Devotional Spirituality

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).

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Audio & Video

  • Storytelling

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • No Longer Alone with God

    This is the first of a seven part series by Dallas Willard, a USC philosophy professor who is closely associated Read More
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Favorites

  • Baptism, Communion, Repentance: The Essential U-Turn +

    Very few people admit to making u-turns when driving. Read More
  • The Wonder of Grace +

    Grace–that which brings us delight. Read More
  • Embracing God's Mystery +

    One of the sad aspects of humanity is our jadedness, Read More
  • A Model for Coming to God-adapted from Sylvia Gunter +

    Sylvia Gunter uses Psalm 35 to show how David asked God to contend, fight, rescue, defend, vindicate Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Mystery of Godliness +

    Longings after God My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, Read More
  • The Mystery of Iniquity by RC Sproul +

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of Read More
  • The Mystery of the Trinity: One in Essence, Three in Person by RC Sproul +

    Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled "One in Essence, Three in Person," Dr. Read More
  • Behold, I Tell You a Mystery by Baritone Coloratura· +

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, Read More
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