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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, April 17, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Do you need encouragement? Peter’s words offer joy and hope in times of trouble, and he bases his confidence on what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. We live with the wonderful expectation of eternal life. Our hope is not only for the future; eternal life begins when we trust Christ and join God’s family. No matter what pain or trial we face in this life, we know that it is not our final experience. Eventually we will live with Christ forever. God will help us remain true to our faith through whatever difficult times we must face.
As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be skimmed off. Steel is tempered or strengthened by heating it in fire. Likewise, our trials, struggles, and persecutions refine and strengthen our faith, making us useful to God. (NLT)
1 Peter 1:3-9 – All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see.
These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. – Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
Steven C. Beebe (Washington) titled his story “SPRINGING BACK;” here is a portion of Steven’s story:
“. . . So it is when the pressures of life push in on us and our faith is tested. If our spiritual life has little depth, all may look well; but like the tree, we may easily break under stress. Spending time in God’s presence through prayer and daily reading of scripture prepares and strengthens us for times of trouble. In the midst of trial, we can call on what we have learned about the Lord in those quiet moments. . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My strength comes from my relationship with Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord, strengthen us through your grace in order that we may face our trials with the confidence that you are with us every step of the way. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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