Updated: Apr 3
1 Peter 1:17
(September 22, 2022)
Take Time to Pray
6 I call on You, O God, for You will answer me;
give ear to me and hear my prayer.
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
God is impartial.
God is our Heavenly Father.
3/12/2023 God is to be reverently feared.
God does not compare us and say, "so and so did this, why didn't you?" God looks at each one of us through the lens of Jesus' sacrifice and sees only two people - Jesus and you. He sees our faith in Jesus and Jesus' sacrifice and therefore, not our sin.
We are to lived as strangers in a foreign land. We don't take part in activities that the Lord says "no" to.
We cannot gain Heaven by anything that we do. Jesus has gained Heaven for us.
3/12/2023 We are to live in reverent fear. Not afraid of punishment, but in awe of God.
How do I live as a stranger?
3/12/2023 How do I live in reverent fear?
Try to keep my thoughts, actions, and words in line with God's Word and not in line with the world.
Compare everything questionable against God's Word.
(Completed using TEND method - marieldavenport.com)
3/12/2023 Note: God does not intend for us to lock ourselves in our homes and stay away from the world. He wants us to be in this world, shining a bright light for others to see and come to Him. While we are separate from the world in many of our choices, we cannot hide from the world. Our choices, that set us apart, are to be a demonstration to others of what God's love has done for us. When it seems like we are giving up something fun, we are not to hang our head and think "I wish I could do that." We are to be thankful to God that He has given us His Son, Jesus and our choices to not partake in "fun" activities is our living demonstration of our gratitude to God for His gifts to us. And how many of those "fun" activities can have negative affects on our lives - if not immediately, but some time in the future.
Thank you, Lord, for setting me apart and giving me a chance to live out my gratitude in the choices I make daily.