Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
Peter is one of my favorite Disciples. I can relate to him so much, always putting his foot in his mouth and speaking before thinking, boldly dashing into something without using wisdom. That's me! I also love his letters in the New Testament. But check out the verses above. SO MUCH packed into just 3 verses!
LIVING Hope- the word for Living is zaō which means to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead) to enjoy real life, to have true life and worthy of the name, to be active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God
Incorruptible and undefiled inheritance RESEVED for us! That means that our inheritance, our rewards, can never disappear, decay, or be stolen. The word "Reserved" in Greek means "to guard". In other words, Jesus is watching over our inheritance, keeping it safe until we get there.
This is what I've been talking about! We need to keep our eyes on the unseen, on our Savior, our inheritance in Heaven. That is where REAL life exists, not here in this world run by Satan. We are to have the type of hope that is real, brings life, and is in the Kingdom of God. This is not the hope of the world, but an eternal, sure hope that we can enjoy right now!
KEPT by the Power of God. Do you know what that little word "Kept" means in the Greek? It's the word phroureō , which means to keep with a garrison, to guard, protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight.
A garrison? The definition is a body of troops stationed in a fortified place.
That means that there is a body of Warrior Angels surrounding you and your family right now! If you belong to Jesus, you are being guarded "Kept" by God until He sends Jesus for you. Stop and think about that for a moment. This is even more relevant to me since I just finished my next novel, When Angels Battle. We may never see an angel while in our fleshly bodies, but believe me, they are there, and as we wait for Jesus to return, always remember, there's not just one with you, but a garrison keeping you and your loved ones safe!
This is so important to remember in these trying last days of this age when our enemy seems to be gaining strength by the minute. God loves and protects His Saints and we have an inheritance in Heaven that's going to blow your mind. We should be the happiest people on earth right now!
2022. A short note on the new year. God doesn't go by the Gregorian calendar. Most of you know that the Jewish Calendar and hence, God's calendar, does not match our Gregorian calendar. Every one of our months and every one of our days are named for Pagan gods. This is not from our Lord. Therefore, even though we are celebrating a new year, the year is the same for the Jewish people. Their year started on Nisan 1, last year, which was March 14, 2021. Their next year doesn't start until Nisan 1, which will be April 2, 2022.
Why am I saying that? To encourage people who were counting on the rapture in 2021, due to several prophecies and timelines in the Scripture, including the 80 year generation. So, hang in there, the Lord is not slack. Keep your oil lamp lit and your hope alive! 2022 is going to be rough, I believe. But we are not of this world!!
WOW, just wow, MaryLu! Love this! especially "kept" ='s garrisoned. Like you, I love Peter, especially in The Chosen. I've often thought he gets a bum rap. He's impetuous, but that's because he's passionate (and human), and at-the-ready. At any rate, thank you for the very encouraging Greek lesson this morning. What a great way to start what will most likely be a very difficult year. No getting better, no return to normal, only lulls in the storms. Maranatha!! Blessings, judiReplyDelete
Yes, a difficult year for sure.. not the Great Revival or Awakening some are expecting. May the Lord open many eyes! And yes, poor Peter.. like you added below.. at least he was there! I love his humanness and his willingness to be human and put himself out there. Blessings, Judi!Delete
Follow-up note on Peter. Yes, he was in a position to deny Christ, but at least he was THERE! All the rest of them were in hiding. They all rallied later, of course, but ya gotta give Peter credit for at least following His Lord into danger.ReplyDelete
Very True!! Peter gets a bad rap, doesn't he? LOLDelete
Congratulations sister getting your book done. I hope I have a chance to read it, but if Rapture comes first I'm sorry I'm going to have to take the Big R LOLReplyDelete
What an encouraging message about 2022 and the Jewish calendar. I was making up the pages of my new journal for 2022 and I ended at the last day of March as I really can't see us being here any longer. Doug and I were joking that maybe we go up April 1st and they'll call it April fool's Day, just joking they all disappeared, right?
Your message sure put a smile on my face. I can't wait to share this with Wing Flapper. She'll be happy to hear this too. Also I love what you said about the hedge of the angels surrounding God's children. I can feel them everyday, because we have the peace that surpasses all understanding. Anyhow Sister, God bless you for your inspiring message.
Cillie, happy to send you an e copy of the book if you want to read and review. But yes, you are of the hook if the rapture occurs! LOL In fact, I will no longer care about any of this. April fools day.. that's a great idea! Blessings to you and Doug!Delete
I would love to get an e copy to read and review of your book Mary Lou. How do you send it, do you have my email address to send it? I'm not familiar on how to read an ebook. Tell yes I would love to read your book, I've been looking forward to it, if it was meant to be written. God bless you alwaysDelete
Hmm... well, I can send you a pdf and you can read it on your computer or ipad or whatever you use. Do you have a kindle? Yes, can you send me your email address and I'll send you a link. :-)Delete
Wow what an awesome post and absolutely right on target thanks Marylu, Cillie and Judi. Love the insights you have shared with us. PamReplyDelete
Thank you Pam!!Delete
I never knew that about the calenders. Thank you for that insight. Always good to learn something new. Thank you as always for the encouragement you give and for the reminder we do have gaurdian angels surrounding us. 🙂 In the meantime I'm continuing to look up for my Savior!ReplyDelete
Me too, Barbara, me too... In fact, I'm getting a crick in my neck from looking up so much!Delete
I love being kept by God. As everything spirals around me I don't understand people still reject Jesus. Even people who say they follow him don't know what it feels like to be kept in the shadow of God's wing. They have a foot in each world and are missing out on God's glorious power. It's interesting how each day I grow disinterested in the things of this world. Even the calendar is an annoyance to me now. It's like I don't want to play anymore, and I realize it really has been a game. The whole thing has been a game orchestrated by the enemy. Ecclesiastes calls it Hevel. Smoke and mirrors. Fake. Everything we see is Hevel. My eyes are only for the Unseen now, because that is what is true and good and real.ReplyDelete
Katy, you inspire me. Thank you. Nothing in this world matters.. just Jesus. And you're right, so many believers don't know what they are missing by playing with the world. I've been in both camps and even in the middle and I can tell you there's NOTHING like knowing Jesus and being all in for Him!Delete
Hi Mary Lou, I don't know if you heard this or not, but tomorrow January 5th apparently our country is going to really turn on the 5G Network more than ever. Supposedly to get it all working, it was an update with pastor Tom Hughes yesterday and Monkey Werx. It could cause us some problems, Monkey who tracks all the Jets every day that fly around our country, said it could even affect the aviation equipment and jets could be wrecking especially when they go to land. As it might affect the altimeters. I don't know if I can share that link on these comments, but if you want to see it let me know, it's not too long of a message. Anyhow it's just a heads up in case things to get strange, every day is just another crazy day in a world that is turned upside down, until the Lord restores it to the way it was meant to be. God bless you amenReplyDelete
Thank you for the heads-up, Cillie.. Wow. No, I hadn't heard that, but it doesn't shock me. I'm super busy today with grandkids so I'll decline the video, but I will be praying about this.. praying if its true, the Lord would protect the innocent.Delete