Following in Christ's Footsteps - The Necessity of True Devotion & Allegiance - Friday, January 27th

Following in Christ's Footsteps - The Necessity of True Devotion & Allegiance - Friday, January 27th

Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God …. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you …. Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1 Peter 4:1-2; 12-14, 19

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

So, God is our Maker and it is up to us to live in the reality of it. We must examine our lives for any evidence to the contrary. We are sure to find it and the only appropriate response is to ask God to help us make the commitment of surrender. The commitment of surrender is a commitment to pursue surrender throughout our lifetime. No one can choose to surrender in the sense that in doing so they are then once and for all surrendered. It is a goal that we choose to pursue day in and day out. Jesus said that the Father is looking for true worshipers. He also said that God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth. Worship is all about surrender and sacrifice to the One who made us and deserves our devotion and allegiance throughout our lifetimes. May God be merciful and draw us fully into the realm of His loving rule and reign so that we consistently and fully follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

 Lord, you are the Potter and I am the clay. Mold me and shape me into a vessel you can use for your glory and honor on a daily basis. Grant me the kind of devotion and allegiance that keeps me following in your footsteps for the long haul, even in the face of suffering. I entrust my soul to you my faithful Creator in doing what is right. Amen!

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