Saturday November 5, 2022

Saturday – November 5th – 1 Peter 5:10-11     -----

5:10) In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
11) All power to him forever! Amen.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
   Happy Saturday to you! This weekend will be our fifth installment in our church-wide study “The Revolutionary Disciple” where we will focus on being revolutionary out in the world. The amazing parallels between our study and the Daily Walk Bible readings covering the expansion of the church only serve to reinforce the call God has on all followers of Jesus. Jesus’ teaching ministry was to invite people to experience the Kingdom of Heaven, both on earth and then someday in Heaven. The apostles and disciples quickly picked up the ball when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The world back then treated them as revolutionaries because they challenged the stale and stagnant religious leaders of their day. Religion had become filled with rules, rituals, and regulations. By contrast the early Christian church experienced the power of the Holy Spirit that transformed the lives of sinful selfish people into gospel evangelist. The call to be a revolutionary disciple remains the same today.

     In our pick verses today Peter transitions into giving support to those who suffer for the sake of the gospel.  No matter what we may be experiencing in life – either great joys or exhaustive sufferings – God is more than able to meet our every need. God can even use our suffering to develop our character more fully. At times, when we suffer, we can feel as through our pain will never end. Peter gives these faithful believers a divine perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while”. Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their lifetime. Others would be released from their suffering only through death. Regardless of how/when, all of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Jesus, where in Heaven there is no sickness, sorrow, or suffering. What a glorious picture of Heaven, but one difficult to fully understand as we endure our time on earth.

   Pastor Jim
Sunday – November 6th – 1 Peter 5:12

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 58733). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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