(no matter what people say today, this is what God says about Israel)
The LORD has today declared you to be His people,
a treasured possession,
as He promised you,
and that you should keep all His commandments;
and that He will set you high above all nations
which He has made,
and that you shall be a consecrated people to the LORD your God,
as He has spoken."
To believers in Jesus (a different people group)
This precious value, then, is for you who believe;
but for those who disbelieve,
"THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,"
and, "A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE";
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word,
and to this doom they were also appointed.
But you are A CHOSEN RACE,
A royal PRIESTHOOD,
A HOLY NATION,
A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION,
so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
for you once were NOT A PEOPLE,
but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;
you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY,
but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers
to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:7-11
Today I’m going forward proclaiming His excellencies
and abstaining from fleshly lusts.
Now that’s a tall order!
If you are reading this today… I’m looking for prayer warriors.
I’m speaking this weekend at Horton Haven Christian Camp in TN and would like friends to pray for me. Thanks!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!