Posted by: heisourstrongtower | October 12, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2014 ~ Day 13

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 13

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read 1 Peter 1-2 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…

• What is the main point of this portion? 

• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?

• What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?

• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

A reflection on today’s reading…

1 Peter 1; 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

1 Peter 2; 10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

1 Peter 2; 22 He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
25 Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.

As I read our assignment for today, I copied these verses to a word document to reflect on during my day. One thing is coming to me, strongly, through what I read in the first two chapters of 1 Peter…RANSOM!

You know I had to take this word and get the official definition for it, right???

Ransom – money that is paid in order to free someone who has been captured or kidnapped; a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity; to deliver especially from sin or its penalty; to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price

How about some synonyms for ransom; payment, redeem, rescue, exchange, redemption, release, deliver, restore, liberate, set free, buy back, and secure the release of…

WOW!!!

The other day I was having a conversation with my grandchildren and it went something like this…
“I have a question for you guys. What holiday do you believe should have the most meaning to Christians; Christmas or Easter?”

“Easter”, was the reply I received from all four of my grandchildren, pretty amazing if you ask this proud Mae Mae.

“Okay, why do you say Easter?” was my next question.

“Because Easter is about Jesus dying for our sins and then coming back to life after three days.”

“Do you know what Jesus went through both before being placed on the cross and then on the cross?”

“Yes, He was beaten and spit on and they called Him names and they placed a crown of thorns on His head and they stabbed Him in the side and they placed nails in His feet and His hands.”

“Do you think about any of that before you decide to disobey Mom or Dad or before you do something that you know will not make God happy?”

Silence inside of the car and then a little voice from the back says, “No…well sometimes.”

“It’s hard isn’t it? I try, I don’t always succeed, but I do try to think about what Jesus suffered to save me because of my sins, before I do something that I know put Him on that cross. Because you know right, that Jesus died for our sins before we were even born? And another thing, I feel really bad when I do something that I shouldn’t and then remember that Jesus died for that sin. It almost feels like I am putting back on the cross all over again.”

That’s when my youngest grandson said, ‘You know Mae Mae, it should have been us on that cross.”

He is exactly right, it should have been, but Jesus paid our ransom. Let’s spend some time today really reflecting on the fact that Jesus set us free and how we place Him back on that cross every time we sin!


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