DEVOTION
Thoughts for Sunday, March 29
(1Pe 1:3-9)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead, unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in
heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, that the
proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found
unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory:receiving the end of your
faith, even the salvation of your souls.
 
This is a wonderful passage.  Our God loves us so much and has provide us a way to spend eternity with Him in spite of our
selves. Read Eph. 1: 3-5; Rom. 8:29-30.  God’s plan from the very beginning was for all who believed in Him and
through His Son, would be able to spend eternity with Him (John 3: 16-18).   But just as Abraham went through trials to “prove”
his faith, we also are sometimes put through trials to “prove” our faith.  In this passage, Peter compares our faith to
be “more precious than gold” but if he was writing today, he might say: “FAITH IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN TOILET PAPER!”.  Sometimes we get too wrapped up in physical things and worldly events instead of working on increasing our FAITH.   As the apostles asked in Luke 17: 5, “Increase our faith”, we today need to ask God to increase our faith.  Remember also, our salvation is not something that we can earn or must be awarded because of our faith, but it is by His
grace we are saved.  (Eph 2:8-9) “ for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is
the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.” 
 
When you focus on the Lord’s supper today, read Phil. 2: 5-8.  This passage outlines that even though Jesus was with God from the beginning and involved in the creation of all things
(John 1: 1-3 and Col. 1: 12-20), He willingly came to this earth to die on the cross for us!
 
May God bless you and may your faith continue to increase.