Wednesday, January 31, 2007
What a sad thing, the deception is evident. Jesus warned us that many will come in His name claiming, here He is. Based on their doctrine, the rejection of all things biblical Christianity, this is clearly a potentially dangerous cult that will likely have a bad end. Jim Jones never had as large of a following as this guy, to my knowledge. Pray for the people that are deceived and for the one doing the deceiving. May the real Jesus reveal Himself and turn back this foolishness.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Faith’s Call to Holiness—1 Peter 1:13-16
Determination—prepare your minds
Prepare—to put in proper condition or readiness—make a concerted effort at getting something ready. Older translations use the terms, “gird up the loins of your mind”. That may sound strange but think about it—if you were wearing several layers of loose fitting robes that hung down to you shins, can you just start running at full speed whenever you want to? Anyone want to try it?
For a people that wore long flowing robes, to move quickly, to fight, or to work hard, you had to pick up or tie up your clothes.
It’s just like our need to put on a belt—I expect my grandfather would have said something like—“hitch up your britches”. Can anyone think of another phrase?
“Roll Up Your Sleeves.”
They had to make a deliberate decision to get ready and prepare themselves for action. They had to put in some effort, not just sit back and let things magically happen. But Peter wasn’t talking about clothes, he was talking about…
Your Mind—while there are many things our mind is wired to do—learn languages for example—your mind and thinking doesn’t come pre-wired or preprogrammed with knowledge that can help you accomplish architecture or calculus. Those things are learned. Your mind requires preparation to accomplish great things.
Your will, your thinking, your controlling agent. Your mind not someone else’s. Many have said that victory, invention, and other things are won with 10% Perspiration and 90% Inspiration. Athletes, soldiers, car salesmen, you name it, must have their mind prepared for the game, for the battle or whatever situation before the physical side begins. They must have a plan, must be focused on the goal, they must be determined and prepared mentally to accomplish the task at hand.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I might as well not wear my pads or uniform. I’ll be able to enjoy it more if I’m in my street clothes and I’ve got my camera.”
What does Self-Control look like to you? What does someone without Self-Control look like?
You be-self controlled—this is not an easy task—it is not natural to be self-controlled. Self-Controlled means to reign in impulse and sheer reaction. While it is possible for someone to learn self-control apart from faith in Christ—there is a reason that Self-Control is listed as one of the Fruits of the Spirit. God at work in our lives produces Self-Control
To be self-controlled is to not allow other things to control you—things like your desires, like your emotions, like temptations. No one else is responsible for you—other people’s actions and behavior is only able to control you if you give them the power to do so. So don’t worry, complain, or criticize what other people are doing or getting away with. As long as you are looking at them, you’re letting some part of yourself get away with something.
That sadly describes far too many believers. We have not determined to be self-controlled in our preparation, we have not shown the discipline it takes to be self-sacrificing in our service of those around us.
This is the 4th time in 13 verses that Peter has mentioned Christ’s Return.
All the determination and discipline is useless without an eternal direction
Your hope—your expectation and anticipation in what God is doing—your faith, your trust, your love for Jesus and the promise of His resurrection
Fully—completely, totally—relying and looking toward nothing else.
2 Timothy 2:22—“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Now, if you've made it this far in your reading, do you have any thoughts to add about holiness? About God's call and how it is to affect our thinking, our actions, our morals? One suggested that obedience needed to take a more prominent position. That's legitimate--obedience to what God has revealed about our lives and how we should live--in all things, not just the ones we like. We don't have the option of picking and choosing the commands of God--we're putting ourselves in His place when we do that. Any other thougths?
Friday, January 26, 2007
Here’s a lesson from nature that fits too much of the church today.
but for the act of “playing dead”.
Much of this behavior is probably over exaggerated, but the point is that at times, the possum stops running to get away from an advancing threat—many animals have a chase instinct—if it runs away from you, chase it and eat it. The reason is that the possum employs this tactic is because it is not very fast, doesn’t see well, isn’t very smart, and does not possesses a fearsome array of weapons. Playing dead is often its best chance at survival.
Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life,
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
One of the responders is a Mormon arguing the Mormon belief that there are 3 tiers of heaven. The following I was moved to write and thought I would post it on my own blog. Here you go.
There are some great names in the history of our nation. If everyone were asked to choose who of our founders to ask to dinner you’d probably hear names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry. We think of them b/c we would love to have insight into what they were thinking in the moment that history was decided. We would have many questions for them.
I don’t believe our questions would describe how the evening would go. I believe any such dinner conversation would be dominated by those men asking you about the state of the nation they fought and died for. As much as we would love to hear from them, they would love to hear from you. They’d want to know—“was it worth it?”, “did our experiment work?”, “what is the nation like today?”, “did freedom take hold in the hearts of the people?”, “do you really remember or care about what we did, we’re much more interested in what your life is like today?”.
The Great fathers of our nation would want to know if what they did, said, or believed then, was still having an effect even hundreds of years later. And hopefully, after a conversation with you, they would come away and truly believe—“what we went through was worth it. Seeing where you are, where the nation has come makes everything we did worthwhile. We were really thinking about the future of our children and their children. We were serving you.”
It’s amazing to consider that the founders of our nation were serving us, but they were. In the same way, when you hear great names of the faith like, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, they were serving you too. Even Peter in 1 Peter 1:12, realized that the Prophets of old were serving his generation. So names like Peter, Paul & John—would want to know about the Church today, would want to know about how things turned out, what they lived and died for.
To me, it is amazing and a marvel that the testimonies we read in Scripture are meant to serve us today. This book, the WoG was not written to sit on a shelf.
It was written to breathe life into our lifelessness, hope into our hopelessness, love into our selfishness, humility into our pridefulness, power into our powerlessness, forgiveness into our sinfulness, and light into our darkness. We can and should Marvel at the Message we have in Scripture.
2 weeks ago we saw how Angels can marvel at what we can Praise God for, all He has provided for us. Last week we looked at another aspect that Angels marvel at—how we can Rejoice at the Shield of God—we saw how through the refining of trials we are receiving the goal of our faith—the salvation of our souls.
This week we’re going to Marvel at His Message. God has worked hard through the ages to tell us He is there, to tell us He loves us, to show us how we can have a right and eternal relationship with Him.
He does so in the pages of the Bible, through the lives and writings of Prophets and Apostles.
“I believe the Bible is the best gift that God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”—attributed to Abraham Lincoln
Marvel at His Message—1:9-12
Prophets of Old
Spoke to you—all of those prophets in the OT, all of those writers and apostles of the NT weren’t just writing for their own benefit, just b/c they wanted to hear themselves talk or have some record of their thinking. All of these writers were inspired by God and He had a purpose in their writing.
All Scripture is God breathed—His message to you.—2 Timothy 3:16-- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
All Scripture—not some, not most, not just the things we like or approve of or agree with. All of Scripture is God breathed. It is Scripture not by our declaration but by God’s inspiration. This is only an issue b/c many parts of it reveals things in ourselves we don’t like spoken against.
God-Breathed or God Inspired—much like when God breathed the spirit into Adam and gave him life. He used the author’s mind, creativity and personality to communicate words directly from His heart.
Useful—in other words, it has a function and purpose—it’s not irrelevant to life.
Teaching—we need to be taught certain things—particularly, things about God need not be left to our imagination. The only way we know anything about God is because He chooses to reveal it to us—otherwise, we’re just speculating. The only way I can learn anything about another person is what they choose to show, reveal or teach me about them. I need to be taught Who God is—it doesn’t come naturally or by instinct. I need to be taught What He is like, who I am in relationship to Him, What He has done for me.
Scripture is also useful for Rebuking—which is one of the primary reasons why we question Scripture’s inspiration—we don’t like being rebuked. We don’t like being told that something we are doing is wrong and goes against the moral order of God. But we need to be rebuked. The confusion and resentment comes b/c when we are rebuked, our selfishness tends to assume the one rebuking just wants to be mean—however a genuine rebuke must have as its base motive love and redemption.
Correction goes right along with rebuke. Correcting a wrong behavior or a wrong belief about God, a wrong idea—detailing how and why something is wrong. Most of my learning has come from doing something wrong and then being taught the correct way. Imagine how effective a classroom setting could be if a teacher was never allowed to correct a wrong answer.
Thankfully, Scripture does not just tell us that we’re wrong—rebuke, or tell us why and how—correcting, it gives us the right way—Scripture is useful for Training in Righteousness. It teaches what God’s ways are and how we can live that way. It requires training—we require training for things that don’t come naturally to us—the righteous life that God desires us to live requires His training and work on us, our acceptance and application of that training. God saw to it that we are not only told how we’re living wrong, but also how we can live right.
Sadly, there are many of us who don’t know how to receive correction, are not coachable or teachable. They are the ones who never accept that they’ve done something wrong, never accept that you might have a better way to offer them, that fight you all along the way, and only do the “right way” so long as the coach is over their shoulder—then they go back to doing it their own way—where they are largely less effective, then combative as to why the world is so against them and complaining of why it is not easier.
This is what the Prophets and the apostles were writing, what God is hoping that their writing accomplishes in you and me.
They were writing to more than a nation, more than a church, a city, or a group of people. They were also writing the future.
As Peter indicates, they were searching and writing about what was coming to you—they were looking into the future at a glimpse of what God was going to be doing. They were trying to make sense of the Messiah’s Timing & Circumstances, the Messiah’s Teachings & Sufferings, and the Messiah’s Ongoing Glory
This tells me very clearly that Scripture is not just for the past but for the present. These great men of faith were writing a special message that they anticipate YOU reading and applying to your life.
Messiah’s Timing & Circumstances—how were the people to recognize the Messiah?—Isaiah spoke of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem, from a young Virgin girl, of the tribe of Judah, descended from Jesse and King David, that He would live around Galilee. This all takes place hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
The Messiah’s Teachings and Sufferings--What would the Messiah do? At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Luke 4:18, He quotes Isaiah 61 about preaching the good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom for the prisoners, sight for the blind, releasing the oppressed and the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus said powerfully—“Today this message is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Isaiah 53:4-6, 12c—one of the most prophetic chapters in the Bible talks of the Suffering Servant bearing the sins of many and being pierced for our transgressions.
The gospels list various aspects of the predicted sufferings of Christ--e.g., hatred by his people, betrayal by his friend, being forsaken by his flock, his scourging and crucifixion,
Psalm 22—was written by King David some 900 years before Christ, David looked forward by picturing the Crucifixion in amazing detail. The most Messianic psalm starts with the same words Jesus cries from the Cross—“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And that Psalm goes on to speak of Jesus hands and feet being pierced, of the soldiers gambling for Jesus’ clothes.
The Messiah’s Ongoing Glory--The glories the prophets speak of are His glories include his transfiguration, his resurrection, his glorious return, and his reign. The church is a vital part of those things—we live because of His resurrection, we look forward to His return, waiting for our Marriage to the Lamb of God, and we will reign with Him. We live to share His Message and Kingdom with a lost world.
The Prophets were looking forward to these things that we live with. Luke 10:24—“For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Prophets Testified to Christ and all that He said, all that He was to do, and all that He has yet to do. We are a part of the future that these great men of faith were looking forward to. These prophets are serving you today. So anyone who thinks that a collection of books written almost 2000 years ago and more, is not relevant to you today is mistaken.
It was written to you, it is proven through prophecy, and it has the securing of our eternity with God as its message.
What I find amazing in this Marveling at the Message of God is the fact that angels are considered “God’s messengers”, in fact, “angel” means—“messenger of God”. But these great messengers of God “long to look into these things”—they long to look into the messages we have from the pages of Scripture, they long to look into the salvation that God provides for the people He loves.
Many people say they believe the Bible, most households have at least one Bible, but it just sits on the shelf, it doesn’t really affect their lives or way of thinking.
How does the Message of the Word of God affect you today? Are you living it, or are you letting it waste away through neglect? These prophets and apostles are continuing to preach the Good News to you today. The Glory of Christ is continuing to be revealed through the Life of the Church—and the Church’s history is being written in the lives of you and me and will not end until Christ returns for His Bride.
In the same way the Founders of this nation would want to hear about the state of the nation today, so would the writers that God used to pen the Scripture. They’d want to see if the testimony they gave to the Living God was still heeded, if it still changed lives.
The Word of God is still Living and Active and desires to be alive in your life and in your heart.
Hebrews 4:12-- For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Are you living to write yourself into the legacy of Christ, for the future of Christ’s kingdom on earth, or are you living only for yourself, hoping that your kids, grandkids… your future will pick up some religion along the way. We can Marvel at the Message we have been left, will the future be able to Marvel at how you are serving them?
Today we have the privilege of participating in a Legacy of Faith.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
There were No Fences in the Garden.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
By God’s Power
Until Christ’s Return
We are Shielded from the Controlling Nature of Sin, We are Shielded from the eternal effect of sin—broken relationship with God—we are shielded from the control and manipulation of the demonic—we are shielded from the full force of temptation because God has promised to provide a way out--even though we don’t always take advantage of it.
We are Not Shielded from all Suffering, from Pain or Difficulty. We are not shielded from all problems, emotions or decisions. We are not completely shielded from the effects of sin in our own lives or in the lives of others.
Yet we are still given Refuge and a place of safety, and we can still rejoice even in the midst of trials.
Rejoicing in the Shield of God—1:6-9
God is working to provide us refuge, to protect us now, today. And He will continue to work and protect and guide from this moment until Christ’s Return. Until we hear the trumpet sound, until we meet Him in the air—God will be our Refuge and our strong tower. Despite the long wait our faith has experienced over the years looking forward to His return, despite those that ridicule our belief in the promise of Christ, the reality that we hold on to with Hope—not wishful thinking, but Hope, is that He is returning. And we can and must rejoice in that fact.
Peter wants us to keep everything in the proper perspective. Our hope in Christ’s return changes everything.
No matter what is going on around you today, your Perspective must remain focused on The Reality of Christ’s Return. The reality of the Second Coming should change the way you look at and handle trials. Knowing Christ is returning to establish His kingdom, right all wrongs, and Elevate His people helps us to rejoice for God’s Refuge even during trials—because we know this world and our life in it will not always be this way. There is more than just a light at the end of the tunnel. He is the light! With that in mind you are more able to
Rejoice Even during Trials—Again, becoming a Follower & Disciple of Christ doesn’t mean that life is going to be nothing but roses from here on out. It doesn’t mean you won’t struggle, that you won’t experience loss or pain. We will experience those things just like everyone else because this world is fallen, it is marred by sin.
This world is no longer the perfect garden He made for us. So we will have struggles just like everybody else because we still live here.
In some ways, being a Xn may make you a bigger target in this world. The Scriptures call Satan the “Prince of This World”, and let me assure you that he will try harder to take you down once you have crossed enemy lines.
The unbelieving world—which hated and rejected Jesus, will at times treat believers with the same sentiment.
It is happening all over the world—hundreds of Chinese Xn’s are being arrested for attending church or training seminars . School kids in
Believers endure hardships and trials in this world just like everybody else, and on top of them, we sometimes suffer for our faith.
But remember the perspective that Peter is trying to give you—you Can rejoice even in the trials, rejoice during them, even overcoming them because as a Kingdom Believer, with you’re your mind and perspective focused on the Second Coming, compared to eternity you know they last only for “a little while” v. 6—which means the length of our trials here on earth do not compare to our time in eternity.
So we can rejoice in the relative short duration of our trials—admittedly, this is difficult—things seem long because of our limited frame of reference.
But if you and I will fully grasp the full meaning of the
But we can also rejoice that our sufferings and trials are not without purpose—they are not just random events with no meaning, no purpose or no benefit.
God’s Protection protects us from so many threats that we are unaware of, but when something happens, when some trial is allowed and comes our way it always has the same goal—the strengthening and growth of our faith. In this truth, I’m sure the angels marvel at how God can make something good of our trials here.
The Goal of Our Trials—READ v. 7—
Trials have the ability to bring us closer to God or drive us further away from Him. What do you believe is God’s desire?
God’s desire is that we always be brought closer. As we’ve been seeing on Wednesday nights, even God’s anger desires to draw us closer rather than push us away.
God’s desire is that our momentary trials be understood in light of our greater eternity—these trials Refine our Faith and make our eternity even better.
Even though it may be painful, these things help us in some way, they prepare us for something, they refine us. With our limited perspective, we probably won’t ever fully understand how God will use our trials this side of His coming.
Alan Mairson wrote an article for National Geographic about beekeepers who raise and transport bees for a living. He told the story of Jeff and Christine Anderson and how their daughter overcome an allergy to bee stings.
To build up her immunity, doctors administered a series of injections to Rachel over a four-month period. But, in order to maintain immunity, she needed a shot or a bee sting every 6 weeks .
So every 6 weeks Rachel’s parents would go outside and catch a bee. Then, as Rachel recalls, “Mom would take hold of my arm and roll my sleeve up. Then my Dad would make the bee mad and stick it on me and count to ten before he took the stinger out. But it worked.
”Now when I accidentally get stung, it barely swells, it barely hurts.”
Imagine how hard it must have been for those parents to know this was the only way to help their daughter live. In a world full of bees, a loving father must not shield his child from every sting. In fact, for the child’s own good the father must at times induce pain.
Your Faith, your Eternity is more important to God than your happiness, it’s more important than your comfort—your faith is “of greater worth than gold”. So He is willing to do anything to make your faith better, more pure, more beautiful, more glorifying to Him.
You’ve probably seen pictures of gold nuggets, but have you ever seen gold ore? It’s not very pretty, in fact, it really doesn’t look anything like gold at all. Not until you begin heating the ore does the gold begin to separate from the other minerals and elements. Only after careful, deliberate and intense heat can something beautiful be made. God is refining you today so you will be beautiful in eternity.
Do you value your faith as much as God does? If your faith is this valuable to God, shouldn’t it be valuable to you as well? In fact, your faith should be of greater value to you than any earthly treasure—even gold itself. Even the purest, most beautiful gold will not last in eternity. Your faith must be similarly refined so it can be PROVEN GENUINE. In other words, if your faith is real—then nothing will come between you and God. No person, no hurt, no failure, no threat will be able to pull you away from your faith in God.
God wants to see your faith Proven Genuine! A genuine faith brings greater glory to Him!
Everything that happens in our lives must be understood in light of what will bring glory to God. Everything in your life is preparing you for service and glory today.
When your faith is proven genuine and made pure it results in Praise, Glory and Honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
A Genuine Faith is one that Walks by Faith, not by sight.
Unseen Faith at Work-- READ v. 8.
Sadly instead of living by faith and not by sight—you and I live most days by sight and not by faith. It comes more naturally to us. But we have so much more available to us.
These believers were either 2nd Gen. Xns or not in
Many times during our trials our hearts sympathize with what Peter says—“though you do not see Him now”. In the midst of our struggles it seems like we cannot see His face, feel His Presence or hear His voice. But we still believe He is there walking us through the valley of the shadow of death. We still know that the unseen hand of Jesus is at work all around us.
Last week I reminded all of you of the fact that we will not be aware of the majority of instances when the Shield, Protection and Refuge of God is working. Even during trials and struggles His hand is still working.
The Hand of Jesus is working even when we cannot see Him. And True Faith will still believe in Him no matter what and in the midst of the trials God can and does fill you “with an inexpressible and glorious joy”.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
In reading—“Breaking the Missional Code” by Ed Stetzer and David Putman, I came across this paragraph on pg. 117 that is a great reminder of the danger of Christians to separate a little too much from those who need to hear the Good News of Christ the most.
Have you been guilty of it?
What ways or steps can be taken to avoid this?
Share your thoughts.Kelly
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Billy Graham in his book Angels: God’s Secret Agents, shared the account of…The Rev. John G. Paton, a missionary in the
I mean, when a single angel can go through the entire nation of Egypt in one night, or defeat an army of hundreds of thousands, is there anything we can do that would impress or defeat that angel? Is there anything about me that an angel marvels at? It can’t be how strong I am, it can’t be how fast I am, it can’t be how smart I am—there is only one thing that an angel marvels at, only one thing that makes them stoop over the shoulders of our existence—the Salvation God gives through His love for Us.
Why did God provide anything for us? Hasn’t He done enough for us? He created us, He gave us life, He set up this world for us to live seeing that it has air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat. He saw to it that we had companionship. You would think He’s done enough for us.
The great thing about God is that He doesn’t create something and then walk away. He takes great interest in the lives of His creation. Because He knows what’s going on in this world, He knows that it is not right, and that we cannot do anything to fix it, so He provides. He does it…
God reached out to us when we certainly didn’t deserve it; after all, we were the ones who messed up His creation.
The reality of God’s mercy must change the reason and the enthusiasm with which we praise Him. He has provided for us when we didn’t deserve it.
Justice—is getting what we deserve
Mercy—is not getting what we deserve
Grace—is getting overwhelmed by good things we don’t deserve
God has the right to strike us down with the proverbial lightening bolt the moment we sin against Him—that would be justice and what our sins deserve. God’s mercy and love motivates Him to do something else. James 2:13—“Mercy triumphs over judgment!”
We could have been shown mercy, but still remained languishing and stuck in our sins, unable to do anything about them.
What we need is a changed life. And that is exactly what God is trying to give you…a New Life—a life He gives, a life He Provides—one that is abundant and free. Receiving that New Life changes everything. In Christ, you are set free to live a new life, all the chains are broken except those that you don’t want to give over to Christ.
We have been given grace we don’t deserve. We must praise Him for His Mercy, for the New Life He gives and also b/c…
Genuine hope is not wishful thinking, but a firm assurance about things that are unseen and still in the future. Hebrews 11:1—“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
A living hope is its present reward--F. B. Meyer calls the living hope “the link between our present and future.” Our Living Hope affects who we are and how we live right now. It changes the way we Praise Him today b/c we are considering the Future that is secure.
Earthly inheritances are uncertain at best. Sometimes the value of an estate drops sharply because of market declines. Sometimes wills are successfully contested by parties not mentioned in them. Sometimes people are deprived of an inheritance because of legal technicalities.
The inheritance we have in Christ can never Perish—it’s not like livestock that can be wiped out by some disease.
it will never Fade—even if you wash it too often--the color will never run, the beauty will never diminish, it will never get covered over with dirt and dust, it will never lose it’s luster and need buffing and polishing.
The Inheritance that God is keeping and guarding for us in heaven is shining with beauty and power today like it was 2000 years ago the moment Jesus was raised from the dead.
The light of our inheritance is pulsing and shining with every beat of His heart.
As long as His heart is beating our inheritance will never Perish, Jesus’ body will never spoil or decay, Jesus’ glory will never fade. It is kept, held in trust for you in Heaven.
Should the reality of our inheritance not change the way we Praise Him? How can we just sit there and take it all for granted? How can we not sing with the loudest voice possible and not care how it sounds to someone else? How can we not be smiling while we sing? How can we be thinking of something else, or what your going to be doing after church when you have the
Our Protection until His Coming—
believe it or not—despite all of the troubles of this world, God is protecting us. He is shielding us.
Until our Complete Salvation is Revealed
When the hard times come, we assume God is no longer protecting us.
We have no idea the number and type of hardships that are avoided because of the Protection and shielding of God.
You weren’t even aware of the car accident the Shield of God saved you from as you drove home from the store this week did you? You weren’t even aware of the phone call Satan tried to use to keep you from coming this morning, or the sickness he tried to put in your children, or the bad night’s sleep, or burglar God made pass you by,
or the spark the shield of God put out so your house wouldn’t burn down.
We have so many reasons to praise Him. Peter lists 5 in just 5 verses and He could have listed more. His Provision is only the first part of what the angels long to look in to.
When was the last time the angels stooped over and marveled at what God was doing in your life? They may be marveling at what He is doing in you right now.The word of God may be awakening a fire in your heart to know Him, to worship Him. Will you let me know about it so we can join them in their celebration?