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Read devotionals for May 2019

June 1, 2019

I Peter 1:4 – To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

Thought: Christians are children of God. God is their Father. He has provided an inheritance for all of His faithful children. It is an inheritance that can hardly be imagined. Peter describes it with three words. It is incorruptible. It cannot rust and decay. It is undefiled. There is no pollution or toxins therein. It never fades away. It is just as new a thousand years from now as it is today. It is reserved in heaven for us. What a blessing the Christian anticipates, an inheritance in heaven!

Acts 20:32

June 2, 2019

I Peter 1:5 – Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Thought: Peter describes those who will receive God’s inheritance. He says they are kept by the power of God. Many quit reading right there. They assert that once a person is saved he is always saved. Why? Because they are kept by the power of God. Peter, however, did not put a period after the word “God.” He said they are kept by the power of God through faith. Man plays an important role in his salvation. If he loses his faith, the power of God will not keep him. He will be lost.

Jude 1:24

June 3, 2019

I Peter 1:6 – Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

Thought: “Temptations” in this verse means trials, experience, tribulations, or adversity. It involves difficulties that test and try us, as well as, mockery and persecution. Peter notes that his readers were greatly rejoicing in their trials. This is strange. Trials usually bring sorrow, not joy. Dear reader, it is all about perspective, about how one views his trials. Struggles often teach us and make us strong.

Acts 5:40-41

June 4, 2019

I Peter 1:7 – That the trial of your faith being more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto the praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Thought: One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to endure “the trial of your faith.” It could involve fighting against temptation, being isolated from family, having to face resentment and ridicule from friends, or battling against severe persecution. The Christian cannot quit. He must endure. He comes out of the other side more precious than gold. Too, when the Lord returns, he will receive praise and honor and glory. Endure, my friend. Endure!

James 1:3-4

June 5, 2019

I Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Thought: In the previous verse, Peter mentioned the appearing of Jesus Christ. He now notes that this is the Jesus that his readers both love and believe in deeply. They do these things even though they had never seen the Christ. Their faith and love were not baseless concepts. They were grounded in fact, evidence, and reality. Because of them they rejoiced with joy unspeakable and were full of glory.

John 20:29

June 6, 2019

I Peter 1:9 – Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Thought: The “end” or “purpose” of one’s faith is the salvation of one’s soul. Man has a soul that is distinct from his physical body. This soul will continue to live on after his death. Sin taints the soul. Sin makes the soul unworthy and unable to live with God eternally. God has provided a way for man’s soul to be cleansed through the blood of Jesus. Faith accesses the grace of God. Without faith, man cannot be saved. Please remember that faith includes obedience, not simple mental assent.

Hebrews 10:35-39

June 7, 2019

I Peter 1:10 – Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.

Thought: God had been preparing individuals for the salvation found in Christ since man fell in the Eden. Part of the preparation involved the proclamations of the prophets. These men knew they were predicting the future. However, they did not always understand the things they were predicting. They inquired and search diligently. Peter told his readers that the things that intrigued those men of God involved the grace they had received. In essence, the prophecies were complete in them.

Acts 3:22-24

June 8, 2019

I Peter 1:11 – Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Thought: Again, the prophets knew they were predicting future events. Their minds raced as they sought to determine the meaning of their revelations. They, however, just could not grasp what God was doing. The sufferings of Jesus after He came to earth and the glory He received following His resurrection were their subject matter. Aren’t you glad we know what they did not?

Isaiah 53:3-9

June 9, 2019

I Peter 1:12 – Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Thought: Christians are the recipients of the blessings the prophets foretold years ago. What had been hidden for years and years was eventually made known by preachers and teachers of the gospel in the first century. They could make it known because the Holy Spirit revealed the message unto them. Peter notes that even the angels were unaware of the meaning of the prophets’ message of the past. Again, Christians are blessed to both understand the message and to receive its salvation.

Galatians 1:11-12

June 10, 2019

I Peter 1:13 – Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Thought: As the recipients of the blessings foretold by the prophets, we need to do certain things. Peter commands us to do three things. First, gird up the loins of your mind. This refers to being prepared. Servants and laborers had to gird up their clothing when it was time to complete their responsibilities. Second, he exhorts us to be sober. The strict meaning is “do not be intoxicated.” Our minds need to be serious about our Christianity. Third, we need to hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto us when Jesus comes. This is our motivation for doing the other two.

Titus 2:11-13

June 11, 2019

I Peter 1:14 – As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.

Thought: In the previous verse, Peter revealed three things that Christians need to do as the recipients of the salvation in Christ. He continues that list in this verse. First, he tells us to be obedient children. Our Father loves us, cares for us, and provides for us. In return, we should be obedient. We should obey the commands He gives to us. Second, we need to remain separate from the lusts of the flesh we used to practice. These things bring sin into our lives and separate us from our heavenly Father.

Colossians 3:5-7

June 12, 2019

I Peter 1:15 – But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.

Thought: The demand for the Christian to be holy is not surprising. The reason is because God is holy. Thus, Peter exhorts us, saying: “…so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” Notice the word “all.” Our thoughts should be holy. Our motives should be holy. Our words should be holy. Our agendas should be holy. Our behavior should be holy. Everything about us should be holy. “Be ye holy.”

I Thessalonians 4:7

June 13, 2019

I Peter 1:16 – Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Thought: Peter has set the bar of holiness extremely high. We are to be holy for God is holy. In Revelation 15:4, we read: “…for thou only art holy…” Holiness involves three things: 1) purity, 2) being set apart, and 3) being used for a divine purpose. It is the first element of holiness that makes God alone holy. We are not 100% pure, but God is. Dear reader, we strive for holiness. Thank God Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin.

Leviticus 11:44

June 14, 2019

I Peter 1:17 – And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

Thought: There are certain ways Christians are to live that are quite different from the way those in the world live. We are to pass the time of our sojourning here in fear. Peter refers to our time here as sojourning. We are travelers in a strange land heading to our permanent abode in heaven. While here, we fear, that is, respect and honor God. We know Him. One day all will stand before Him in judgment and we will be judged without respect of persons. This is one reason we fear Him.

Hebrews 4:1

June 15, 2019

I Peter 1:18 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.

Thought: The Christians to whom Peter wrote has been redeemed. They had been purchased. The price paid for them, however, did not involve corruptible things such as silver and gold. This is intriguing because riches are the usual method when paying a ransom. Notice Peter says that they were redeemed from their “vain conversation.” Prior to their becoming Christians, their lives were empty, worthless, and useless. It takes Christ to make a person’s life special.

Psalm 39:6

June 16, 2019

I Peter 1:19 – But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Thought: We were not redeemed with corruptible things, but with the “precious blood of Christ.” The word “precious” means “valuable, costly.” It is valuable because it was the blood of the divine Son of the living God. He was our perfect sacrifice, a lamb without blemish and without spot. Only He met the full demand of divine law. The price of our spiritual freedom was very high.

Revelation 7:14

June 17, 2019

I Peter 1:20 – Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.

Thought: God’s love for His creation was manifested even before He created Him. Before the foundation of the world, God devised a plan to save man when he sinned. It involved His precious Son Jesus. It involved the cross of Calvary. It involved the shedding of blood in order to pay the penalty for sin. That plan was brought to fruition almost two thousand years ago in the city of Jerusalem. Now all men can be recipients of the amazing grace of God.

Ephesians 1:4

June 18, 2019

I Peter 1:21 – Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Thought: Jesus’ death and resurrection are the foundation of our faith. Had these two things never transpired, there would be no reason for faith in anyone. Jesus died to pay the price for our sins. He was raised to prove that He is the Son of God. Not only does our faith stand upon these things, but so does our hope. There is salvation now and salvation to come. We earnestly desire it and expect it!

Jeremiah 17:7

June 19, 2019

I Peter 1:22 – Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeign love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

Thought: In this verse, Peter reveals how his readers obtained their hope. They purified their souls when they obeyed the truth. This truth had been revealed by the Holy Spirit of God. When they obeyed, they came into contact with the cleansing blood of Christ. One of the things that caused them to desire this purification was the love that Christians had for one another. They saw their love and wanted to be part of it. Now as Christians they should love one another with a pure heart fervently.

Romans 6:16-17

June 20, 2019

I Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Thought: The Word of God plays a very important role in the conversion process. It is like seed. It is planted into the human heart. If the soil is good, it will bring forth fruit abundantly. Peter describes this seed in two ways. He notes that it is incorruptible. It will never rot and become unusable. Too, it lives and abides forever. It will never perish. It will never be destroyed from the earth. Dear reader, seed, the Word of God, exists. There is soil, the hearts of man. Now, we only need to sow the seed.

Matthew 13:3-9