Relational 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).

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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    Eternal God, unchanging Mysterious and unknown Your boundless love unfailing In grace and mercy shown Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight Read More
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    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of Read More
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Fernando Ortega +

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Hidden Blessings

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  • Balaam: What Happens When You Try To Strong-Arm God +

    In Numbers, the surrounding nations watch as God pours out blessing and good fortune over and over on the Israelites. Read More
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