OceanSide church of Christ
Read devotionals for July 2019
August 1, 2019
I Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
Thought: The way to really solidify our Christian lives is by sanctifying Christ in our hearts. He must be set apart from all else. When we do, we can withstand temptation. We can also stand under the pressure of persecution. When we make our stands, we will often be questioned by men. We need to be ready to give an answer for our hope. Too, we need to answer with the right attitudes, “with meekness and fear.” Our sterling example could lead someone to Christ.
August 2, 2019
I Peter 3:16 – Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as evil doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Thought: Peace involves being able to live with ourselves regardless of how we are being treated by the world. Each of us should live the Christian life in such a way as to have a good conscience. It does not matter whether the world slanders us and falsely accuses us. Eventually, a godly life shines to the surface. Even those who have opposed us are ashamed. They are ashamed because their accusations do not match the kind of lives we are living. Ours is a good conversation in Christ.
August 3, 2019
I Peter 3:17 – For it is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
Thought: Suffering is never pleasant. Some suffering, however, we bring on ourselves. We violate the law. We rebel against authority. We break the rules. When we are caught, we suffer the consequences. There is nothing positive about this type of suffering. Some suffering comes because of our well-doing. This type of suffering, though difficult, is beneficial. We walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Our Christian light shines. We stand on principles. We shame our enemies. We glorify God and have His approval.
August 4, 2019
I Peter 3:18 – For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
Thought: There is so much packed into this one verse. Savior. Suffering. Sins. Substitute. Syndication. Sacrifice. Standing. Spirit. The context reminds us of the inspiration of the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit filled the Word of God with unfathomable depths of knowledge. Christ suffered for me, the unjust, by being put to death and raised again for the purpose of bringing me to God. It was not an easy sacrifice, but it was a loving one that was filled with blessings for all men.
August 5, 2019
I Peter 3:19 – By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.
Thought: By means of the Spirit, Jesus preached to “the spirits in prison.” When did He do this? Many believe that He did it after His death while He was in the hadean realm. There are two points that cause us to question this. First, His preaching was to a specific group of people. Second, His preaching would not have changed anything. Jesus really preached through Noah while those spirits were in their human bodies. That preaching was beneficial, warning them of coming judgment.
II Peter 2:5
August 6, 2019
I Peter 3:20 – Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Thought: Jesus’ preaching was done through Noah to the disobedient of his day. God was longsuffering with these individuals. Year after year, Noah pled with them to repent and turn to God. Sadly, after the ark was built, the day of judgment arrived. Only eight souls entered into the ark. The rest of the population of the earth rejected the message of pending doom. The earth is in a similar situation day. Now, we are in that time wherein God is being longsuffering. Judgment will come!
August 7, 2019
I Peter 3:21 – The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Thought: Peter noted that Noah and his family “were saved by water” (v. 20). He now makes this comparison: “The like figure where unto even baptism doth also now save us.” Noah and his family were lifted by the waters of the flood out of an evil, sin-filled world and set into a world that was purged of iniquity. The waters of baptism do the same things to the sinner who submits thereunto. He goes into those waters with sin. He comes out having been cleansed by Jesus’ blood. It does not involve the cleansing of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience by doing what God says to do.
August 8, 2019
I Peter 3:22 – Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Thought: After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven to sit on the right hand of God. He was given all power and all authority. His authority resides on earth and in heaven. Man is subject unto Him. Governments are subject unto Him. The angelic hosts are subject unto Him. Our Lord is high and above all things. Yes, Jesus is our Savior. But, we must remember He is also our Lord and Master.
August 9, 2019
I Peter 4:1 – Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.
Thought: Christ suffered for us in the flesh. His suffering paid the price for sin. Listen to that again. Jesus’ death paid the price for sin. In like manner, Christians will suffer. The reason we suffer is because we have ceased from sin. The world does not accept, appreciate, or tolerate our lifestyle. To endure, we must arm ourselves with the mind of Christ. He suffered patiently, and so must we.
August 10, 2019
I Peter 4:2 – That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Thought: When a person chooses to become a Christian, he chooses a different way of living. He no longer lives attempting to fulfill the sinful desires of the flesh. He now lives with a desire to do the will of God. This is not an easy life to live. Our lusts are constantly being enticed by Satan. We fight the battle between the Spirit and the flesh every day. God’s love for us and our commitment to Him enable us to make the choice to do His will. Every day we crucify the flesh with its lusts and live for God.
August 11, 2019
I Peter 4:3 – For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.
Thought: Everyone who is a Christian has a past. That past is filled with sinful things. Evil lusts, wicked thoughts, bad words, and ungodly acts were part of our lifestyle. This is how we “were.” This is “the time past of our life.” This is not the present. We were brought to our senses. We were redeemed. We were converted. Now we serve a new Master. Even though others continue in those sinful activities, we have been washed, sanctified, and justified. We want to be Christ-like.
I Corinthians 6:9-11
August 12, 2019
I Peter 4:4 – Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.
Thought: The world thinks it “strange” that we do not participate in the things in which they engage. Evil things bring them pleasure. They believe that they find fulfillment therein. They “live” in order to enjoy the sinful activities of life. Because we do not, they speak evil of us. They ridicule us. They call us names. They try to “shame” us. My friends, we are not strange. We are redeemed and holy.
August 13, 2019
I Peter 4:5 – Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
Thought: All men, good and evil, will give an account to God. All men, living and dead, will give an account unto God. All men, young and old, will give an account unto God. All men, rich and poor, will give an account unto God. All men, regardless of color, will give account unto God. Christians and the enemies of Christians will give account unto God. My friends, it is a fearful thing to fall into God’s hands. Notice Peter says, God is “ready” to judge the quick and the dead.
August 14, 2019
I Peter 4:6 – For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Thought: In the previous verse, Peter noted that God is ready to judge the living and the dead. He now tells us that this is the reason the gospel was preached to those who are now dead. The gospel was designed to change them. They were composed of flesh, but their minds and lives were governed by God and His holy Word. Such living would prepare them for the judgment. How are you living your life? Does the gospel direct your steps? Are you ready to stand before God?
August 15, 2019
I Peter 4:7 – But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Thought: In Scripture, there are many “ends” to which various writers refer. The end does not always refer to the end of the world. To understand the end, the passage must be kept in context. Here, the end appears to be the fall of the city of Jerusalem. Peter told his readers it is “at hand.” It has been almost 2,000 years since this was written. Surely Peter was not referring to the end of the world. Endings are usually traumatic and tragic. Thus, Peter tells them to be sober and watch unto prayer.
August 16, 2019
I Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Thought: The crowning jewel in the Christian’s spiritual attire is love. Peter exhorts us to put it “above all things.” It should be our high priority item. He also describes the love we should have. He calls it “fervent” charity. It is a burning, passionate love. It is deeply sincere. The reason for such love is that it covers a multitude of sins. Love enables us to forgive. Love longs to forgive. Forgiveness is often the key to lasting relationships. However, love is the foundation of such forgiveness.
August 17, 2019
I Peter 4:9 – Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Thought: Hospitality is defined simply as “the love of strangers.” Here, Peter exhorts Christians to use hospitality one to another. Sometimes in congregations, members are strangers to one another. They see one another from week to week. They kindly say: “Hello,” but they are not closely associated. Peter urges Christians show hospitality to such people. Open your home to them. Provide them with a meal. Get to know them. And, as you do this, do it “without grudging,” that is, without complaining.
August 18, 2019
I Peter 4:10 – As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Thought: There were two different types of gifts that Christians received in the first century: miraculous gifts and natural gifts that were diverse and scattered throughout the local congregation (I Cor. 12:8-10; Rom. 12:6-8). Whatever gift a person had, Peter exhorts him to “minister the same one to another.” Gifts were to be used to assist others. These gifts did not originate with man. God gave them. Christians, therefore, were exhorted to be “good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
August 19, 2019
I Peter 4:11 – If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ: to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Thought: Peter tells us how to speak, as the oracles of God. Peter tells us how to minister, do it as of the ability which God giveth. Peter tells us the reason for doing these things in these ways, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ. Do we want God to be glorified? Some do not seem to be too concerned about it. It they were they would try harder to speak and minister as God desires.
August 20, 2019
I Peter 4:12 – Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happen unto you.
Thought: The Christian will suffer adversity. The child of God will have to endure the fiery trials of affliction. When they come, the man of God does not question them. When they come, the woman of God does not believe that she is facing something unique. God’s people have always been tried. It is not a strange thing. In fact, it proves you are a follower of Christ. Stand in the fire. Thank God that you have been counted worthy to suffer for His name.
I Thessalonians 3:3-4
August 21, 2019
I Peter 4:13 – But, rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Thought: Instead of thinking that our trials are strange, we should rejoice in them. Why? Our trials enable us to be partakers of Christ’s sufferings. Our Master suffered. We suffer. We are like our Master. That is a joyous thought. “I am like Christ.” This also gives us hope for the future. When Jesus returns in His glory, we will be glad with exceeding joy. He will be looking for us and will take us with Him forever.
II Corinthians 4:17-5:1
August 22, 2019
I Peter 4:14 – If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Thought: The word “reproached” means to upbraid, defame, chide, and rail at. When someone defames us, it is not a pleasant experience. However, if we are chided for being a Christian, Peter tells us: “Happy are ye.” It indicates who we are. We are children of God and are filled with His Spirit. Yes, the world speaks evil of God, but our suffering for him brings glory and honor to His name. Yes, “happy are ye.”