may grow up to salvation. Thank You for Your kindness. I come to You, Jesus, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, as a living stone, built up with my fellow believers as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through You. For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes in Him will never be put to shame.” I see Your value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey Your word, as they were destined to do. But I am a part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of Your own, so that I may proclaim the virtues of the one who called me out of darkness into Your marvelous light. We once were not a people, but now we are God’s people. I have received mercy. As a foreigner and exile in this world, strengthen me to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign me as a wrongdoer, they may see my good deeds and glorify You when You appears. Remind me to be subject to every human institution for Your sake, at whatever level of government, as those You commission to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do good. For the Father wants me to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Help me to live as free person, not using my freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. May I honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, and honor my nation’s leaders. Empower me to be subject to all in authority over me with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. For this finds Your favor, if because of conscience toward You someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if I sin and am mistreated and endure it? But if I do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with You. For to this I was called, since Christ also suffered for me, leaving an example for me to follow in His steps. He committed no sin nor was deceit found in His mouth. When He was maligned, He did not answer back; when He suffered, He threatened no retaliation, but committed Himself to You, God, who judges justly. He himself bore my sins in his body on the tree, that I may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By His wounds I am healed. For I was going astray like sheep but now I have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of my soul. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for outreaches & service projects

  • Creative strategies
  • Volunteers
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Believers working together in unity
  • Provision of necessary resources
  • Salvation for people reached

    MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

    And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28 (NET)

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