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Receiving mercy from God and becoming his own possession is a great honor. We are now a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and holy nation. With that great honor comes great responsibility. We are to live good lives and declare God’s praises so more people glorify God by received God’s mercy and become his own possession as well.
Physical cornerstones were the first ones laid. They set the course for the building. The cornerstone was the basis for aligning all the walls of a building. It was the the strongest and often the biggest stone of the building. The cornerstone was the basis of the building. If you got the cornerstone right, you got he building right. Everyone builds their life a cornerstone. What is yours? Is it Jesus?
Followers of Christ can have inexpressible joy because of the new life we have in Christ. Life’s trials can make it hard to maintain that joy. Peter tells us that to keep the joy we need to think differently, act differently, and feel differently from the world we live in. It is hard, but possible because of the new birth we have.
Peter is writing to followers of Christ who are experiencing tough times. He explains to them that even in the middle of trials, they can have inexpressible joy. This is because they have a new spiritual life that gives a living hope, a wonderful inheritance, and guaranteed protection. They have salvation now and forever so they should rejoice.
As followers of Jesus we often feel out of place in the world, like foreigners. This is because we are citizens of another kingdom and inspite of feeling out of place we are deeply loved and chosen by.
This is a special time of year to remind everyone that Christ choose this way and died for us because God loves us and only Jesus can redeem us. In this message, we look at what Jesus came to earth to claim for as the promised King, four responses to the claim of Jesus, and the results of Christ claim.
Into our last message for 40 Days of Prayer series, we need to understand God’s reasons: His plan, His purpose and His perspective when He says “No” to our prayers and what we ought we need to do to keep our trust to Him. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14