First Epistle of Peter
Good morning, friends,
Last night was not a good night of sleep for me. I spent much of the night wandering in and out of different prayer requests and listening to Music Through the Night. I am beginning to love having the music and Mike Kellogg’s voice. A song that resonated with me through the night was..
I am reveling to two separate stories about Jesus that have captured my attention. I love when, as I study, the Lord gives me a nugget that requires me to search and study. So I present the verses to you:
18 For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once [f]for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,
19 In which He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
20 [The souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water.
I am amazed at the lies we believe about sin. We forgot that the blood of Christ was needed once. We push ourselves away from the blood because we have guilt, remorse over our sins. We believe that God couldn’t forgive this or other such lies. Peter plainly says,
Christ, Messiah, Righteous, Just, Innocent died ONCE for all. Why? Why did He do it? To bring us to God!
When the suffering in our lives brings us to a point of huddling in a corner, blaming God for the circumstances, asking the why question with no answer, we forgot that, “When we are at the end of our rope, God’s office is right there.” Tillian Tchividjian I love that! Not only that but “God’s ability to clean things up is infinitely greater than our ability to mess things up.”Tullian Tchividjian
We are alive in the Spirit. Alive!
This next verse just shouted to me..19 In which He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
At first I thought, there is no mention of Jesus going into the prisons. I pondered this and pondered this until I found the following verses.
Isaiah 42: 7 To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.
Isaiah 49: 9 Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.
Isaiah 61: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
Oh friends, Peter meant Jesus freed us. He came to reach down and bring forth those in spiritual darkness. God the Father qualified His beautiful Son to preach the soul-saving Gospel of good tidings. He reaches forth and heals, binds up our broken hearts. He proclaims freedom! Freedom for the captives! He opens our eyes to show us our bondage.
We have a gift that is so precious in Jesus that when we truly accept His freedom we can’t help but share that with others. Allow His healing in your life to then pour out to others. This fountain is a good picture in my mind of how His love should cascade originally from Him, pour into us and the overflow pours to those around us.
The last verse in this set from 1 Peter 3 ends with Noah’s family being saved through water, but that is for another day.
God bless you today. Smile at the cashier who helps you. Wave to the little children in their carts being pushed around at the grocery store. Pray for the elderly gentleman whom you pass today whose gait has been humbled with age and experience. Allow His living water to overflow to be a blessing for life.
Pray on. Pray on.
- Salt & Light (fallanddie.com)
- The Living Church is the Body of Christ (lionessblog.com)
- He Understands (livinginhisgrace.wordpress.com)
- Interviewing Tullian Tchividjian (challies.com)
Good morning, beloved,
We are a week away from Thanksgiving. I am three wake-ups away from my appointment with the surgeon. Yet, what I can’t get off my mind now is a book I started yesterday and finished. I could not put the book down. Fearless by Eric Blehm gave me an appreciation for our military.
This man, Adam Brown, suffered from a great many ailments, yet that was not the focus of this book. He just kept coming back to serve and protect our country. He was fearless. His hope was built on the solid rock of Christ and he lived it out. He was not perfect and this story is also about this man facing his demons and conquering them in the Spirit of God.
He had a wife who steadfastly remained by his side through it all. Never did she leave him. The sacrifice that they both made on behalf of their country compels to stop taking moments for granted.
As my kids are not with me, as I stay at my parents’ house, I believe the Lord is asking me to live in this moment. When Adam Brown was home from deployment, he was home. He was present with his family. One story that stays very strongly in my mind is when he was home, and he went to take a bath. An intruder started to break in, and Adam flew out of the tub to face the burglar..the burglar did not touch the foyer, he turned tail and ran. As quickly as he responded to the threat, he calmed his wife and kept her safe with comforting words and gesture.
He kept boundaries on work as a Navy Seal and home.
How about you? How about me? Are we present in this moment with the blessings that we have now? Do we complain about that which we cannot change or control? If the opportunity arises to be with your kids, your husband, your friends, are you also using your smart phone or computer to keep you up to date on your Facebook?
I admit I take for granted my moments. I want to get to the next moment.
To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
7 A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,
8 A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Each moment we have is a gift from God. I know I’ve written about this before. Will you take a moment to thank God for our military? Thank God for the service, the protection, the sacrifice they make for the freedoms we enjoy. They are true heroes. They should be on the sides of cereal boxes. They should get the commercial endorsements.
However, I don’t think they would ever want that. Pray for these men and women. Pray for their families.
Pray on. Pray on.
14 Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service.
15 For it is God’s will and intention that by doing right [your good and honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.
16 [Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.
17 Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.
Good morning beloved,
Can you hold tight in the midst of suffering? Can you see that there are blue skies beyond the gray clouds? A transforming experience in my life occurred on an airplane! Why? When we left O’Hare airport, it was raining. As I peered out my little window, all I could see was gray, overcast, yucky and depressing. Then the airplane climbed over the blanket of clouds and the beautiful sun shone brightly with blue skies. Underneath us a gray blanket…yet all around the sun blazed with clear radiance. If I had been standing on the ground, I never would have seen the treasure that lay beyond. Yet, it is there, my friends. Even though I don’t see it, the radiance of the sun is there.
2 [But] in [a]the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].
3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the [b]out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himselfaccomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
1 Peter 4:
12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.
14 If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you—happy, fortunate, [a]to be envied, [b]with life-joy, and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent [Himself] and the Lamb [Himself] are its temple.
23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24 The nations shall walk by its light and the rulers and leaders of the earth shall bring into it their glory.
Beloved, we hold on because we know that this suffering is not the end. Pain, hard times remember the blessing. The Spirit of glory is resting upon you. Friends, think of it, in your suffering, He is glorified.
Ask Him to show His glory in your life. Ask Him to show you how you can live in the midst of your pain. When you lie awake at night, don’t keep the focus on yourself. Ask the Lord to show you who needs prayer. Who needs to be lifted up. He will bring to your mind those who need your prayer.
Pray on, beloved. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
It’s been awhile! My apologies, my body has fought me this week. I can’t help but think about all the people in my life who live with chronic pain and carry on. Walk on. If that is you, know that our God walks with you. He knows you and He sees you. You are never alone. I have had a week of jaw pain. TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint. Well, three weeks of headaches, clicking jaw and such, you never know how much you use the body part in crisis until you feel the pain every time you move. Well, the hero act lasted quite awhile until finally the straw that broke the camel’s back occurred.
So my mother came blazing in to the rescue, thank YOU God, and has stayed with us this week. I got so behind on everything. And she has worked hard to bring our family back into order. I’ve missed writing and studying the Word with you.
The physical therapist educated me on my jaw, why this happens, what is happening and how to help. This visit with him was a cup of cold water. I have exercises I am doing, wearing a splint (not sounding like a complete dork), eating soft foods..and as I got upset, stressed and frustrated yesterday (not my best day), I began noticing how I clench and grind my jaw, but with wearing a splint, I’m able to feel the pain and stop. Not just so I don’t clench, but it draws me up and reminds me to calm, say verses I know, turn on the music, and breath. It’s a little like fasting..a prompt to pray, a prompt!
Let’s look at the hope we have.
6 though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,
7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
Let’s look through the Bible together for verses that support and encourage this set.
Isaiah 12 : 2 Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation.
We are commended to remember who God is, He is our salvation, our deliverance, our strength and our song. So we need to offer our hearts, trusting in Him and not fear. So today, look through His lens at your life. Remembering..
John 16: (Jesus talking!) 22 So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
Oh, friends, our lives can bring such sorrow. Our neighbor had the police out yesterday, forcibly removing an abusive presence in her house. Her life is in crisis. Yet to remember, I will see Jesus. My heart will rejoice and there is not one person who can take my joy away. Do we remember to have joy? It’s hard when pain is staring us in the face yet God calls us to trust and love Him. Even if you are clinging to Him with everything you have.
Jesus is our reconciliation. We can rejoice, glory in His love..why? Through our Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12: 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, maypitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).
I am convinced. Loving Him, trusting Him, hoping in Him in our various trials, they will bring glory to God! Glory! Hold tight to His hand today. I’m going to exit.
Pray on. Pray on. Love you all.
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- Heavenly Memo: “Rejoice through all of your trials.” (revessie.com)
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- Protected…Through Faith for Salvation (simpleswitch.wordpress.com)
Good morning beloved!
A new day, a new week, a new chance to glorify God in all we do…My Mom just called and shared that she slept last night and is breathing again. So thank you so much for praying for her.
As we enter our final week of summer, I want to smash in all I can to say goodbye to a very lovely season. So many blessings have come our way! Our garden we started is giving us many good foods. Our children are thriving at our church. We are getting established in the church and people are praying for us. We have community. Ella is walking beautifully without any brace or walker. She is running.
Noah is still struggling with his leg and so we do need to carry on with the leg brace/boot. He slipped a couple of times this weekend and twisted it. Yet, he is so excited because today his youth group pastor and wife are taking him out to lunch.
I was hoping for a park day but rain is hedging those plans. We’ll have to see. I give thanks. I give honor to the One who brought us to this place.
Of course, we know that Peter, the apostle wrote this letter to: “To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, andBithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” 1 Peter 1:1-2
This letter is an exhortation to faith in the Beloved Trinity.
This book has so much to say to us. So much encouragement for the faithful, for those who need a lifting of their heads…God be praised for the gift of this letter.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercyhas caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith fora salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that theproof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1
I could keeping going on…hmmm..
“9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you hadnot received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2
“23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himselfbore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” 1 Peter 2
“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. ” 1 Peter 4
Oh, friends, it’s going to be a rich study. I could keep going on! Join me, won’t you? And if you live in the Lake County area and don’t have a home church, please join us at Gages Lake Bible Church, my pastor is going through this book on Sunday mornings at 10:45. (Ok, shameless plug over..LOL)
Now, if there is any way that I can pray for you, won’t you share with me? Share the sufferings and be encouraged that you are never, ever alone. Ever. How ever long God wills for the blog to continue may these writings be to the glory of Him who made me. I pray for you as you read this. Know this. Know you are loved.
Pray on, beloved in Christ. Pray on!
Good morning, beloved,
God bless the USA. God bless these beautiful lands that He created, He made, He gave His Son for our freedom. We now have a visible reminder of His Son’s sacrifice with each man and woman in our military proudly walking into harm’s way to protect our freedom. Each man and woman in the military leaves behind a family that loves them for the cause of freedom, to keep us free.
The cost is high, my friends. We would do well to never forget the cost for our soldiers, their families. So pull out your flags and proudly display ’em!
I’m finding it hard to make the transition to persecution. Ahem.
SOoooo, I’m jumping back into Matthew 5:
10 Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
11 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
12 Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The question posed…why would men persecute other men for being righteous (Sermon on the Mount, pg.56 Precept Ministries Int’l)?
So to find our answer: John 3:16-21 and what’s always curious to me about these verses, so often we settle on the well-known verse 16 and miss the blessing and insight and wisdom of the rest of this section. So, carefully read this section with me and let’s figure it out!
16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]
19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.
20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposedand reproved.
21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].
Sit in these verses friends! Love so amazing, He so greatly prized our world that He gave up His Son. I want to tell you something. I just really don’t think I could do that. I’m not God, thank God for that, we’d be in a lot of trouble there. My boys are the cream in my coffee, the apple of my eye, the dot in my ‘i’! The crushing weight of His love for us sent His Son to be crushed for us.
We’ve got to believe (who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him)! I think of my Danny who will wrap his skinny little body around me to cuddle. He is clinging. When I stand up, he trusts that I will not let him fall. He relies on my arms to hold him tight. (Killer on the back, BTW.) Yet, he is a good picture of how we are to be with our Father in Heaven. Cling to Him. Trust Him no matter how scary our circumstances seem. Rely on His arms to hold us tight and never let us go. His back can handle it.😉
What is the judgement? Well, beloved, it is so sad. People love the darkness rather than and more than the Light. The wrongdoer hate the Light, will not come out into the Light but shrink from it. They don’t want their deeds exposed.
So if wrongdoers hate the Light, then it comes naturally to think they are going to hate anyone who loves the Light. They can’t have anyone around them that reminds them of what they will never, ever be.
Now, let’s look at this passage from 1 Peter 4
12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.
13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].
14 If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you—happy, fortunate, to be envied, with life-joy, and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others [infringing on their rights].
16 But if [one is ill-treated and suffers] as a Christian [which he is contemptuously called], let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is [deemed worthy to suffer] in this name.
Evident that Peter was with Jesus, isn’t it? The passages parallel one another so well. Peter also knew, from Christ’s example, how to handle persecution.
1 Peter 2:19-25
19 For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.
20 [After all] what kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God.
21 For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.
22 He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.
23 When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but he trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly.
24 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.
25 For you were going astray like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian (the Bishop) of your souls.
Well, friends, I need to get moving on my day. We will pick up from here. My “clan” is surrounding me and we need to eat some breakfast. Pray on, beloved. Pray on!
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