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Here is this week’s reading plan:
Today we begin the book of 1 Peter. If you are new here – we are simply reading one chapter a day.
As we dig into 1 Peter, I marvel at the author of this book. Peter intimately knew our beloved Jesus! He walked on the water and was there the night the soldiers came to take Jesus away. Peter denied Christ 3 times BUT he also boldly preached Christ name to thousands in Acts and ultimately died a martyrs death, crucified upside down.
I wish we could discuss every part of this book because there is SO much meat – simply just in the first chapter. Immediately we see deep doctrines mentioned such as election, foreknowledge, the trinity (verse 2), sanctification, grace, peace, mercy, faith, joy, the gospel, angels and holiness.
But today I’ve chosen to focus specifically on 1 Peter 1:17-21. It says:
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (niv)
It is because of the blood of the lamb that we have faith and hope in God. All penalties for our sins were paid for at the cross but God has called us to holiness. 1 Peter 1:16 says “Be holy because I am holy”.
Sometimes we are tempted to return to our old way of life but as verse 18 identifies, our old way was –the empty way.
But what is the new way?
The new way is…
holiness and living in reverent fear of our Almighty God.
Are you a God-Fearing Woman?
I’ve been told by many women over the years, the reason they miss their quiet times is because they are simply “too busy”...
I believe it goes a bit deeper than that. May I suggest that perhaps we don’t comprehend how HUGE our Majestic God truly is? Perhaps we need to fear God a bit more in a culture where fear is frowned upon. “No Fear” is a mantra we hear so often that maybe…just maybe…we need someone to pause and say to us…
Oh yes – we must have a healthy fear of God.
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.~ Ecclesiastes 12:13
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! ~ Deuteronomy 5:29
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! ~ Psalm 112:1
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ~ Matthew 10:28
In today’s video, I explore the fear of God a bit deeper and explain how I believe it will transform your daily time in God’s Word.
(if you can’t see this video – click here to play it)
John saw God in Revelation 1:12-19 and here is how he described Him:
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.
When we see the Lord Almighty as He is – we will not be able to keep away from the word – we will run to Him in the morning!
Are you a God-Fearing woman?
This fear should not cause anxiety but rather security. You are a child of the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, therefore rejoice and pursue holiness today!
Walk with the King,
**Chime In: Who do you think wants us to not fear God? Why do you think we focus more today in our churches, on the love of God rather than the fear of God? How can you live out the fear of God in your life this week?
What else did you learn from your quiet time in 1 Peter today?