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Beware the Devil: 1Peter 4 Day Three
We get it into our heads that being a Christian is easy, that if God really is who He says He is then bad stuff won't happen to us. We have the mindset that if we aren't happy and things aren't going swimmingly then something is wrong, somehow God has fallen down on the job. May I suggest that that way of thinking is a 'local' way of thinking rather than the thought and philosophy of our heavenly Home. Peter makes it very clear in our verses for today that suffering is going to happen and that suffering is cause to rejoice and glorify our Heavenly Father. I know that isn't comfortable or something that we jump up to embrace, but it is Truth
Our thinking that life is supposed to be easy…
Beware the Devil: 1Peter 4 Day Two
This theme of being 'aliens' or 'exiles' has been running throughout Peter's letter, sometimes I have seen it more clearly than at others, sometimes the idea pops right up and lands in my lap and at others I have had to force myself to remember that it is there. The question has always been what is it that sets us apart? What is it that makes us 'aliens and strangers' in this world? Our answer to that question goes a long way towards defining who we see God to be and who we see ourselves to be on this earth. The answer Peter gives us here in chapter four is life in the spirit and that life according to the will of God
Of course, the problem is really in what does that…
Beware the Devil: 1Peter 3 Day Two
It seems to me that women in today's culture probably have the tougher row to hoe as followers of Christ because they have so many conflicting messages that are so radically different and the volume on those messages is so very high. The expectations for a 'modern woman' are through the roof. She must be successful professionally, successful domestically and successful maternally and not only just 'successful', it seems to me that if she really is a successful woman, she has to be successful spectacularly. She must be CEO, have an immaculate house, a successful marriage, children who are paragons and the leisure to donate her time in whatever good cause is the Charity of the Hour
'In the same way submit...' Again, Peter begins with this idea of submission and not just…