September 1, 2018 Job 34; 1 Peter 1:1-12

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What is right, what is good | guest post

S~ So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.  Job 34:4 (NLT)

O/A~ I just need this prayer right now: to understand what is right, to learn what is good.

I’m starting to go under in my relationships right now.  There are four of them that are out of control.  That’s a lot!  So it’s probably me that’s out of control. I can tell because there is more frustration than normal, I’m snippy, and there is NO peace.  I can honestly say, that I have no idea what is going on.

P~ Father, what is going on?  Help me to discern what is right, help me to learn what is good.  Where there is no peace in those four relationships, bring Your peace please!  Open my eyes, ears, heart for Your wisdom to see and understand what I’m missing.  Lord, I ask you to bless those people I’m struggling with in relationship.  Lavishly love them and let them know how loved they are by You!  I pray this in Jesus’ Name!

You See Me | Kim Chipman

S~ For God watches how people live; He sees everything they do. Job 34:21 (NLT)

O/A~ This can be both freeing/comforting and terrifying/discouraging.

But it’s truth. So knowing and applying it can set me free.

You see how I live. You see. When I bite my tongue and smile instead of being critical, You see. When I lose my cool, You see. When I show love instead of judging, You see. When I do not obey, You see. When I choose to think the best, when I have every right not to, You see.

You see me.

There have been many, many times in my life that I have felt very alone, isolated, frustrated, invisible, ashamed…even crazy! Paralyzed to change.

You see me.

You not only see what I do, but my heart and intention. This means that truly You can be my Audience of One. You see the sacrifices I make. You see when no one else does. But it’s all for You anyway.

P~ I love You so much. Help my heart to not feel shame when I mess up, but to accept Your forgiveness and choose well next time. In moments of high emotion help me to respond well. For Your glory. I love You!

The Joy of Heaven | Joni Tyner

S~ So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  1 Peter 1:6 (NLT)

O~ Peter, and all of the early Christians, were persecuted for their faith.  This still happens in our world in 2018.

A~ My Bible notes give these instructions on to enduring trials.

“We must accept trials as part of the refining process that burns away impurities and prepares us to meet Christ. As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be skimmed off. Likewise, our trials, struggles and persecutions refine and strengthen our faith, making us useful to God.  Instead of asking “why me?” we should respond to suffering with a new set of responses:

  1. Confidence that God knows, plans and directs our lives for the good. It’s hard to calculate sometimes, but God always will provide His love and strength.
  2. Perseverance when facing grief, anger, sorrow, and pain. We express our grief, but we don’t give in to bitterness and despair.
  3. Courage because with Jesus as Brother and Savior, we need not be afraid. “

P~ Dear Lord, pursue my heart to have courage to embrace all the opportunities You bring me each day.  I pray my eyes stay focused on You and not life’s inconveniences.  Thank you for the hope of Heaven.

Refine Me, oh Lord! | Robin Laney

S~ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6 (NIV)

O~ Peter wrote this letter to Jewish Christians who had been scattered into Asia Minor by persecution. In the verses before this one, he encouraged them by reminding them they had received a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, an imperishable inheritance waiting for them in Heaven, and a great gift of faith in which they were shielded by God’s power until the day of their salvation. In verse 6, he recognized that their faith journey had not been an easy one and he went on to tell them that there was a purpose in their trials – the refining of their faith.

A~ What a glorious hope we have in Jesus! What peace and joy come with knowing him as we do! Yet, he never promises that our walk will be easy. We are as foreigners in this land, set apart to be Holy as He is Holy. In that, there is bound to be trouble for us because we are called to be counter-cultural, to be in the world but not of it. Many people don’t understand and many are offended by the Truth of the Gospel and what it asks of them. An encounter with Jesus Christ requires a response and to follow requires a sacrifice many won’t offer, a full surrender of self.

The Christians who lived at this time, faced an emperor who demanded they worship only him. Pagan temples made their money off of the worshipers who frequented and with the spread of Christianity came a downturn in profits. Followers of Jesus did not subscribe to the immorality of the day and the ideals of power and self. They didn’t fit in and lived their lives out for the glory of God who was unknown and offensive to the pagans and so they were targets for ridicule and persecution. We, as the Church, are experiencing more and more of this in our days.

Peter’s letter, written to encourage our brothers and sisters so long ago, is a clear message to us as well. We should not expect our walk with Christ, here on earth, to be an easy one but we can be assured that each trial we face will serve to strengthen our faith and prove it genuine resulting in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. (v.7)

P~ Lord, thank You for the hope You give, the inheritance You promise, and the power of Your protection over my faith. Open my eyes to see each trial as a refinement of my faith which brings me closer to You, glorifies You and honors You so that the people around me can see You more clearly.

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