Faith and Joy

1 Peter 1:8-9 KJV Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
 
Sometimes there is not much joy in this world. We go through times where is seems that we are experiencing joy in our life. The answer to finding real joy in our life is Jesus Christ. The whom in verse 8 is Jesus Christ. We cannot physically see Him, yet we love Him. We believe by faith in Jesus. That faith leads to rejoicing. That faith will one day be laid aside when we see Him face to face. At that moment, all of the cares of this world will fade away and we will experience eternal joy and rest.

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Precious Trials

1 Peter 1:7 KJV That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
 
What do we value above anything else? That question would probably have as many answers as those asked. One answer that we would never give is that value trials above everything else. However, we see that God values the trials we face. They are more precious than gold to Him. God never allows trials into our life just to simply bring pain into our life. God uses trials, painful as they are, to shape us and mold us into the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-29). Being Christ-like in our life is a top priority to God. He values that image in us above everything else. As we go through trials, let’s remember God view of how precious they are to Him.

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Kept in Hope

1 Peter 1:5-6 KJV Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
 
Having trusted Christ as our Savior, we are kept in that condition by the power of God. We do not have the power to keep ourselves in a saved condition. Salvation is completely the work of God and the keeping of salvation is completely the work of God. Because we are kept, we have an assurance of hope beyond this life. Our hope is in Christ. Our hope and rest comes when we are in heaven. Because we have this hope, we can endure the trials and tribulations of this world. Compared to an eternity in heaven in the presence of our Savior, our trials and tribulations only last for a season.

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Our Inheritance

1 Peter 1:3-4 KJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
 
When we trust Jesus as our Savior, we are born into God’s family. As a member of God’s family, we have a very special inheritance. this inheritance includes a lively (living) hope. This hope is an eternity in heaven. Our inheritance is also incorruptible, undefiled, and does not fade. This means that it is not subject to the whims of a earthly economy. It is not based on the actions of mankind. Our inheritance is based on the perfect and complete work of Jesus Christ. As we go through each day, let’s remember the inheritance that is given to us as God’s children.

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Peace Multiplied

1 Peter 1:1-2 KJV Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, [2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
 
Yesterday, we saw that Peter’s desire was that the grace of God would be multiplied unto us. Today, we see that Peter desires for peace to multiplied unto us. In the Scriptures, we find that we can have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). When we trust Christ as our Savior, we find peace with God. We can also experience the peace of God (Phil. 4:6-7) In order to experience the peace of God, we must take everything to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. We also find that God will keep us in perfect peace if our minds are focused on Him
(Isa. 26:3).

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Grace Multiplied

1 Peter 1:1-2 KJV Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, [2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
 
Today, we begin a devotional study of the epistle of 1 Peter. As Peter begins this epistle with a greeting, he also expressed his desire for us. His desire is that grace and peace would be multiplied to us. Grace is God doing for us what we do not deserve. Grace is also God enabling us to live as He dictates in the Word of God. By ourselves, we do not have the ability to live the life we are called to. God’s grace makes it possible for each of us to live the way God wants us to live.

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Be Secure

Jude 1:24-25 KJV Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, [25] To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
 
As we finish the little book of Jude, we learn that it is not us that keeps us; it Jesus that keeps us. We do not have to depend on our works and actions to stay saved. Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to save us. It is His work that keeps us in this present day. It is Hie work that will present us faultless in glory. We should obey the Word of God and live according to the dictates of Scripture. We do this out of love for our Savior and the sake of our testimony so that we can witness to the lost. But we are not working to stay saved. It is not our work that saves and keeps, it it the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that saves and keeps us.

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Be Witnessing

Jude 1:22-23 KJV And of some have compassion, making a difference: [23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
 
It has been a few days since I posted a devotion. I have been out of town. Today, we see that we are to be witnesses for the Lord. If we love God and those around us, we will witness to them. However, we do not witness the same way to every person. Some people need our compassion. We may need to take the time to develop a relationship with them and allow them to see the love of God in us. There are others that we need to be very honest about the issue of hell so that they can see the reality of their eternity if they do not trust Christ as their Savior. Either way, we are to be witnesses for the Lord.

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Be Loving

Jude 1:21 KJV Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
 
This may very well be the theme of this little book. The best way to live our life is to live it in the love of God. Please notice that there is an imperative here. The instruction to be followed is Keep yourselves in the love of God... There is no doubt that God loves us with an everlasting love. The issue here are we living in and staying in that love? It is easy to love the world, but a love for the world will not coexist with the love of God (1 John 2:15-16). We need to make sure that we are keeping our love of God in ur hearts. Let’s not allow something into our heart that will compete with the love of God.

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Be Building

Jude 1:17-20 KJV But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; [18] How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. [19] These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. [20] But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
 
As Jude exposes false teachers, he gives us positive actions that we should take in the face of false teaching and an unbelieving world. Here Jude instructs to build ourselves up on our faith. Our faith is not in ourselves. Our faith is not in the systems of this world. Our faith is not in the financial markets of this world. Our faith is to be in God and His Word. Romans 10:17 instructs us So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. As we read the Word of God and hear the teaching of the Word of God and respond in obedience, our faith grows. This is how we build ourselves up in the faith.

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