Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Songs & Words about Mercy

  • Mercy Seat +

    Vicki Yohe gives a compelling description of the effect Christ’s love has on our sin. A song that shows us Read More
  • I'll Glorify His Holy Name: Ain't No Rock (MercyMe) +

    Ain't No Rock lyrics, originally performed by MercyMe-- Ain't no rock, gonna cry in my place as long as I'm Read More
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SylviaAs we prepare to celebrate our wonderful Savior this Easter, we continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-9 slowly, allowing our spirit to connect with the Spirit of truth and grace in this passage. Verses 3-6 were highlighted in last week's devotional available on our website.

1 Peter 1:7. "These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

Jesus is pleased because He already sees your life as the pure gold He is refining. He sees the real you, the true you, the person He has in mind as He is making you shine like precious gold. You shine to reflect Him, not to do for yourself the best that you can do and merely survive. The walls you build against harsh realities keep your life from being open and transformed. God is doing for you something that is more wonderful. He is displaying His praise, glory, and honor in Jesus in you.

God is making eternal precious gold. Look to His face. He is your true north. In finding out where you are and where you are going, orientation to Him is the marker that says "You are here." At times that may be all He will give you, just the witness that "I am here." He won't let you see the whole map, but He knows the place in time meant only for you. He inhabits that place and that moment. Wait on Him to interpret it and lead you there. Be blessed with real faith that has been tested and proved genuine. Be blessed with faith made strong by Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith. Be blessed with the riches of faith that is worth more than pure gold.

1 Peter 1:8-9. "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

Be blessed with trusting love that is certain that God is fulfilling His good purposes when you don't know what He's doing. Be blessed with love that is fully satisfied that He is keeping His faithful word to you, no matter how long it takes or how contrary your circumstances look. Be thrilled with inexpressible and unspeakable joy now, and be blessed with glorious joy that sees you to the other side of your difficult circumstances. Be blessed in the name of the faithful One who is totally worthy of your love and trust. Be blessed with faith, love, and joy beyond words that believing Him brings.

Be blessed in the love of the One
who engraved you on the palms of His hands
from beginning to end, whole and complete (Isa 49:16).

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 1 +

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series of lectures Eugene Peterson Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 2 +

    This is part 2 of Eugene Peterson's 1991 Simpson lecture Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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