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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Hope is in the LORD

“The priests … they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the Lord is their inheritance, as He said to them.” (v.1-2)


 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10) and Jesus is our High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16 and Heb. 5 )

As a born-again believer in Christ Jesus our LORD and Savior, our inheritance is not of this world. Because, this world is not our home; we have reservations in heaven with Jesus! =)

Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death,
he has given us new life and a hope that lives on.
God has something stored up for you in heaven, 
where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.
You have faith in God,
whose power will protect you until the last day.   
Then he will save you,
just as he has always planned to do.
On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. 
Your faith will be like gold
that has been tested in a fire. 
And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed.    
They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.

You have never seen Jesus,
and you don’t see him now.
But still you love him and have faith in him,
and no words can tell how glad and happy 
you are to be saved. That’s why you have faith.
10 Some prophets told how kind God would be to you,
and they searched hard to find out more about the way you would be saved. 
11 The Spirit of Christ was in them and was telling them how Christ would suffer
and would then be given great honor. 
So they searched to find out exactly who Christ would be and when this would happen.
 12 But they were told that they were serving you
and not themselves.
They preached to you by the power of the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven.
And their message was only for you,
even though angels would like to know more about it.

13 Be alert and think straight.
Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears. 
14 Behave like obedient children. 
Don’t let your lives be controlled by your desires,
as they used to be.
15 Always live as God’s holy people should, because God is the one who chose you, and he is holy.
16 That’s why the Scriptures say,
“I am the holy God, and you must be holy too.”

17 You say that God is your Father,
but God doesn’t have favorites!
He judges all people by what they do.
So you must honor God
while you live as strangers here on earth.
18 You were rescued from the useless way of life
that you learned from your ancestors.
But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don’t last forever. 1
You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb.
20 Christ was chosen even before the world was created, but because of you,
 he did not come until these last days.
21 And when he did come,
it was to lead you to have faith in God, 
who raised him from death and honored him
in a glorious way. 
That’s why you have put your faith and hope in God.
22 You obeyed the truth,
and your souls were made pure.
Now you sincerely love each other.
But you must keep on loving with all your heart.
 23 Do this because God has given you new birth
by his message that lives on forever.
 24 The Scriptures say,
“Humans wither like grass,
and their glory fades
like wild flowers.
Grass dries up,
and flowers fall
to the ground.
25 But what the Lord has said
will stand forever.”

Our good news to you is what the Lord has said.
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“You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.” (Deut 18:13)
God warned his people not to practice the customs of other nations. They were meat to be different. As followers of Christ, we are meant to be different.
How do you ensure that worldly influences don't
influence your life?

What does it mean in John 15:16 when Jesus said, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go out and bear fruit; and that your fruit should remain..."



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