Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Godly Living (Pages 231-234)
I have been reading out of the book of 1 Peter where he discusses the foundation of healthy marriages and relationships. As I look back into the events of my life, I have seen jealousy, envy, pride, deceit, and hypocrisy first hand. Of all these, I would say that jealousy or envy would be one of the worst sins in the world.
Why are we jealous of others? What is it that creates a resentment toward other people? Is it due to material things? Is it the status of someone in life? Is it the job that someone has? Is it how much money people make? First of all, none of these things should matter. I see this happen every day due to even the smallest things. I mean, shouldn’t it be the simple things in life that make it so great? The tears and the joy? And when I say joy, I mean true joy in our hearts. Not putting on a face to appear to be happy but really shining from the inside out. This is what we are to be—vessels of joy.
We are to embrace one another as brothers and sisters. Our spouses are to be our best friends and someone who we can seek at anytime for any reason and be completely honest even if it hurts. This is what I desire for the people around me to be genuine and truthful in all matters by being Godly and upright and not caught up in the material world. Knowing that no matter what the job or walk of life, we are all the same in God’s eyes. We were created in his image, and we ought to be Christlike in all things. These are the people that I want to know. Every person has the choice. It is up to you to make the correct one.
As Living Stones
“And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:4–5
Christ Is Our Example
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you. leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps. Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
1 Peter 2:21–24
“LIKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste convcersation coupled with fear….(4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, evem the ornanment of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (Illuminated Version)
1 Peter 3:1–2, 4
“You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 7–9
“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”
Contrasting the Upright and the Wicked
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feed on folly. All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better is a little with the Fear of the Lord, Than great treasure and turmoil with it. Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox and hatred with it. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger pacifies contention.”
Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Role of the Spirit (Pages 145-148)
I know that there have been times in my life that I have struggled with understanding what living in the Spirit is all about. It is a work in progress through which we come to know the Father on a personal level…(A Secret Code and New Vocabulary…) It is a type of comprehension that does not require full explanation. It is knowing that everything that happens is for a significant reason in fulfilling our purpose while here on earth, doing away with all injustice and corruption. It is knowing that God has bigger plans for us than we have ever dreamed or imagined. He knows us by name—each and every person.
By trusting in Him, we are able to figure out the full meaning of life. We are able to see beyond the world that surrounds us into a new light—a light that shines vividly through all darkness and confusion; a light that gives us awareness and discernment; and the light that overcomes in the time of testing and in the end is victorious. Jesus is the light of the world.
“Again therefore Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said to Him,” You are bearing witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” Jesus answered and said to them, Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true; for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from, or where I am going. You people judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and He who sent Me. Even in your law it has been written, that the testimony of two men is true. I am He who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under the foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord Will Judge His People.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
“If you had known Me, you would have known My father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him…Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.”
John 14:7, 10–11
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides in you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will behold Me no more; but you will behold Me; because I live you shall live also. In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”
“And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me-to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:7–9
Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: The Masterpiece of Life (Pages 141-143)
Being in the presence of people who have less than most of us is an amazing thing. Though, they have so little in material things, they have a treasure greater than most in what they know to be true, their faith…
The people whom I find to be the most inspirational are those who have suffered but know that the reward awaiting them after their time here on earth is greater than anything they have ever imagined—he treasure what is only given by God and the Holy Spirit. This is a treasure that carries us through the toughest of times, into a place where we are surrounded with pure love. From what I have learned, I now know that this a treasure that goes beyond measure. It is evident in the lives of those who I work with and have come to call my friends…(that I may not always see, but I know that they are there and can hear me when I think or speak)… The people whom I look up to, not for what they have, but for what they have given the world through their heart and soul.
These are the people who I love and desire to be around. These are people who understand what life is all about. They understand the struggles in life and have overcome through their deep devotion to God. They have endured more than most people have ever dreamed or imagined, yet they know remain constant in possessing the joy that only comes from the Son. They have, up until this point, continued to put it all together and see the masterpiece of what is yet to come…They are the salt and light of the world. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
“For Thou art not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with Thee. The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity. Thou dost destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. But as for me, by Thine abundant loving-kindness I will enter Thy house, at thy holy temple I will bow down in reverence for Thee. O Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness because of my foes; Make thy way straight before me.”
“O God of my praise, do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me. They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cause. In return for my love, they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. They have repaid me evil for good, and hatred for my love… With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; And in the midst of many I will praise Him. For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.”
Psalm 109:1–5, 30–31
“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law. A slave (helper/humble servant-God’s vocabulary…) will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response. Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is no hope for a fool than for him. He who pampers his slave from childhood will in the end find him to be a son. An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression. A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing. The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted. Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord. An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.”