And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation (1 Peter 1:5)


It can be very hard to talk about the glories of heaven when so many people rubbish the very idea of life after death. But it seems to me that when you find a real faith, great knowledge becomes available in that moment, and a new understanding of the truth of God comes with it too. That being the case, I believe we, who come to know Jesus during our lifetimes, get to have a glimpse of this priceless inheritance kept in heaven for all time. You see, I believe the good news is that the joy of salvation is available immediately, from the moment we turn from our sins in repentance and ask Jesus to live in our hearts. We are born again during our lifetime, and so eternal life, along with the great inheritance of heaven, is available to be acknowledged while we are still alive. So it is in this context, the context of having been born again into eternal life already, that we can be truly glad. In the light of the truth of our place in the kingdom of heaven, the petty trials and struggles of this life become entirely bearable. In the context of eternity, we believers can see how brief the sufferings of life really are. So, faith brings perspective, and that perspective gives us the ability to endure as we face our trials.


1 Peter 1:3-9 NLT

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.


My goal will be to hold on to my faith in my salvation. The trials and tribulations of this life are to be embraced as times when our faith can be refined and strengthened. My goal will be not to let myself be persuaded by an unbelieving, short sighted world, that my love for Jesus, who I have not seen in the flesh, is unfounded. I will trust him, knowing that his is the only way into the kingdom of heaven. I will welcome the tough times in the knowledge that they are the times when Jesus is the nearest, and I will rejoice with inexpressible joy because at these times, he proves my faith to be genuine.

Today’s readings:

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12, 1 Peter 1:1-12, Psalms 119:17-32, Proverbs 28:8-10


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