Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Based on 1 Peter 2:1-25, Psalm 134:1-3, Ezekiel 1:44-31.
Thank You, GOD, as Your Light begins to dispel the darkness and Your Love conquers the disease of denial and dishonesty. We fall on our faces to see You moving in our midst, brining us safely into the whole area surrounding the most holy mountain. By Your Holy Spirit within us, we discern the difference between the unclean and the clean, and we are grateful to stand in Christ, who is our sanctuary and the ark of the New Covenant, provided by You, O GOD, to carry us safely thought the washing away of all abominations on the earth.
Thank You for the foundation of Christ in whom we are built up as a spiritual house in Him, as You add us like living stones, elect and precious to glorify His Body as the true sanctuary, the true temple in whom we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, You special people, purposed to proclaim Your praises, who called us out of darkness into Your marvelous Light. For once we were not a people, but are now Your people, O GOD. Once we had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Glory to You, O GOD, for revealing and healing us, for providing Your Salvation in order that we, having died to sins, might live instead for righteousness. Before You came and rescued us, we were like sheep going astray. But now You have retrieved us for the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls in whom we live and move and have our being.
In Jesus, we endure grief and suffer wrongfully. And we hear You saying that it is to this we are called. Chirst also suffered for us, leaving us as an example. Thus we follow in His steps: he who committed no sin, in whom no deceit was found. Nevertheless, He was reviled, not reviling in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten.So also, neither do we.
We, like Him, do endure grief and suffer wrongfully while we live on earth. For we have been called for this purpose, both in suffering and in righteous living. It is respectful submission to undeserved suffering that finds favor with You, O GOD. Such behavior demonstrates Your grace. Thank You for making us instruments of Your peace. We surrender to Your Power all people, places, and things! And we believe You whenYou tell us that, in doing so, the ignorance of foolish men will be silenced.
This photograph is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.