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Surviving a Lion Attack


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 5:8-11

 

Lions are interesting animals.  As the king of the jungle, the lion is the ultimate predator.  In fact, the only time lions are considered prey is when they are being hunted by humans.  Lions hunt in packs, and they rely on teamwork to catch their prey and survive.  Like most good hunters, lions position themselves downwind of the animals they are hunting, and when they attack they look for either the animal that is alone or they go for the animal that is injured or the weakest of the herd.  When they find that weak target, they attack with the full force of the pack, bringing the prey down and sharing the reward.  Fortunately, lions rarely attack humans, but it does happen on occasion.  The best tip to avoiding a lion attack is to be aware of your surroundings and not risk encroaching on a lion’s territory.  If an attack does happen, your best bet is to stand your ground, face the lion head on, stretch your arms out wide, and yell as loudly as you can.  Since this is not typical “prey behavior”, the lion will often change its mind about the attack and walk away.

If you are wondering why I am telling you all of this about lions, the answer can be found in today’s key passage.  Peter tells us that, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (Vs. 8)  Like a lion, the enemy often waits for you to be at your most vulnerable point before attacking.  He might look for you in the moments when you are alone or cut off from other believers.  He might stalk you when you are feeling weak, tired, or helpless.  These are the times when the temptations to sin will attack you with their full force.  Just as we can with real lions, we can avoid most of these attacks by being “self-controlled and alert” (Vs. 8) but sometimes attacks are inevitable.  When an attack does happen, our best bet is to, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (Vs. 9)  James gives us similar advice when he says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

All of us can survive a “lion” attack – not by our own strength, but with the power of the Holy Spirit on our side.  When you are facing an attack, stand firm and resist it, remembering that, “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (Vs. 10)

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The End is Near


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 4:7-11

 

I played baseball for most of my childhood.  I started playing when I was five or six years old and played through high school.  During my senior year, one day about halfway through the season the realization hit me that the end was near because I knew that I did not have the skills necessary to play in college.  As mostly a relief pitcher, I never really knew when I was going to play, so I came to understand that any game could be my last.  With this in mind, I found myself working just a little bit harder in practice.  When I was called on to pitch in games, I found myself throwing just a little bit harder, and I found myself trying to relish every single minute I spent on the field.  I still remember the last game I ever played in high school.  After twelve or thirteen years of living a breathing baseball, I stood on that field one last time after the game was over.  As I stood there looking around the field, I thought about all of the fields I played on over the years.  I thought about all of the wins and all of the losses, all of the good times and the bad.  I experienced many emotions that day, but the one emotion I did not have was regret, because I knew I played all those years to the full extent of my ability.

In today’s key passage, Peter gives us a gentle reminder that the end of our days is near.  As followers of Christ, we know that we will leave this world either when Jesus comes for the rapture or when He decides our time is complete.  In either case, we do not know when our last day on earth will be.  It could be today, tomorrow, or 50 years from now.  Of course, we all realize that any day can be our last, but often we choose not to live with that in mind.  We always think we will have more time to love others or to try to save that unbelieving friend.  We think we will have more time to spend in prayer or in reading God’s Word.  We think we will have more time to live as Christ has asked and to fulfill His vision for our lives.  The bottom line, though, is that we simply do not know.  We cannot afford to procrastinate.  We cannot afford to put off until tomorrow what we could do today.  We have to live every day as if it might be our last.  When we do, we will find ourselves serving God just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves praying just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves trying to reach others for Christ just a little bit harder.  Then when we get to our last day, whenever that might be, we can look back on our lives without regret.  You never know when your last day will be.  Live like it is today.

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Be Prepared


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 40-42; 1 Peter 3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 3:15-16

 

Most of us know that the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”.  While I was never a Boy Scout, I still like to live with this motto in mind, as it just seems like good advice.  When I pack for a trip, I always pack more than I think I will need, just in case I end up having to stay another night or spill anything on my clothes.  In my vehicle, I always keep basic tools, a flashlight, and an air pump just in case I ever break down.  When going to a meeting or an appointment, I always leave a few minutes early just in case I am caught in traffic.  These are just a few of the ways in which I try to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

We can also strive to be prepared for the best-case scenario.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Peter gives us two pieces of advice to help us be prepared for the best scenario of all – sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  First, he says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. (Vs. 15)  Peter knew a very simple truth that each of us should keep in mind – you never know when someone might ask you about your faith, and when this happens, we must be prepared to answer.  The best way to be prepared for this eventuality is through practice.  Practice telling friends or family members your personal testimony.  When asked about our faith, often the most appropriate response is not to tell others what Jesus can do for them, but rather what Jesus has done for you.  By using this approach, you can gently and respectfully share your faith and avoid making the other person feel defensive.

The second way to be prepared to share the Gospel is through the way you live your life.  Peter continues his earlier thought by saying, “keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (Vs. 16)  When we live according to God’s Word, we keep a clear conscience and avoid the guilt that accompanies sin.  When others see our behavior in action, they will be able to observe firsthand the power of God in our lives.  For some people, this might be enough to cause them to seek God on their own, wanting to change their own lives for the better.  For others, while your behavior may not stop them from slandering you entirely, it will cause their words to serve only as an embarrassment for them.

Our complete witness for Christ is a combination of what we say and what we do.  When we are able to share our story about how God has changed our lives, and are able to back up that story with our actions and behaviors, we will always be prepared.

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Retaliation and Threats


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Peter 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 2:13-25

We have undoubtedly all seen the movie – the one where the main character finds himself in a bit of a jam.  Sometimes the hero is being beaten or tortured.  Other times the hero is allegedly about to be killed before he somehow finds a way out of it.  Growing up in the 80’s, I was surrounded by these movies.  If I told you to think of one of these movies now, out of every ten people there would probably be eight or nine different answers.  In all of these movies, the plot is typically the same.  While in the dire situation, the hero usually makes a few threats to their attackers, promising them some form of retaliation in the future.  Then later in the movie, the revenge moment comes when the main character finds himself vindicated, sometimes with a funny one-liner in tow.  Thus is the way of this world.  This is the message the world sends us as to how we should all act when we are abused or mistreated.

The story of Jesus Christ is remarkably different.  First, as we see in today’s key passage, Jesus did not threaten anyone during His entire crucifixion ordeal.  He never promised revenge.  He never told any of the Roman soldiers that they would pay for what they were doing.  In fact, Jesus did the exact opposite when He asked His Father in Heaven to forgive them.  Secondly, Jesus did not escape from His situation and exact revenge on his accusers.  Instead, He acted as a lamb led to slaughter.  He was fully man, and fully God.  At any time, He could have turned the tables on his attackers, but He knew that this was all part of the plan.  He did not try to fight it.  Instead, he simply put His faith and trust in the Father, and surrendered everything to His will.

The next time you are faced with a dire situation – even if it is simply a matter of someone mistreating you – you will have a choice.  You can choose to react the way the world tells you to react – the way Hollywood says is right, or you can follow Jesus’ example and simply put your faith and trust in God and surrender everything to His will.  The former may bring you a little bit of glory, but the latter will bring all the glory to Jesus Christ.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Surviving a Lion Attack


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 5:8-11

 

Lions are interesting animals.  As the king of the jungle, the lion is the ultimate predator.  In fact, the only time lions are considered prey is when they are being hunted by humans.  Lions hunt in packs, and they rely on teamwork to catch their prey and survive.  Like most good hunters, lions position themselves downwind of the animals they are hunting, and when they attack they look for either the animal that is alone or they go for the animal that is injured or the weakest of the herd.  When they find that weak target, they attack with the full force of the pack, bringing the prey down and sharing the reward.  Fortunately, lions rarely attack humans, but it does happen on occasion.  The best tip to avoiding a lion attack is to be aware of your surroundings and not risk encroaching on a lion’s territory.  If an attack does happen, your best bet is to stand your ground, face the lion head on, stretch your arms out wide, and yell as loudly as you can.  Since this is not typical “prey behavior”, the lion will often change its mind about the attack and walk away.

If you are wondering why I am telling you all of this about lions, the answer can be found in today’s key passage.  Peter tells us that, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (Vs. 8)  Like a lion, the enemy often waits for you to be at your most vulnerable point before attacking.  He might look for you in the moments when you are alone or cut off from other believers.  He might stalk you when you are feeling weak, tired, or helpless.  These are the times when the temptations to sin will attack you with their full force.  Just as we can with real lions, we can avoid most of these attacks by being “self-controlled and alert” (Vs. 8) but sometimes attacks are inevitable.  When an attack does happen, our best bet is to, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (Vs. 9)  James gives us similar advice when he says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

All of us can survive a “lion” attack – not by our own strength, but with the power of the Holy Spirit on our side.  When you are facing an attack, stand firm and resist it, remembering that, “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (Vs. 10)

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The End is Near


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 4:7-11

 

I played baseball for most of my childhood.  I started playing when I was five or six years old and played through high school.  During my senior year, one day about halfway through the season the realization hit me that the end was near because I knew that I did not have the skills necessary to play in college.  As mostly a relief pitcher, I never really knew when I was going to play, so I came to understand that any game could be my last.  With this in mind, I found myself working just a little bit harder in practice.  When I was called on to pitch in games, I found myself throwing just a little bit harder, and I found myself trying to relish every single minute I spent on the field.  I still remember the last game I ever played in high school.  After twelve or thirteen years of living a breathing baseball, I stood on that field one last time after the game was over.  As I stood there looking around the field, I thought about all of the fields I played on over the years.  I thought about all of the wins and all of the losses, all of the good times and the bad.  I experienced many emotions that day, but the one emotion I did not have was regret, because I knew I played all those years to the full extent of my ability.

In today’s key passage, Peter gives us a gentle reminder that the end of our days is near.  As followers of Christ, we know that we will leave this world either when Jesus comes for the rapture or when He decides our time is complete.  In either case, we do not know when our last day on earth will be.  It could be today, tomorrow, or 50 years from now.  Of course, we all realize that any day can be our last, but often we choose not to live with that in mind.  We always think we will have more time to love others or to try to save that unbelieving friend.  We think we will have more time to spend in prayer or in reading God’s Word.  We think we will have more time to live as Christ has asked and to fulfill His vision for our lives.  The bottom line, though, is that we simply do not know.  We cannot afford to procrastinate.  We cannot afford to put off until tomorrow what we could do today.  We have to live every day as if it might be our last.  When we do, we will find ourselves serving God just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves praying just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves trying to reach others for Christ just a little bit harder.  Then when we get to our last day, whenever that might be, we can look back on our lives without regret.  You never know when your last day will be.  Live like it is today.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Be Prepared


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 40-42; 1 Peter 3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 3:15-16

 

Most of us know that the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”.  While I was never a Boy Scout, I still like to live with this motto in mind, as it just seems like good advice.  When I pack for a trip, I always pack more than I think I will need, just in case I end up having to stay another night or spill anything on my clothes.  In my vehicle, I always keep basic tools, a flashlight, and an air pump just in case I ever break down.  When going to a meeting or an appointment, I always leave a few minutes early just in case I am caught in traffic.  These are just a few of the ways in which I try to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

We can also strive to be prepared for the best-case scenario.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Peter gives us two pieces of advice to help us be prepared for the best scenario of all – sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  First, he says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. (Vs. 15)  Peter knew a very simple truth that each of us should keep in mind – you never know when someone might ask you about your faith, and when this happens, we must be prepared to answer.  The best way to be prepared for this eventuality is through practice.  Practice telling friends or family members your personal testimony.  When asked about our faith, often the most appropriate response is not to tell others what Jesus can do for them, but rather what Jesus has done for you.  By using this approach, you can gently and respectfully share your faith and avoid making the other person feel defensive.

The second way to be prepared to share the Gospel is through the way you live your life.  Peter continues his earlier thought by saying, “keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (Vs. 16)  When we live according to God’s Word, we keep a clear conscience and avoid the guilt that accompanies sin.  When others see our behavior in action, they will be able to observe firsthand the power of God in our lives.  For some people, this might be enough to cause them to seek God on their own, wanting to change their own lives for the better.  For others, while your behavior may not stop them from slandering you entirely, it will cause their words to serve only as an embarrassment for them.

Our complete witness for Christ is a combination of what we say and what we do.  When we are able to share our story about how God has changed our lives, and are able to back up that story with our actions and behaviors, we will always be prepared.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Retaliation and Threats


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Peter 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 2:13-25

 

We have undoubtedly all seen the movie – the one where the main character finds himself in a bit of a jam.  Sometimes the hero is being beaten or tortured.  Other times the hero is allegedly about to be killed before he somehow finds a way out of it.  Growing up in the 80’s, I was surrounded by these movies.  If I told you to think of one of these movies now, out of every ten people there would probably be eight or nine different answers.  In all of these movies, the plot is typically the same.  While in the dire situation, the hero usually makes a few threats to their attackers, promising them some form of retaliation in the future.  Then later in the movie, the revenge moment comes when the main character finds himself vindicated, sometimes with a funny one-liner in tow.  Thus is the way of this world.  This is the message the world sends us as to how we should all act when we are abused or mistreated.

The story of Jesus Christ is remarkably different.  First, as we see in today’s key passage, Jesus did not threaten anyone during His entire crucifixion ordeal.  He never promised revenge.  He never told any of the Roman soldiers that they would pay for what they were doing.  In fact, Jesus did the exact opposite when He asked His Father in Heaven to forgive them.  Secondly, Jesus did not escape from His situation and exact revenge on his accusers.  Instead, He acted as a lamb led to slaughter.  He was fully man, and fully God.  At any time, He could have turned the tables on his attackers, but He knew that this was all part of the plan.  He did not try to fight it.  Instead, he simply put His faith and trust in the Father, and surrendered everything to His will.

The next time you are faced with a dire situation – even if it is simply a matter of someone mistreating you – you will have a choice.  You can choose to react the way the world tells you to react – the way Hollywood says is right, or you can follow Jesus’ example and simply put your faith and trust in God and surrender everything to His will.  The former may bring you a little bit of glory, but the latter will bring all the glory to Jesus Christ.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Surviving a Lion Attack


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 5:8-11

 

Lions are interesting animals.  As the king of the jungle, the lion is the ultimate predator.  In fact, the only time lions are considered prey is when they are being hunted by humans.  Lions hunt in packs, and they rely on teamwork to catch their prey and survive.  Like most good hunters, lions position themselves downwind of the animals they are hunting, and when they attack they look for either the animal that is alone or they go for the animal that is injured or the weakest of the herd.  When they find that weak target, they attack with the full force of the pack, bringing the prey down and sharing the reward.  Fortunately, lions rarely attack humans, but it does happen on occasion.  The best tip to avoiding a lion attack is to be aware of your surroundings and not risk encroaching on a lion’s territory.  If an attack does happen, your best bet is to stand your ground, face the lion head on, stretch your arms out wide, and yell as loudly as you can.  Since this is not typical “prey behavior”, the lion will often change its mind about the attack and walk away.

If you are wondering why I am telling you all of this about lions, the answer can be found in today’s key passage.  Peter tells us that, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (Vs. 8)  Like a lion, the enemy often waits for you to be at your most vulnerable point before attacking.  He might look for you in the moments when you are alone or cut off from other believers.  He might stalk you when you are feeling weak, tired, or helpless.  These are the times when the temptations to sin will attack you with their full force.  Just as we can with real lions, we can avoid most of these attacks by being “self-controlled and alert” (Vs. 8) but sometimes attacks are inevitable.  When an attack does happen, our best bet is to, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (Vs. 9)  James gives us similar advice when he says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

All of us can survive a “lion” attack – not by our own strength, but with the power of the Holy Spirit on our side.  When you are facing an attack, stand firm and resist it, remembering that, “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (Vs. 10)

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The End is Near


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 43-45; 1 Peter 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 4:7-11

 

I played baseball for most of my childhood.  I started playing when I was five or six years old and played through high school.  During my senior year, one day about halfway through the season the realization hit me that the end was near because I knew that I did not have the skills necessary to play in college.  As mostly a relief pitcher, I never really knew when I was going to play, so I came to understand that any game could be my last.  With this in mind, I found myself working just a little bit harder in practice.  When I was called on to pitch in games, I found myself throwing just a little bit harder, and I found myself trying to relish every single minute I spent on the field.  I still remember the last game I ever played in high school.  After twelve or thirteen years of living a breathing baseball, I stood on that field one last time after the game was over.  As I stood there looking around the field, I thought about all of the fields I played on over the years.  I thought about all of the wins and all of the losses, all of the good times and the bad.  I experienced many emotions that day, but the one emotion I did not have was regret, because I knew I played all those years to the full extent of my ability.

In today’s key passage, Peter gives us a gentle reminder that the end of our days is near.  As followers of Christ, we know that we will leave this world either when Jesus comes for the rapture or when He decides our time is complete.  In either case, we do not know when our last day on earth will be.  It could be today, tomorrow, or 50 years from now.  Of course, we all realize that any day can be our last, but often we choose not to live with that in mind.  We always think we will have more time to love others or to try to save that unbelieving friend.  We think we will have more time to spend in prayer or in reading God’s Word.  We think we will have more time to live as Christ has asked and to fulfill His vision for our lives.  The bottom line, though, is that we simply do not know.  We cannot afford to procrastinate.  We cannot afford to put off until tomorrow what we could do today.  We have to live every day as if it might be our last.  When we do, we will find ourselves serving God just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves praying just a little bit harder.  We will find ourselves trying to reach others for Christ just a little bit harder.  Then when we get to our last day, whenever that might be, we can look back on our lives without regret.  You never know when your last day will be.  Live like it is today.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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