LIFe with God: February 1

Posted on February 1, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 1 (NET)

(1)  From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen  (2)  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by being set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure!  (3)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  (4)  that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you,  (5)  who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  (6)  This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials.  (7)  Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold — gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away — and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  (8)  You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,  (9)  because you are attaining the goal of your faith — the salvation of your souls.  (10)  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully.  (11)  They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory.  (12)  They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven — things angels long to catch a glimpse of.  (13)  Therefore, get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  (14)  Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance,  (15)  but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,  (16)  for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”  (17)  And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.  (18)  You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed — not by perishable things like silver or gold,  (19)  but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.  (20)  He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake.  (21)  Through him you now trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  (22)  You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.  (23)  You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.  (24) For all flesh is like grass: and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off,  (25)  but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.

Observation

What is God’s plan for the believer’s future (verses 4-5)? How are we to live?

Application

Do I truly trust in God for my eternal inheritance? Am I studying His Word to train my mind for action? Am I living a life of holiness and reverence?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father God, Thank You for choosing me according to Your foreknowledge and setting me apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be mine in full measure! Blessed be You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By Your great mercy You gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for me, for by Your power I’m protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings me great joy, although I may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of my faith, which is much more valuable than gold — gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away — and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. I have not seen him, but I love him. I do not see him now but I believe in him, and so I rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because I am attaining the goal of my faith — the salvation of my soul. Therefore, help me get my mind ready for action by being fully sober, as I set my hope completely on the grace that will be brought to me when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like an obedient child, may I not comply with the evil urges I used to follow in my ignorance, but, like the Holy One who called me, become holy in all of my conduct, for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” I address You as Father, the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work; empower me to live out the time of my temporary residence here in reverence. I know that from my empty way of life inherited from my ancestors I was ransomed — not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for my sake. Through Him I now trust in You, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that my faith and hope are in You, God. My soul is purified by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So may I love others earnestly from a pure heart. I have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God that endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to me. Thank You, Father, in the Name of Jesus, 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:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach
  • that Satan’s divisive strategies would be confounded

    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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