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Friday, July 3, 2009

Bible In One Year #135

Today's Bible Reading is 1 Peter 1 - 3.

I would love it if you would add your insights and whatever the Lord ministers to you as you read the bible passage. You can do that in the comments section of this post. God speaks to us in so many ways and what you share here may just be the word that I or someone else who reads it needs for the day and situation.

Here are my thoughts:
As I read today's scripture selection the verses that spoke to me were 1 Peter 3 vs 12 & vs 17-18.

1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers...

This verse contains a promise that brings much comfort knowing that the Lord's ears are open to our prayers - those of us who have been made righteous through his blood and that his eyes are over us meaning he's got our back, he's looking out for us to protect us, care for us, provide for us. Alleluia!

The other verses that spoke to me were vs 17 - 18 of 1 Peter 3.

1 Peter 3:17-18 - For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust...

When I read these verses what came to my mind are the many wives who are living right before God and striving to be the wife that God would have them to be and their backslidden or unsaved husbands are putting them through the wringer. If you are in that position hear this: It's the enemy of your soul and his evil spirits behind all this. You are being made to suffer because you are doing well. You are doing well because you surrendered your heart and life to Jesus Christ and are being what He requires of you. The kingdom of darkness is using others to cause you to suffer because you are doing well. Be encouraged that God is well-pleased once you are walking in obedience to Him and the verse says it is better to suffer for well-doin than for evil doing. It did not say we would not suffer in this life but that it is better to suffer for well-doing.

The next verse goes on to say that Christ also has suffered for sin, the just for the unjust. Christ suffered as well. Now that is not to say that you should stay in a physically abusive situation but it is to say that God watches over you and his ears are open to your prayer.

Lady Lydia of Living at Home has an excellent post called An Enduring Marriage that is worth reading. Click on the post title to go over and read it or click HERE. Have a blessed day.

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