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1 Peter Ch 5 V 1-14

1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of
Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as
overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants
you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over
those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief
Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade
away.

5Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of
you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift
you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in
the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are
undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make
you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever.
Amen.
12With the help of Silas,whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,
encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand
fast in it. 13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her
greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

God says to the elders among us (people with a more firm foundation of
the Bible) that when we guide the new believers, we should care with them
with the love and kindness God has always shown us. God doesn’t want us to
love the ones we are bringing up because we have to, but because we want to.
We should not be in this for money, or to be masters over new believers, but
we should want to serve God, be role models for the new believers. When God
comes back, we will be rewarded.

To us younger people, we should obey those who are older than us, by faith
or age. We need to become more humble with each other, because “God opposes
the proud but gives grace to the humble.” We should humble ourselves to
others because this is what God commands us. He will lift us up when it is
time, and we should also throw away all of our stress, knowing that the God
of the universe loves us, and will always be behind us.

God tells us to be conscience of our actions. The devil is always looking
to take a person away from God’s glory, this is satan’s way of attacking
God. We have to stand firm in our faith, resisting everything satan will
tempt us with. Remember, every other person on earth is going through the
same struggles and problems that we have.

God then will come Himself, after our time of suffering on earth is over,
resurrect us and make us eternal, in that we will live with Him in heaven
forever and ever.

Peter, with the help of Silas and also God guiding him, has written to us;
to encourage us and to also testify that God’s love is real. We should greet
one another with love, and peace be with us. The she in the passage could be referring to Peter’s church, and the son could also be referring to a person he holds dearly.

Praises:

–  Thank you God for the gifts you have given me.
– Thank you for this beautiful morning, and letting me wake up at 9:30! I hope everyday it can become earlier and earlier.

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1 Peter Ch 4 V 12-19

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

God tells us that we should not be surprised that we will be persecuted as Christians, it is nothing out of the ordinary. We should be happy that we are being persecuted as Christians, so when Jesus comes we can be proud knowing that we are sons of Christ. When we are being persecuted we would know that the Holy Spirit is within us. When we suffer, it should not be because of a crime but as a believer, punished for our beliefs. When we are being persecuted do not be ashamed, but thank God that we can be acknowledged as those of God. When the Armageddon comes, and if the believers are saved first, what will become of the non-believers? If life is hard for us because we believed, what will happen to those that chose not to believe?

Praises:

–  Thank you God for the gifts you have given me.

1 Peter Ch 4 V 1-11

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also
with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is
done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly
life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you
have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to
do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and
detestable idolatry. 4They think it strange that you do not plunge
with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on
you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge
the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was
preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged
according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in
regard to the spirit.
7The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and
self-controlled so that you can pray. 8Above all, love each other
deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer
hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each one should use
whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully
administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he
should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves,
he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things
God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the
power for ever and ever. Amen.

.  As Jesus has suffered pain to Himself while on the cross, we should
have the same endurance and strength when serving the Lord, because
when we suffer for Christ, it is acknowledging that we have already
accepted Him, and our sins are washed away. Our desire on this earth
would not be for worldly pleasures but to live to glorify God. We were
born into this world sinners, and have now returned to God by
accepting Jesus. Non-believers will think it is strange that we do not
live the same lifestyle as them, living selfishly and for oneself, but
instead for God. At this God says we will be persecuted for being
different, but when the time of judgement comes it will be those that
have not accepted who will have to be ready to face God and the
consequences. The time where Jesus will come back to earth is near, we
should be conscious of ourselves so that we may stay wise. God’s
greatest command is to love each and everyone single person, because
when we love one another why would we steal from them, commit violence
against them, wanting to do them harm? If we love someone we would
have no desire to commit these things. We should extend our kindness
and hospitality to them without complaining. Each of us have received
different gifts and talents to serve the Lord with, and also to show
the love of God to the others with. God commands us that when we
speak, we speak with the grace and love as He had done. When we serve
others, such as through work and evangelizing, we should do it with
the energy God will provide for us. May we glorify God for the rest of
our lives, Amen.

1 Peter Ch 3 Verses 1-22

1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if
any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without
words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and
reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward
adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and
fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the
unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth
in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who
put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were
submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and
called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right
and do not give way to fear.

7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your
wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs
with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder
your prayers.

8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be
sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not
repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because
to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
11He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]

13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if
you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear
what they fear[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15But in your hearts set
apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do
this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so
that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ
may be ashamed of their slander. 17It is better, if it is God’s will,
to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ died for
sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to
God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
19through whom[d] also he went and preached to the spirits in prison
20who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah
while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all,
were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now
saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge[e]
of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of
Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right
hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

God wrote this first passage to the ladies, telling them the
qualities of a wife, and also as a woman. Wives should show God’s love
through their behavior toward the husbands, so that we may see the
pureness of one in Christ. Women’s beauty should not come from their
outward appearances, but from their inner self.. (Many women still do
not understand this part). It is the things from their heart that
brings joy to God. This was the way many holy women used to make
themselves beautiful to God. God wants women to be submissive to their
husbands, to do what is right and do not give in to fear.

God wants the husbands, refering to us, to in the same way be loving
toward your wife, treat them with respect as they are the weaker
partner (in physical strength) and are our partners in life, so that
nothing will get in our way with God.

God then tells us that we need to live in peace with one another,
have sympathy, love your brothers and sisters in Christ, have
compassion, and be humble. When someone does evil to you, do not do it
back; When someone gives an insult, do not give it back, but instead
return a blessing, as God has done for us. Whoever wants his days to
become more joyful must keep his mouth from speaking evil and also
preaching lies. We must abstain from sin and go out and show love to
one another, because God writes that He focuses his attention on those
that are living lives to glorify Him, and He would gladly answer their
prayers to help them further glorify Him. But when we fall away from
God and more into sin, those are the times when God feels very distant
from us.

God writes, if you are eager to do what is right, who will be
seeking to harm you? Even if you are wronged because you have done
what is right, you are blessed. There is no reason we should fear the
things of this world, as we have the God of the universe always
guiding us. We should always be ready to answer those who would
question us about our faith, with gentleness and respect. Continuously
do what is right, so the ones that are persecuting you will be ashamed
of what they are doing. God tells us that it is better to be
persecuted for doing good than to be punished for commiting evil,
because Jesus died for everyone of us, for the believers and
non-believers, so that we may return back to God. He died an earthly
death but was resurrected through the Holy Spirit. Through the many
believers He filled them with this Spirit so they may also go out and
spread the Gospel to those that have before denied Him. It is by
Jesus’s sacrifice that our sins are washed away, but we are not saved
because of this fact; It is because we believed that He did die for
us. Our faith saves us through Jesus, who is now in heaven together as
one with God.

Praises:

–  I was able to spend more time reading the Bible today!
–  I am able to do things that I would have previously thought
impossible through the Holy Spirit.
– I feel great this morning, that I was able to do my devotions, the
day looks great!
– Thank God for giving me a great rest, I feel as if I could do anything!

Thank you God!

Praise God for giving me the discipline to do my devotion right when I woke up!

1 Peter Ch 2 Verses 13-25

13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22″He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e] 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

.  God wants us to submit our selves to the goverments created by men, no matter if they are good or evil. For instance, if our nation were to be ruled by a tyrant and we were commanded to kill certain groups of people, we would be the ones secretly helping the oppressed escape to the best of our abilities, instead of just protesting. Protesting would probably have little effect if the tyrant in question had enough support. God wants us to do the commands of the government so the non-believers would have nothing to complain about against Christians. Live your life on Earth as anyone would, but do not use this as an excuse to begin sinning, live your life to glorify God and to serve Him. Respect and love everyone, the believers and the non-believers. Thank God for everything He has done and will do in our lives, and also pay your respects to the earthly president/king.

.  God wants us to follow governments no matter if they are good, but also the harsh ones. God means to tell us even when we are being persecuted by those around us, we should endure it, “When Peter gave this commandment to the Christians, it was during the Roman empire, when Christians were being persecuted, cut in half, thrown to be mauled by tigers, etc– Neilsen”, for being able to still stand up for God while being oppressed is commendable. But if we are punished because we commited a crime, there is no glory to God in this case. Just as how Jesus suffered on the cross, we too should endure the persecutions and continue to love our neighbors. Jesus never commited a sin, and everything that came out of His mouth was directly from God, which has no deceits. When Jesus was being persecuted He did not fight back. Jesus died on the cross for our sins on the cross, so that whoever believes in Him would have eternal life. By Jesus’s sacrifice we have been saved. For we were once lost, but now that we have come to accept Jesus, we have returned back to God.

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