Category Archives: 1 Peter

Dead or Alive?

Admittedly, it’s my opinion, an opinion born of observation. 

The Church (by that I mean people as a whole professing to be Christians) has forgotten we have a real enemy.
The church at large, for a way long time now, conducts business as though Satan is dead or at the most just a little cartoon character with neither power nor gumption to pay us any mind. 
How about this?

1 Peter 5:8  (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. source

Or this one?

John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. source

And this one?

Job 2:7  (NKJV) So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. source

Does this sound like someone we should just ignore, pretend he does not exist? 

Let’s look at another one. 

Mark 4:15  (NKJV) 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. source

Shall we ignore this? If we do, he is well at work just as described in Mark 4:15.

Am I suggesting we live in mortal fear of him? Hiding in our homes refusing to venture out, afraid to open our mouths? 
Nope. Just cultivate a healthy respect for a deadly enemy and a passion to abide in an intimate fellowship with our Father Who can right today send him cowering in mortal fear and eventually to the Lake of Fire forever. 

Here. Read this from Revelation 20 and have a delightful day! 

Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 
and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. source

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 
and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 
They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. source

How’s that for encouragement?

Pleas For Mercy

I confess before these witnesses, Father, that the people of this Land have and are living wickedly and are habitually engaging in acts of evil and as such have earned Your wrath.
I am here to ask You for mercy.
I am asking You to pour out not Your wrath but Your Holy Spirit to convict and convince people of their sins and the sure judgment that shall come without their repentance.
I pray people will be stricken with the revelation that they are undone and You alone can redeem them.
Moreover, I am asking You to put the legal system to work for You as well as investigative minds and personnel to route out and locate perpetrators of illegal acts, bringing them to face earthly justice for their crimes against this Land. I pray for lawful and truthful evidence to be brought forth and that earthly adjudication will be a catalyst You can use to bring them to repentance and salvation, saving them from hell and eternal damnation and give them the opportunity to KNOW You and love You. 
I pray too, Abba, that we the Church, each and every one of us, will receive revelation in our own hearts of our sins and that we will quickly and honestly repent and be filled with Your Holy Spirit to the glory of Yeshua, Your Holy Son, and our Savior and Lord. 

1 Peter 4:17  (NKJV) 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? source

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  source

John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. source

If you have questions or would like more information, I would welcome your comment or email. 

Accepted

I am reading 1 Peter 5:10 and it reads like this:

1 Peter 5:10  (NKJV)10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  source 

But may the GOD of all grace . . .
What GOD?
The GOD of all grace. All the grace I will ever need. That is Who He is.
Grace.
What is grace anyway? Some say grace is the unmerited favor of GOD.
I don’t disagree with that.
Is there any more?
Grace.
The Hebrew word for our English word grace is chen (with a sign over the e which my keyboard does not have).
According to my Strong’s Interlinear Search, it means Acceptance.
I have been ACCEPTED by Him, the GOD of all grace! And that acceptance is UNMERITED. I did not earn it. I could not earn it. No amount of good works will get me grace. You either.

So, how? How did GOD the perfect Holy One, how did He accept me? Read on.

Who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus!
Jesus must have known what He was talking about when He said:

John 14:6  (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  source

So are you Accepted? How do you know you are?

Just Asking . . . For the 6th Time

1 Peter 1:5-7  (NKJV) (A)who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (B)In this you greatly rejoice, though now (C)for a little while, if need be, (D)you have been [a]grieved by various trials, that (E)the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though (F)it is tested by fire, (G)may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,    source

Who are kept by the power of GOD it reads. I have questions.

How by the power of GOD are people kept, especially now?
Through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
This is the last time. It has been since Yeshua ascended.

So, in this last time is it being revealed who is in saving faith?
Will this revealing escalate? That is will world events continue to make it easier to discern who has saving faith and who does not?

In this you greatly rejoice it reads. Am I?
And about what? What am I to greatly rejoice about in this last time?
though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials
Am I to greatly rejoice that my trials are for only a little while?
Okay. A little while is better than a long while, right?
And it does say if need be, doesn’t it?
So, unless it is necessary, I will not be suffering. That’s good, right?
Oh! It’s not just one trial but various. That’s all kinds, right?
But it still says IF NEED BE. I have to remember that.

Wait. Why are these trials necessary, again?
that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Oh. No more questions. At least at this moment. 🙂 

Of a Mind

YouVersion.

I open this app often, almost daily. I did today and I found a verse in one of the devotions that required I ask myself some questions. And since I’m asking, perhaps you will also be of a mind to ask yourself a question or two.

So the question I was compelled to ask?
So, what are you craving? I mean what. Are. You. Craving?
What in this world do you want?

How we answer that will tell us who we are. It will tell us who and where our priorities fall.
I’m getting the picture with my name on it. And you?

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