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Leslie Wittenmyer

June 29, 2024

1 Peter 1:5, New Living Translation

“And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

We have an enemy that is trying to destroy our faith. If he can get us to doubt God and His goodness and turn away from our Savior, then he would succeed in making us fair game to his plans for destruction. Our enemy understands the power of faith.


“And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” (1 Peter 1:5, NLT),


Recently, I have been going through some of my own battles and trying to find truth and encourage myself in the Lord. Knowing that my faith is connected with God’s power to keep me safe is a game changer! I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to hold on even tighter, because without my Savior, I am lost.


The storms we go through in life are not by accident. Sure, some of our own choices create a storm in our current circumstances. Sometimes it’s the enemy, the devil, stirring up trouble. But listen to what Peter says next. “So be truly glad. There is a wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fired tests and purifies gold—your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:6-7, NLT)


We have a wonderful joy ahead…salvation… an eternity with our Lord Jesus. But it doesn’t come easy. We will have hardship to overcome. Does this mean that Christ doesn’t love us? Of course not! Paul says in Romans 8:38–39 (NLT), “And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Take heart in this scripture and hold tightly to your faith as it is tested. “In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith, with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control and self-control, with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly, affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8, NLT)


As you grow in your faith and you grow in knowledge of our Lord Jesus, share what you have learned. We all need to be reminded of where our help comes from, where our salvation lies, and the encouragement to keep fighting the good fight of faith and understanding that our trials are only for a short time. Together, we will fight, together we will be with Jesus. 


“Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, ‘It has come at last— salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” (Revelation 12:10-11, NLT)

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