1 Peter 1:6 - Faith and Trials (continued).

1 Peter 1:6 - Faith and Trials (continued).

1 Peter 1:6 (NLT)  So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy 
ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a 

  God knows when we face horrendous situations. He hears our 
cries. Even those who maintain the closest fellowship with Him are not 
immune to feelings of hopelessness. 
  Many times God allows us to face hopeless circumstances in 
order to test and try our faith; it is the hopelessness that forces us 
to seek God, and it is there that we find strength and 
  Does God care that your trials make you weary? Yes, and He 
knows every emotion, need, and desire you have. He also knows exactly 
what it will take to bring you into a more intimate relationship with 
  The apostle Peter addressed his two letters to "those who 
reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, 
Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Pet. 1:1; 2 Pet. 3:1). If he were choosing a 
modern title for his letters, he might consider "Encouragement For 
Times of Hopelessness," or "Hope For The Hurting," because 
encouragement and hope is exactly what Peter conveyed to these hurting 
  These believers faced all kinds of persecution. They were 
beaten, slandered, assaulted, and in some cases would lose their lives 
for their faith in Jesus Christ. Peter called them "aliens" because 
they held a citizenship not of this world but of the kingdom of God. 
Still, they faced times of discouragement and needed hope. Peter 
explained that they could rejoice even in times of trial because of Jesus 
Christ, the living hope within them - their risen Savior and Lord (1 
Pet. 1:3). Jesus protected them by the power of God (v. 5). 
  So long as we have Jesus, no situation is hopeless.
  Would you like to enjoy an eternal hope? Then focus your heart 
on Jesus (1 Tim. 4:6). Remember, He is working to bring His will 
and good pleasure to the forefront of your life. 
  Even if you find yourself in a seemingly hopeless situation, 
know that God has an entirely different view of the details. If you 
will let Him, He will take your life, no matter how bruised and 
broken, and make something beautiful out of it. 
  Isn't this what hope is all about - beauty for ashes, gladness 
instead of sorrow, and a coat of praise instead of fainting (Is. 
61:1-3)? This is the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ in your life. 
Therefore bring to Him your afflictions and disappointments. Tell Him your 
sorrows, and He will restore your hope. [Life Principles SB By Charles 
Stanley re 1Pe. 1:6, 7] 

  Crushed, devastated, demoralized, beaten down--these and other 
feelings of despondency wash over all who suffer, threatening to drown 
all feelings of hope. Suffering has many sources: social, physical, 
economic, even persecution for your spiritual beliefs. Sometimes the 
suffering becomes so great that you are tempted to give in and give up 
  Peter had been threatened, beaten, jailed, had seen fellow 
Christians killed for their faith, and eventually he would become a martyr 
for Christ. But he knew Jesus Christ, and nothing would shake his 
faith in the risen Lord.  
  Do you need courage? As a believer, you have the living hope 
of eternal life. God has provided an everlasting inheritance for 
you that will never change nor decay. Although trials are not 
pleasant, they teach patience, strengthen your faith, and allow you to 
grow to be the kind of person God wants. But no matter what pain or 
suffering you face in this life, you know that this is not your final 
experience. God will help you remain true to him, and you will live an 
everlasting life free from trials. This is your promise for a living hope as 
a child of God. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 1Pe. 

  These verses in 1 Peter are a prayer of thanksgiving to God 
for the marvelous gift of new birth we believers have because of the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only do we have our new lives on earth to 
be grateful for, but we are born again to a living, eternal hope. 
God's nature transforms our natures on the earth and gives us purpose, 
meaning, and hope not only for this life but for the one to come. We have 
a "wonderful expectation" of our future in heaven and a priceless 
inheritance because we are his children and heirs. This inheritance isn't 
like those we receive on earth. God watches over it, and it is 
"beyond the reach of change or decay." Take time to meditate on the 
Lord's boundless mercy and the priceless inheritance he has reserved 
for you, all because Christ rose from the dead. Ask him to increase 
your expectation that the best is yet to be. 
  Dear Father, I praise you for the hope, expectation, and 
inheritance you have provided by the resurrection of your Son, our Savior. I 
praise you for the boundless mercy that gave me the privilege of being 
born again to a living hope. Thank you for giving me life with a 
wonderful expectation because you have reserved a priceless inheritance 
for me and for all your children. [Praying Through The Bible By 
Fuller re 1Pe. 1:3, 4] 

  Some years ago a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain 
climbers on an expedition. Among other things, he observed a distinct 
correlation between cloud cover and contentment. When there was no cloud 
cover and the peak was in view, the climbers were energetic and 
cooperative. When the gray clouds eclipsed the view of the mountaintop, 
though, the climbers were sullen and selfish. 
  The same thing happens to us. As long as our eyes are on God's 
majesty there is a bounce in our step. But let our eyes focus on the 
dirt beneath us and we will grumble about every rock and crevice we 
have to cross. For this reason Paul urged, "Since you were raised 
from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is 
sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, 
not the things on earth." (Colossians 3:1-2). [Grace For The Moment 
SB By Max Lucado re 1Pe. 1:8] 

Because we do not have a dead Savior, we have a living hope. The 
resurrection of Jesus guarantees that God will honor all His promises to His 
faithful children. That hope keeps us going in the darkest of times. 
[Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re 1Pe. 1:3] 

A Christian life devoid of joy is not only unbiblical, it's not 
much worth having. How could we not have joy in our hearts when we 
know that God loves us, is with us, promises to help us, and wants to 
bless us forever. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley 1Pe. 1:8] 

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