Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 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, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
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.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you. ( 1Peter 1:3-25 NIV )
Let the redeemed of the Lord RISE up! I come to let you know that you don’t need to walk around as if you don’t have the power and authority to live victorious in Christ! There is no reason why we shouldn’t live expecting God’s promises to come through. He is not a liar and cannot go back on his word. We have come a long way as sinners being washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
Open your mouth and speak praises unto the Lord for already working on your behalf. Give him the glory and the honor in advance over your afflictions, your worries, doubts, fears, guilt and so on.
Stand strong and courageous in the Lord. SPEAK with authority to those mountains. Jesus didn’t go to the cross for nothing! Be glad and rejoice in his presence, in his goodness, that is everlasting. Your inheritance is waiting for you in heaven. Until it’s your time to leave this sinful world we live in, as long as you walk on this earth, live every day like it’s your last. Trouble doesn’t last always. Weeping may endure for a night but believe your joy comes in the morning.
Too many people in this world don’t even know the goodness of our Lord and Savior. They don’t know that they can receive Him as their God who will love them unconditionally, save them from the pit of hell for eternity, have an unspeakable joy in their hearts, a peace that surpasses all understanding like you do. The Almighty has already delivered you from many snares of the evil one. Don’t think for one moment that he won’t do it again. Be of good patience as you wait for Him.
Share your faith with others so that they too will partake in the hope and inheritance that you already have in the Lord our God, so that they too will dwell with Him forever. REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS.
What a mighty God we serve, the One who we run to for refuge, the One who who keeps his promises and loves us unconditionally. Who is like the Lord?!! Nobody!!! Praise the Lord while you still have life in you….. for he’s WORTHY.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepth Israel shall not slumber nor sleep. Thy Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
( Psalms 121 KJV )