Old Testament Lesson
One of the lessons that we learn from Scripture is God's mighty strength. Many words or phrases describe who God is. He is powerful, mighty, and strong. We see Him protect His people. We see Him working for His plan and His will. We see Him bringing down those that oppose His will and His way. We see Him making the way straight for His people.
We must always remember that is at work on behalf of His plan and His people. So, if we are working for God, if we are following His plan, what have we to fear? For greater is He that is in us and for us than he would stand against us. The Lord's strength becomes our strength, and the Lord's strength is greater than we could ever imagine.
New Testament Lesson
1 Peter 1:13-25
To be holy is to be set apart, it is to be different. So, when we are called to be holy, that means that we are called to be different than those around us. That means in a world that does not forgive, we are called to forgive. In a world of hate, we are called to love. In a world that tears down, we are called to build up. In world that pushes God away, we are called to draw near to God. In a world that tears families apart, we are called to build fa miles up.
In a world where our worth comes from who we are and what we've done, we are called to know that our worth come from who He is and what He has done. We are called to be holy. We aer called to be different.
He tell us that while He is going to the Father, He will not leave us orphaned. He will not leave us. For while He sits at the right hand of the Father, the Holy Spirit, was sent and fills us. Where there is grace and mercy, there is the Spirit. Where there is leading and guiding and direction, there is the Spirit. Where there is love, there is the Spirit. He did not leave us orphaned, He did not forsake us. For through the Spirit, we are drawn closer to God and drawn into the life that the Triune God longs for us to have.