Sunday September 25, 2022

Sunday – September 25th – 1 Peter 3:5-6     -----     
3:5) It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands.
6) Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
    Happy Sunday to you! Our recent inspirational thoughts directly relate to the minor prophets in the Old Testament as part of my reading the Bible in a year program. These ancient words from God are still powerful and relevant for us today. If the works of the minor prophets are unfamiliar, you would be surprised how much of what was happening in the eighth/seventh-century BC middle east is comparable to our twenty-first century world. Names and places can be easily substituted, yet what remains the same are the tactics the devil utilizes to distract God’s people from being faithful and faith filled. Our inspirational thought reminds us that if we are to be successful in avoiding temptations than we must first prepare ourselves with the word of God in our hearts, in our minds, and on our lips.
   In our pick verse today, Peter continues to expand on his teachings about how God changes our human relationships as our relationship with Him grows. Certain words in the Bible have changed or shifted in meaning over the course of time. Sometimes when we apply today’s understandings to yesteryears meanings, we can lose the heart of the intended message. One the words of challenge today is the word “submit”, or “submission”. When Peter was writing this letter nearly two thousand years ago, he was drawing from a culture and society that had far different relationship rules than most of the world today. Submission should always be carried out as a voluntary cooperation with someone else. First out of love and respect for God and then out of love and respect for the other person. Submitting to non-believers is difficult, but it can be a vital part of leading them into a relationship with Jesus. We are not called by God to submit to non-believers to the point that we compromise our relationship with God, but instead we must look for every opportunity to humbly serve in and through the power of God’s spirit. This attitude is important for all human relationships and not just between spouses.

  Pastor Jim
Monday – September 26th – 1 Peter 3:7

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 50661). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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