Daily Devotion for March 14, 2017

'1 Peter Reminders'

1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV
...To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout...who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Reading through 1 Peter this morning, I didn't get far before I was meditating on God's reminders—I am “God's elect,” I am a stranger “in the world,” I “have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit...for OBEDIENCE to Jesus Christ”...

Also, I was reminded to be alert and focused: “with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming” (1 Peter 1:13). “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

I was reminded to behave like the Father's obedient child: “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” (1 Peter 1:13-16).

I was reminded what to crave: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3).

I was reminded who I am: “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

I was reminded how to live: “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us” (1 Peter 2:12). “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” (1 Peter 2:13). “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:16-17). “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24).

I was reminded to set apart: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:15).

I was reminded to be prepared: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

I was reminded to have a clear conscience: “keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:16-17).

I was reminded to think correctly about suffering: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13). “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:1-2). “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19).

I was reminded what I am to do: “Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:7-11). “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all you anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Finally, I was reminded the end is GOOD: “The end of all things is near” (1 Peter 4:7). “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for every and ever! Amen” (1 Peter 5:5:10-11).

Heavenly Father, thank you for the many reminders this morning. May we each go out today meditating on Your Words and applying them to every aspect of our lives—because “the end of all things is near,” and soon Your presence and power and love will “restore” us all! We “set (our) hope on the grace to be brought to (us) when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming”...

AMEN!

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