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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 13

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

01032015 RayMy wife and I spend much of our time – Carolyn more than me – counseling people.  We have found that many people have self-esteem issues.  Maybe they were raised by parents who beat them down or never complimented them – you know – spending more time complaining about the B or C their child received rather than praising them for the A’s or for doing their best.  Maybe their spouse made them feel inferior or dumb – constantly putting them down.  Maybe someone in their life spent more time tearing them down rather than building them up.  If a person hears negativity things enough – they tend to believe it and live it out.

Satan has a way of trying to beat us up as well.  Satan loves to attack believers.  Satan tends to leave his own alone – have you noticed that fact?  When believers sin and fall short – Satan is quick to remind us that we are no good – that we have fallen – yet again.  Satan is quick to remind us that we are not worthy.  He reminds us that we are not very good disciples.  See how he uses truth?  We are not worthy (on our own).  But we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus (someone shout glory)!

21 day prayer fastIn today’s passage Peter writes: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  We have been chosen – sanctified – by a righteous God who sees value in us.  We have been made Holy and have been set apart for service to the King!  That gives us worth my friends.  Worth that those outside of Christ will not understand.

If Satan tells us that we have no worth – we can tell him that we have so much worth – that Jesus was willing to die on the Cross of Calvary to redeem our souls!  Tell Satan – or anyone else that beats us down that we are part of a chosen people – a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.

If you’re interested in reading the whole passage for today’s reading – you can do so at 1 Peter 2:1-25.  We are a people of worth – not of ourselves – but because of Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 17, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , ,

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