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1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Peter first talks about getting rid of malicious behavior and deceit. Saying don’t only pretend to be good. It is here wherein he then talks about maturing as a Christian.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is God accepts us as we are. Warts, imperfections, blemishes, faults, insecurities, shortcomings, etc. However, He loves us way too much to see us remain the same. He desires us to go from a new-born again Christian to one which grows, matures and eventually spiritually grows up. Peter uses the example of a new-born child craving milk to illustrates this very point. To show we too should want, need and desire God’s word. Why? To find nourishment in Christ and to grow, mature and eventually grow up spiritually.

Hence, my take away today is acknowledging and remembering our need for God’s word so I/we can find nourishment in Christ Jesus. To also know that growing spiritually is never-ending. Truly a lifelong work-in-process. And, always a lifetime work-in-progress.

1 Peter 1:16

For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Peter calls the people to holy living.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is to be and live like our Heavenly Father.  As Verse 15 says, “…you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.” Not only sometimes or when people are looking at us or watching. Rather, all the time. Regardless if people are watching or not. Moreover, not only in the big things. In all things (big or little) instead. Like Our Heavenly Father who is high in moral standards. Who is merciful and just. Who has not favorites. The all-powerful almighty One who will (not if) judge or reward us individually.

Hence, my take away today is remembering Psalm 99:9 which affirms the holiness of God which says, “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the Lord our God is holy!” And further, Psalm 77:13 which says also, “O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?”

 

James 5:12

But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins after James, brother of Jesus, warns the rich and talks about patience in suffering. It is here wherein he then talks about being honest. About always telling the truth.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is lying comes in many shapes and all sizes. It may be the result of exaggerating the facts. Perhaps only saying something that is half-true, deceiving or misleading. Possibly, even remaining silent instead of speaking up of a lie. Or, an outright lie. Regardless of shape or size it is something we should all avoid. Not sometimes but rather always. Why? To be deemed trustworthy and live life of integrity. Not only when people are watching us but even when people are not. We should be “light” and “salt” in and to the world. For when people look at us, they really need to see Jesus in and through us instead.

Hence, my take away today is reflecting on and remembering Colossians 3:9 which says, “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” Moreover, remembering Revelations 21:8 which says also, “…and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”” Lastly, reflecting on Proverbs 16:13 which says,The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.”

 

Hebrews 12:2

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) talks about having endurance to keep running the race God has set before us…all the way to the finish line. Also, today’s word begins just before talking about discipline. How God disciplines His own children, those he loves.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is our race is a long race. A race over our entire lifetime. One which involves us to start and to finish. Finish by having patience, overcoming sin through the power from the Holy Spirit. By keeping our eyes on Jesus every step along the way. Otherwise, we might experience what Peter went through when took his eyes off Jesus. When he relied on his own strength. When he looked at his surroundings and circumstances instead. Matthew 14:29-31 says this about Peter, “…So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said.“Why did you doubt me?””

Hence, my take away today is knowing the race is long and journey arduous. Moreover, knowing we will (not if) face many challenges, temptations, pitfalls, distractions, and obstacles as well as experience sin along the way. However, yet realizing we will endure and receive the prize (God has in store of us) as long as we keep our eyes firmly on Jesus from start to finish.

 

Hebrews 11:13

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) talks about faith. First defining faith and then citing the many examples of Faith shown by Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, also known as the heroes of faith.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is when you feel frustrated, discouraged or defeated and ready to throw in the towel, give in or give up to find strength in these heroes. Why? Because each lived and died/taken up to heaven believing until their very end on earth still. In other words, they did not reap the rewards of having faith and being faithful while alive (on earth) yet they continued to believe.

Hence, my take away today is when the vision of heaven begins to blur or fade to reflect on and find renewed strength in Hebrews 11:36-39 which encourages me to continue onward and not give up by saying,Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.”

 

Hebrews 5:7

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) talks about Christ’s divinity as well as his humanity. About Christ as high priest. Also, how He, through obedience, suffered on the cross, went through separation from his Father and experienced death.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is to allow Jesus’ experiences to help carry each of us through trials, obstacles and challenges of life. Understanding that He did so not because He liked to suffer but rather because He chose freely to be obedient to the will of the Father, Jehovah. As John 10:17-18 affirms, “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”” Furthermore, not only to help sustain us, endure and carry us through but also to help us know and belief without any doubts, in unwavering faith and much hope that He is with us every step along the way. Just as He says in Matthew 28:20, “… And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

Hence, my take away today is remembering  when speaking to the Father Jehovah through prayer to do so in reverence. Deferring our will to His. In total submission. In essence, giving God preemptive rights over our thoughts, actions, reactions, walk, choices and life.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins after talking about promised rest for God’s people.  Saying in Verse 3, “For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is God’s word is not simply words. Or a collection of thoughts or a gathering place for ideas. Rather, quite the contrary. It is living, breathing, dynamic, transformational, life-impacting and life changing. It reveals who we are, are not, can be and ought to be. It tells us the good, the bad and the ugly. Unveiling what is within us. Unmasking our moral life. Bringing to and into the light our spiritual walk.

Hence, my take away today is remembering God’s Word brings us to intersections of life. Whereby decisions need to executed and choices are to be made. Whereby knowing (the Word) is not enough. Instead, whereby obedience is required which will then determine our path and shape our destiny for all eternity.

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