Hope in His Power: By Faith
1 Peter 1:17-21 (NKJV)
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Today’s Blog has several Scriptures to read and reflect upon as you prayerfully read this today. The Scriptures you just read have to do with our faith. The Scriptures that follow show us the faithfulness of God and that is we should put our faith in Him.
We see in verse 17 we have a Father in Heaven we can pray to as it states we are to call upon Him. As we see He has no partiality and looks at us individually. Our relationship with Him will be strong when we realize that He loves us enough not to compare us to anyone else. That is the beauty of His love for us He loves us for who we are and as we pray, He hears us, guides us, and cares for us.
He cares so much for us as we see in verses 18 and 19 how we are redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus. He went to the cross for you. Think about that for a moment and reflect upon His love for you that Jesus went to the cross for you. We know that He chose to go to the cross for all, but not all will choose to ask for forgiveness. He went because He loves us, and we are to repent and ask for His forgiveness.
Asking for forgiveness from the One who went to the cross for you shows that you believe in Jesus. When we accept Jesus, we believe that God had a plan from the beginning, and He showed His love by sending Jesus. Jesus loves the Father enough to obey and loves you enough to have gone to the cross for you and that is what we see in verses 20 and 21.
So, the question becomes do you have faith in Jesus and have faith in the One who is faithful? The following Scriptures show us the faithfulness of God. As you read through you will see that you can have faith and hope in Our Heavenly Father through sending Jesus, and He truly shows us His love for us.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV)
9 Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Hebrews 10:19-25 (NKJV)
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
1 John 1:5-10 (NKJV)
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Revelation 21:5-7 (NKJV)
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
I put my faith in You. You sent Jesus for us and He obeyed You by going to the cross for us. Forgive me for the times I failed You, doubted You, and was not obedient. Your faithfulness is an immeasurable gift. Thank You for Your love for us.
In Your Precious Son’s Name, we pray, Amen!