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Prepare for action!

Scripture reading for October 12th: 1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures: 1st Peter 1:13-16 “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He Who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.””

Peter, the impulsive apostle, was now writing a letter to the church after years of following Jesus and serving Christ faithfully. He offered instruction to fellow-believers from the grace that he had received over the years. He called believers to prepare for action in their minds. They need not be confused by worry or fear or drunk on the circumstances of the world that they lived in. They must be sober-minded and centered on the fulness of grace that would be brought to them when Jesus Christ returned. Because of this hope, they must be obedient to Christ Jesus and pursue holiness of thought and deed, not being dominated by their former passions and the ignorance that kept them in spiritual darkness. True faith actively pursues obedience and holiness because God’s Word calls us to it.

1st Peter 1:17-19 “And if you call on Him as Father Who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear through out the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a Lamb without blemish or spot.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, as I read this Word of God from Peter, I prepare my mind for action to obey You in all Your loving instruction. I believe in the grace that I have received from trusting in Jesus Christ and His shed blood, and look forward to the full salvation experience when Jesus is revealed again. Help me daily to be holy and obedient to the Holy Word and Holy Spirit.

1st Peter 1:22-23 “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God; . . “

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Resting in Jesus for Holiness!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Leviticus 8-11, Psalm 110, Hebrews 4

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 4:11-13  “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Nothing is hidden from our Lord, visible or invisible.  There is no place where we can hide or nothing that will cover up any sin or disobedience to God’s eternal Word.  The Word of God is alive and active.  It is able to search out the hidden places of our hearts and inner man.  Our only hope of holiness is to confess sin and repent, resting our hope on the Word of God that speaks mercy through Jesus and His shed blood.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I rest in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Word promising forgiveness and cleansing to all who come to Jesus.  Lord, help me to preach the whole Word of God to each person and congregation that they might rest in Jesus.

Leviticus 11:44  “For I am the Lord your God.  Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”  

Psalm 110:3  “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of Your youth will be Yours.”  

 

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Rejoicing in a Holy God!

Scripture reading for February 1st:  Leviticus 11-14

Key Scriptures:  Leviticus 11:44-45  “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.  Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground.  I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.”

We can rejoice that our God is holy!  His holiness and perfection are far beyond human comprehension.  In His desire to dwell in the midst of His people, He called them to live a holy life, separated from anything that would hinder their enjoyment of His holiness!  He led the Israelites out of Egypt to show the world a people marked by holiness!

Cause for rejoicing:  God makes us holy by the blood of Jesus Christ so that we can be a people marked by His holy presence.  “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  (Hebrews 10:10)

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Holiness is not optional!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Peter 1:13-16  “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be give you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Peter was writing to Jewish believers that had been scattered throughout the Roman empire because of persecution.  According to Peter, they had been scattered like seed by God in order to produce a crop of Christ-followers as others observed their lives of obedient devotion, grace, and peace.  This truth was to result in action and clear thinking about their mission and Christ’s possible soon return.  Peter called them to holiness and righteous living.  This was not optional but commanded by the unchanging Word of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are prepared for Christ’s coming again because of purposeful holiness and obedience to God’s word.   “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them; ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  (Leviticus 19:2)

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New Birth and a Living Hope!

Scripture reading for November 9th:  1 Peter 1

Peter, along with James and John, was one of the three disciples closest to Jesus Christ.  Peter also denied His Lord three times during Jesus’ trial before the crucifixion.  Peter wept bitterly and was later restored by the Lord after the resurrection. As recorded by John,  Peter was told by Jesus that he would eventually die for his faith. (John 21:18-19)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  (1 Peter 1:3-7)

Peter understood the ‘new birth’ because of his own experience!  Jesus Christ had breathed on him and sent him to preach the good news of forgiveness of sins.  (John 20:22)  He had seen Jesus Christ in His resurrection body and knew Him as the ‘Living Hope’ for his own life and all who would believe! (2nd Peter 1:16) He knew that at Jesus’ return, he and the Church would enjoy the full salvation promised by Christ–a resurrected body–like His glorious body!  He also knew that only genuine faith would result in joy at Christ’s return!  Are you resting totally Christ’s sacrifice for you?   Only those who have experienced new birth in Christ will enjoy full salvation!

 

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The Living Stones!

Scripture reading for November 23rd: 1st Peter 1:13-2:12

Peter’s name meant ‘rock’ or ‘stone’.  Peter was told by Jesus after he confessed Him as the Christ, Son of the Living God, that on “this rock I will build My Church.”  (Matthew 16:18)  Jesus as the Son of the Living God was the “Living Stone” that was the cornerstone of the new temple of the new covenant.  In today’s reading from Peter’s epistle, we have further insight on this new temple.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”” (1st Peter 1:13-15)  Peter reminded these believers that they had been born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  (1st Peter 1:3)  This new birth was a gift of grace from God that would bring about changes in thinking and actions.   God called His children to obedience and conformity to His will and purposes.  Foremost was the requirement of holiness.  Holiness is the perfect character of God worked out in our thinking and living.

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1st Peter 1:22-23)  This new birth comes through the Living God’s living Word.  The word for ‘seed’ is the Greek word for ‘sperm’!  His word in us bring His life and character into us!

“As you come to Him, the Living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him–you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1st Peter 2:4-5)  The ‘Living Stone’ is Jesus Christ who is also the ‘Living Word’.  When we are born again, we become ‘living stones’ that God is using to build His new temple.  Like Peter, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God!  On that confession, God builds His church!

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An unshakeable Kingdom!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Hebrews 12:14-29

Holiness is a precious requirement for those entering the kingdom of God and desiring to see Him. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:14-15)  There are things that can keep us out of our inheritance.  Failure to be a peacemaker and living in violence and strife will cut us off.  Immorality is also a killer of faith.  These sins are likened to bitter roots in the soul that causes a person to miss out on the grace of God.

We who live in the last days are under the new covenant.  This covenant is not made at Mt. Sinai like the old covenant, but at Mt. Zion.  At Mt. Zion we see the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God and thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.  Here we have the church of the Firstborn (Jesus Christ) consisting of all men and women who by faith have come to Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant and His sprinkled blood has forever made atonement for all sins committed in ignorance.

We must willingly come to Jesus and accept His sacrifice for us in order to escape judgment by Jesus Christ.  Many Israelites ignored God’s warning through Moses and perished.  Now Jesus, God’s final Word from Heaven, has warned us again of another shaking coming at the end that will shake all things that are able to be shaken!  (Hebrews 12:26-27)  (Haggai 2:6)  The earth and everything in it will be destroyed by this final shaking.  (2nd Peter 3:7)  The kingdoms of earth will be no match for the Lord of Hosts as He comes to establish the millennial Kingdom.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptable with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”” (Hebrews 12:28)  Our King Jesus and the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem will be our permanent King and eternal home!  This calls for worship and active pursuit of holiness through faith in Jesus.  Those who refuse will be consumed by the fire of His wrath!

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The living stones!

Scripture reading for November 23rd: 1st Peter 1:13-2:12

Peter’s name meant ‘rock’ or ‘stone’.  Peter was told by Jesus after he confessed Him as the Christ, Son of the Living God, that on “this rock I will build My Church.”  (Matthew 16:18)  Jesus as the Son of the Living God was the “Living Stone” that was the cornerstone of the new temple of the new covenant.  In today’s reading from Peter’s epistle, we have further insight on this new temple.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”” (1st Peter 1:13-15)  Peter reminded these believers that they had been born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  (1st Peter 1:3)  This new birth was a gift of grace from God but would bring about changes in thinking and actions.   God called His children to obedience and conformity to His will and purposes.  Foremost is the requirement of holiness.  Holiness is the perfect character of God worked out in our thinking and lives.

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1st Peter 1:22-23)  This new birth comes through the Living God’s living Word.  The word for ‘seed’ is the Greek word for ‘sperm’!  His word in us bring His life and character into us!

“As you come to Him, the Living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him–you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1st Peter 2:4-5)  The ‘Living Stone, ‘ Jesus Christ is also the ‘Living Word’.  When we are born again, we become ‘living stones’ that God is using to build His new temple.  Like Peter, the ‘stone’, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God!  On that confession, God builds His church!

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The unshakable Kingdom!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Hebrews 12:14-29

Holiness is a precious requirement for those entering the kingdom of God and desiring to see Him. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:14-15)  There are things that can keep us out of our inheritance.  Failure to be a peacemaker and living in violence and strife will cut us off.  Immorality is also a killer of faith.  These sins are likened to bitter roots in the soul that causes a person to miss out on the grace of God.

We who live in the last days are under the new covenant.  This covenant is not made at Mt. Sinai like the old covenant, but at Mt. Zion.  At Mt. Zion we see the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God and thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.  Here we have the church of the Firstborn (Jesus Christ) consisting of all men and women who by faith have come to Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant and His sprinkled blood has forever made atonement for all sins committed in ignorance.

We must willingly come to Jesus and accept His sacrifice for us in order to escape judgment by Jesus Christ.  Many Israelites ignored God’s warning through Moses and perished.  Now Jesus, God’s final Word from Heaven, has warned us again of another shaking coming at the end that will shake all things that are able to be shaken!  (Hebrews 12:26-27)  (Haggai 2:6)  The earth and everything in it will be destroyed by this final shaking.  (2nd Peter 3:7)  The kingdoms of earth will be no match for the Lord of Hosts as He comes to establish the millennial Kingdom.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptable with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”” (Hebrews 12:28)  Our King Jesus and the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem will be our permanent King and eternal home!  This calls for worship and active pursuit of holiness through faith in Jesus.  Those who refuse will be consumed by the fire of His wrath!

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