Grace Means Security: A Devotional on 1 Peter 1:3-9

Grace Means Security: A #Devotional on 1 Peter  1

Grace Means Security.

The title above the text in my study Bible grabbed my attention. I hadn’t noticed it before. Normally I skip right over the titles in an effort to keep continuity between the verses, and the past few days have been no different.

I noticed who wrote the letter of 1 Peter – it was Peter, of course.

I recognized the recipients – believers who were scattered throughout 5 Roman provinces of what is now Turkey.

I read the blessings of being one of God’s children, of our inheritance and of God’s protection.

I chewed on the words but somehow was missing the bigger picture until I stumbled on the title – written by a scholar to help us better understand this portion of the text: Grace means security. 

And somehow those 1st 9 verses took on new meaning in my heart.

Friends, if we are believers in Jesus Christ, accepting His free gift of salvation, we. are. secure.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

In mercy, God withheld what I deserved.

Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, and in Romans 6:23, we learn that the consequence of our sin is death. Before Jesus, I was dead in my sins.

I deserve death.

But here is the amazing thing: In mercy, God withheld what I deserved and because of grace, He gave me what I could never earn.

God is a life-giver.

We saw it in Creation, when God breathed the breath of life into Adam. We saw it when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and when Jesus died and rose again! We see new life written all over the pages of Scripture.

God takes what is spiritually dead and gives new spiritual life!

New birth = new life.

New birth = new hope!

“… to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…”

This hope, this inheritance, is imperishable – it is beyond the reach of change or decay; it is undefiled and unfading, kept in Heaven for me! This salvation is reserved for me.

I am a new creation, and many days, I’m still learning how to live this new life. Being born again means learning to walk differently, think differently, live differently. Even though I’ve been a Christian most of my life, I’m still stretching my legs and building my muscles.

I’ve learned how to walk but I’m still figuring out how to run and leap and live free in this new life.

In the process, I fall down a lot. I make mistakes.

I sin.

I feel insecure.

I endure suffering, and a lot of times I create my own suffering.

But no matter how we feel, no matter what we walk through, this salvation is reserved for us. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39).

God’s protection surrounds us, as we walk by faith, as we live by faith. We will walk through trials. We will face discouragement and disappointment and dissatisfaction, but it is through our trials that God strengthens our faith. “God uses trials to distinguish between genuine and superficial faith” (Dr. Louis Barbieri).

I want real faith, real relationship, real salvation — and it’s found only in Jesus.

 

We live in a world where we often feel like we have to prove something or try to measure up or work our way to be recognized.

We all struggle with insecurity, don’t we? Am I responsible enough? Kind enough? Fun enough? Disciplined enough? Courageous enough? Thin enough? Smart enough? Talented enough?

Am *I* enough?

And the bottom line is that in Christ Jesus, you. are. enough.

God’s grace gives us that security.

 

 

Pray Truth: Using Scripture to Shape our Prayer

Praying 1 Peter 1:3-9

God, it is by your great mercy that I have been born again. You withheld what I deserved and gave me life instead! Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I now have a living hope! May I live with great expectation and remember this priceless inheritance that is mine in Christ — an inheritance that is pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay, an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for me.

Thank you, Lord, that by faith I can rest in your powerful protection as I wait for that day when my salvation is fully realized. Strengthen me, Lord, to be truly glad, even though I may endure many trials. Through those trials you are refining and purifying and strengthening my faith, and there is wonderful joy ahead.

God I’ve never seen you, but I love you. Even now, I don’t see you, but God, I trust you. Where I doubt or struggle to fully believe, strengthen my faith, that I may rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy! (1 Peter 1:3-9 based on the ESV and NLT) #PrayTruth

 

#Praying 1 Peter 1:6 #prayer #prayTruth #1Peter

 


 

Tomorrow the #SheReadsTruth community begins their study of 1 & 2 Peter. If you’re looking for a great resource to help you as you get into the Word, I highly recommend SheReadsTruth.com.

love the Word of God, so it’s really hard to choose a favorite book of the Bible, but after studying 1 Peter last summer, this book definitely ranks up at the top for me. I’ll be reading this book again this month, blogging some of my thoughts and sharing some of the Scripture prayers from this book over on Facebook and Instagram.

Want to join me?

I’m planning to spend most of October in 1 & 2 Peter, reading about half a chapter a day. My plan is to share on Mondays some reflections and lessons that God is teaching me. If you join in, please, please share what God is teaching you, too!  You can comment on the posts here or on the Peter posts on Insta and FB.

So looking forward to learning together!

 


 

 

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One Thing Your Marriage Needs

4 Scripture Prayers to Pray Over Your Marriage #praytruth #marriage #prayer #Scripture

Marriage is hard! {Can I get an “amen”?!}

My husband and I are currently in a season of 4 small children, crazy work hours, and not a lot of sleep. Factors that, alone, add a lot of stress to a marriage, but combined, can become toxic. I know that many of you can relate because you, too, are in this season of young children, challenging careers, and pressing responsibilities. But every time I express the challenges of marriage during the little years, someone else reminds me that marriage is hard in their season, too!

Marriage can be beautiful and joy-filled, but every relationship comes with its own set of challenges.

One of the most important things we can do for our marriage is to pray for it. We must be praying for our spouse and our relationship!

Read more here.

 

{I’m over at For the Family sharing 4 powerful Scriptures to pray over and for your marriage!}

 


 

I wrote a whole book of prayers based on Scripture for wives to pray for their husbands. I’m giving it away for a short while longer. Get it here, or it will be available for pre-order soon!

 

I’ve been thinking about YOU!

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I hadn’t planned on taking a blogging break, but here we are on this side of September and one month has passed since I’ve posted. How did that happen?! *smile*

Wow, what a month it has been!

August was a good month, a full month, a back-to-work and back-to-{home}school while still adjusting to a newborn month.

I think we might finally be hitting our stride or finding our groove, but I MISS blogging!

I am super excited about what this fall holds. I have spent a lot of time praying for YOU and praying for the direction of this blog and what sorts of plans God has in store for us.

As I’ve been thinking of you all, I’ve had a lot of questions. I want to provide content that speaks to you — that encourages, inspires, and helps you.

To help me do that, would you please, please, pretty-please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this reader survey? I know time is a hot commodity, and I SO appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to share your thoughts.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Friends!!

CLICK HERE to take the 2014 Reader Survey

 

 

p.s. — I’ve mentioned my book a handful of times over the past year, and I’m thrilled to tell you that it will finally be released in early to mid-December! I am offering a free PDF copy of the book for a limited time longer, and I wanted to make sure that you know about it and can get it! Go here for a FREE copy!

 

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Praying for Our Kids — 5 verses to pray

In the past 3 weeks, I have spent 2,471 minutes nursing our newborn baby. Crazy, isn’t it, when you consider how much time is spent feeding a little one?!

To be honest, I have been convicted about how I’ve been spending that time. While it’s easy for me to hop on Facebook or Instagram or get further ahead in one of the books I’m reading, God has been reminding me what a unique opportunity this time is to pray for my children!

The reality is that we have moments like this sprinkled all throughout our days. We might not have 30 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time in the morning, but we do have the few minutes we’re washing the dishes or waiting in the pickup line at camp or sports or school. We have 5 minutes while we clean the bathroom or 10 while we mow the lawn. We have longer stretches on sleepless nights while we snuggle a little one back to sleep.

Will we take advantage of those little moments and take time to pray?

I’m writing over at For the Family today sharing 5 Scriptures to pray over our children. I hope you’ll join me there!

5 Scriptures to #Pray Over Your Child -- and get a #FREE book with #Scripture prayers for our husbands {for a limited time} #parenting #marriage #family

 

Resources for You:
Praying God’s Word for Your Kids: A Resource List

Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for my Husband’s Heart (FREE for a limited time)