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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

“Vibes” is my colorful way of referring to a distinctive quality that can be sensed if indwelt by Christ. It describes the inward confirmation of Truth. It often communicates the Spirit bearing witness to the Person of Truth (Jesus). Daily Bible Vibes hopes to accomplish just that. The devotional series focuses on the believer's identity of "Christ in you."

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THE WOKE SATAN:

The concept of “woke culture” has become a topic of debate and discussion in recent years. Originally, the term “woke” emerged from the word “awake” and was used to describe someone who is well-informed about social injustice, particularly racism. However, today it reveals a culture that is asleep regarding the Biblical doctrines of the Living God - literally becoming a weapon against Him. The moral representatives of Jesus Christ view it as a dangerous movement of Satan himself. Furthermore, authentic believers view "wokism" the greatest threat to our youth - an attempt to replace faith in Christ with faith in governmental social justice, which is a war declared with God. 

The Solution:

The avowed enemy of humanity, Satan, seeks to undermine faith in Yeshua and replace it with his own agenda. Wokeism, when understood this way, becomes a war against God and everything He stands for. In this, Satan has found a "perfect" way to advance his depraved objective - deceive the youth to propagate their individualized agendas. 

The Biblical Truth regarding this cultural demise is in convincing believers to become friends with the world. As authentic believers, the Bible provides clear guidance on the dangers of being too closely aligned with the world. This TRUTH emphasizes that being a friend of the world puts us in opposition to God. It’s a strong warning against compromising our indwelling faith by embracing worldly values and lifestyles - they risk compromising their spiritual convictions, causing each to adopt the madness method of Satan. Stop, and pause, decide if you want to be an enemy of God. 

 

“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

Review:

Proverbs 13:20; Study James 4:1-12 (Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

IM VAGUE:

From a biblical perspective, being unclear or vague can lead to confusion, misunderstanding, and even deception. In fact, being vague IS deception. Frequently without knowing it. The Bible emphasizes the importance of clear and truthful communication. In Proverbs 15:28, it says, “The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.” This suggests that thoughtful, clear communication is a God ordained virtue.

The Solution:

In Matthew 5:37, Jesus Himself instructs, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” This underscores the importance of straightforward, unambiguous communication. The masses today avoid a "Yes" or a "No." Why? Each wants to avoid being pinned down in their deceptions, so they lie by being vague.  

Therefore, being unclear or vague can be seen as contrary to the teachings of the Bible, which values truth, clarity, and understanding in communication. Clear communication fosters understanding, builds trust, and promotes harmony in relationships, aligning with the biblical principles the God of order, which advances Jesus Christ and His clear Gospel. The challenge for all of us is to be willing to be corrected, be held to a "yes" or "no" in our answers in all things. Avoid vagueness like it is a plague. Be clear with your communications. 

 

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

Review:

Proverbs 12:22; James 5:12 (Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

IM DOUBTING:

It’s not uncommon for authentic Christians, indwelt believers in Christ, to experience doubt. Doubt can be a natural part of the faith journey and can arise from various sources such as intellectual questions, emotional turmoil, or difficult life circumstances. Some people may see doubt as a sign of weakness or lack of faith, but faithful believers view it as an opportunity for growth and deepening of one’s indwelling faith. It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey in Christ is unique and personal. If you or someone you know is experiencing doubt, it can be helpful to seek support from a trusted spiritual advisor, pastor, or the Body of Christ Jesus. Remember, it’s okay to ask questions and seek answers. 

The Solution:

Obviously, the solution to doubt is beliefs in motion. The more complex challenge is doubt is a direct consequence of viewing the indwelling Life of Jesus as a religion, when in reality He is a Person who actually lives and functions through His own beliefs in and through the believer. Fact, when the indwelling Life is treated like an external religion, ostentatious, outward religion holds NO lasting effect, which leaves the person with inward doubt. The test of authentic indwelling belief is seen in our level of compassion and love expressions to others - particularly toward those that hurt us. Memorize the verse below. Ask Jesus to make it experientially REAL to you.     

 

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Review:

Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23 (Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

CULTURAL BLASPHEMY:

Blasphemy is Biblically defined as the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously (disrespect, or misuse of things considered sacred) about God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit, synonymous with irreverence and creating a false image of what is Holy. It includes using vulgar words, humor, or other forms of dishonor. Ultimately it forms an evil image of God by presenting Him as a mixture of evil and righteousness. The most common violation is saying "God Dammit" and saying "Jesus Christ" as a swear word. 

The Solution:

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is considered "the unpardonable sin." Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is when you take the true work of the Holy Spirit and you speak evil of it, attributing his work to the devil. In other words, accusing and condemning the Holy Spirit's work within the indwelt believer as an opinion or related to actions of Satan. When humanity insults God or Jesus Christ, forgiveness is possible. However, when this sin is committed against the Holy Spirit, forgiveness is impossible. As far as Biblical notations, this is the only sin that is unforgivable. It is also the most common sin to be excused by "Christians" who debate such a blunt violation. Today, determine to stop taking the Lord's names in vain through speech, judgements, images, or any other form of associating evil with the Holy image of the sacred!    

 

"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him." (Luke 12:10)

Review:

Matthew 12:31; Matt. 12:32 (Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

SEXUAL BEHAVIOR:

There is a misnomer in culture that has been around for centuries; it's my body, and I will do with it as I please. Society has proven that the best way to practice sin is to legalize it - minimally make it the cultural norm. Today this ideology has produced not only a depraved society but ignited thousands of sexually transmitted diseases. Fact - when an individual has sexual relations with another, God created the human body to adopt the hosted germs and bacterium found in its partner, which the immune system can tolerate. For every additional partner, the increase of germ count defilement causes the immune system to break down until it is impotent. Such is the results called Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Today, it has been renamed, Immune Deficiency Syndrome. No matter what you call it, it IS the natural Biblical consequence of immorality.

The Solution:

The importance of self-control and respecting one’s body as a temple of the Holy Spirit is God's norm and mandate. It’s a reminder that our actions, including our sexual behavior, should reflect our respect for the way God created our bodies, thus respecting God. He created our bodies with an immune defense system - one that is limited in nature. God developed the one + one=one requirements to keep the infections at bay. When we reject such moral laws of God by multiplying sexually transmitted bacterium, global diseases dominate the masses. Here is how the Word of God explains it:

 

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Review:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Hebrews 13:4 (Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

 

CULTURAL WITCHCRAFT:

In recent years, witchcraft has seen a resurgence in popular culture. No longer confined to the broomstick-riding, black-hat-wearing stereotype, it is now celebrated as an empowering practice tied to modern spirituality, mindfulness, and personal freedom. The Bible strongly condemns witchcraft and related practices. At its core, witchcraft involves attempting to manipulate the environment, circumstances, or situations through mystical or demonic spiritual means. This often includes seeking demonic assistance to influence a situation of discomfort, revenge, or advancing self-pleasure.

 

The Solution:

Biblically speaking, there is NO harmless form of witchcraft. Even seemingly innocent practices like tarot cards, horoscopes, and Ouija boards align with witchcraft and have demonic influence. Satan often disguises these practices as harmless, but they are not. The Word, God and Jesus, call us to avoid demonic sorcery at all costs. In fact, God calls all forms of rebellion the sin of witchcraft. Search your life. If you are reading, viewing, or gaming any type of evil sorcery, remove it immediately. Then confess to the Lord, accept His existing forgiveness, and commit to NOT returning to such practices. 

Review:

Leviticus 19:26; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 18:23  (Read Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

LONLINESS:

Loneliness can be a challenging experience, especially for authentic Christians. Loneliness is a result of disbelief, stemming from the alienation caused by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Just as Adam felt the painful emptiness of separation from God, we too can recognize our need for deeper communion with Him. The Bible calls it "oppression." Loneliness was the first psychological ramification of eating the forbidden fruit.

The Solution:

Jesus experienced loneliness on the cross; Father, why have you forsaken Me. When rightly understood, loneliness can serve as a Truth, a healthy acknowledgement of separation. When saved, or unsaved, when individuals experience loneliness, it is a confession of a perceived brokenness to being relationally connected to Jesus Christ - in Jesus's case, God. It is NOT a "mental health" issue. That would by psychobabble. It IS a wonderful reminder of our need to connect to Jesus in salvation or for believers, to reconnect to the indwelling Life within us. ACTION: If not an indwelt believer, pray for salvation. If you are a believer, review this video, HERE.          

 

Review:

Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4 (Read Dr. Phinney's Private Journal Entries)

A MOTHER:

The power of a mother lies in her prayers, sacrificial love, and faithfulness. Whether through Hannah’s intercession or Mary’s obedience, mothers play a vital role in God’s redemptive plan. Their impact extends far beyond their immediate families, shaping generations to come. Sadly, in our anti-parent culture, mothers are not honored as the Word of God commands us. May we honor and appreciate the mothers who exemplify the virtues of the Holy Spirit!  

The Solution:

Ultimately, a Christian mother’s mission is to raise children to honor and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ until the children receive Christ as their indwelling Savior - with the power of their kindness, discipline, and love. Her children should rise up and call her blessed; her husband also should praise her. A Godly mother shows selflessness: she places her children above her own needs. She is compassionate: she nurtures, comforts, and cares for her children and grandchildren. She is full of wisdom: she seeks God’s guidance in raising her children. Live a long life, find a mother, your mother if she is alive, and thank this woman for her lifelong dedication in being a mother.  

 

Review:

Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4

THE CHURCH:

The Church, composed of individuals living in this world, inevitably interacts with the culture, norms, and ideologies around it. Sometimes, this interaction leads to the Church being influenced by worldly values, practices, and attitudes. Thus, people get hurt and disappointed in the authentic meaning and purpose of the "church." Social media and other platforms often reveal harmful rhetoric from so called "believers," reflecting fear, cultural misnomers, frustration, and disdain rather than a Biblical worldview.   

The Solution:

In the New Testament, the term “Church” (from the Greek word “ekklesia”) refers NOT to a lifeless institution or bureaucratic organization but to a vibrant, living organism—the Body of Christ. The manipulative displaced "Christian" leaders through the ages made it about denominations and separatist groups touting their version of what is most important - centered on their agenda(s). The authentic Church is the full body of believers globally. The next time you hear the title "church," remember that the Word of God states that the Church is Jesus's present Temple of the Holy Spirit, which makes authentic believers His body that He conducts His ministry.  

 

Review:

1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23

VACCINATED BY LOVE:

An international study of around 99 million people confirmed known serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. The ramifications are mind-bending. While it’s essential to be informed, it’s equally crucial to consider the context of God's sovereignty. God's love extends beyond the depraved "fixes" of humanity, as well as the purposeful methods of reducing humanity's population.    

Challenge:

John, from the Gospel of John beautifully encapsulates the essence of God’s love. Despite the challenges, uncertainties, and brokenness we face, God’s love remains steadfast and sacrificial. It’s a lighthouse of hope that pierces through the dark depraved actions of humanity, offering redemption, grace, and eternal life to all who embrace it. He sent His Son to offer healing - spiritual, psychological, and many times physical. Take time today to realign your beliefs with the mind of Christ within you, that is if you are indwelt by Him. 

 

Review:

John 3:16; Jeremiah 17:14

IM DEPRESSED:

Over-diagnosis and over-treatment of depression is a significant concern, particularly in the United States. The secular world calls depression a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and loss of joy. The Bible calls it sorrow and lack of joy. Without the inner joy of the Lord, all humans can be plagued with the oppressive nature of defeat and hopelessness. Depression might be a warning sign of not connecting with Jesus Christ personally. 

The Solution:

The Bible acknowledges that authentic believers can struggle with overwhelming sorrow and sadness - even oppression. Oppression is an external darkness from God's enemy that can show its face in the ideology of "depression." If we don't identify where this darkness comes from, those who suffer from it will likely turn to drugs. True healing comes from the renewal of the mind THROUGH the indwelling mind of Christ. I strongly encourage you to look inward to Christ, study and read the Bible, and stay connected to the fellowship of other believers. Jesus offers hope through these three actions. God promises the fruit of the Holy Spirit to those who refuse conformity to the world.

 

Review:

Romans 12:2; Deuteronomy 31:8

FAKE GRACE:

The issue of true Grace versus counterfeit is based on one thing - faith vs. self-effort. During the early spread of the gospel among Gentiles, many so-called believers taught that converts needed to apply rules to Grace. They added human effort (works) to faith in Christ to maintain a relationship with the indwelling Life of Christ. The reality is, people are saved by Grace (unmerited favor) through faith in Christ alone.

The Solution:

The test of true Grace vs. a counterfeit is demonstrated when we get hurt. If judgement and rules spring forth from our souls - we are stuck in the counterfeit. Grace, in the biblical context, is unearned blessings and undeserved kindness. It highlights God’s unconditional love and mercy toward humanity, particularly toward those that hurt us. True grace leads to a transformed life, while counterfeit grace falls short. May we release the genuine Grace that comes from God, through Christ's indwelling Life and live in alignment with His truth. 

Review:

Philippians 3:1-3; Acts 15:1-29

DISTRUST:

Distrusting the Word of God is a complex and multifaceted topic, and it’s essential to approach it with sensitivity, respect, and the indwelling Life of Christ. As someone who believes in the absolute teachings of the Bible, I understand the significance of faith and the challenges that doubt can bring.  Some struggle with reconciling scientific discoveries, historical context, or apparent contradictions within the Bible. Past hurts within the hearts and minds of the masses can erode trust in spiritual authority of the Word of God.

 

The Solution:

Understand that faith isn’t static; it evolves over time. Doubt can be a catalyst for deeper faith if approached with humility. Faith isn’t blind acceptance; it’s a deliberate choice to trust God despite uncertainties. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Today, decide that doubt doesn’t disqualify you from faith; it’s an invitation to seek deeper understanding. As you continue your journey, may you find wisdom, peace, and a stronger connection to God’s Word by trusting in Jesus's existence, then move on to His Word.

Review:

Hebrews 11:1; James 1:6

POPULATION CONTROL:

Population control refers to the practice of artificially maintaining the size of any population. Specifically, it involves limiting the size of human population so that it remains manageable. It involves birth control, abortion, female genital mutilation (FGM), affirmative transgender surgery, euthanasia, biological viruses, and others. In the Word of God, all fall under the category of murder. God is into life, and life abundantly.  

 

The Solution:

According to the Bible, God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, in His own image. He blessed them and commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply.” Since Satan is the author of murder, he heard this and decided to reverse this mandate by inventing ways of logical murder that is logical and comfortable within human reasoning. As an example, over 95% of "Christians" believe birth control is not in violation to God's standards of multiplying life. Population control began with "birth control." Satan's goal is to block the birthing of future prophets and teachers of God. Multiplying the earth is in place to advance God's love for humanity. Decide today your position on logical murder.     

Review:

Genesis 1:22, 28; Genesis 9:18-19

MENTAL HEALTH:

Young people today grapple with anxiety, depression, and other so called mental health issues. The pressure to succeed, social media, and academic stress contribute to these challenges. However, "mental health" leans toward being a misnomer. It has become a "catch-all" for minds suffering from a deluge of lies. Many blame the oppressive whispers of demonic influences. It is also believed that TRUTH sets people free. Not the truth of cultural fractions, but the Person of Truth - Jesus.

 

The Solution:

Renewal of the mind is the corner post of sanity. When we conform to the ideations of this world, we need a renewal of thoughts in and through the mind of Christ, WHICH requires authentic indwelling Salvation - BY being filled with the Holy Spirit, WHO reveals the thoughts of Jesus. AFTER that, we are able to test and approve WHAT God's will is. Today, ask yourself these questions. Am I indwelt by Jesus Christ? Does the Holy Spirit live inside me? Am I a real-deal believer? In doubt? Read this explanation. HERE       

Review:

Romans 12:2; Proverbs 27:17

GENDER DYSPHORIA:

Gender dysphoria is a term used to describe the intense discomfort or distress that arises from a mismatch between a person’s biological sex (assigned by God) and their gender identity. Since the "norm" for humanity is gender confusion, and God is a He, are we not covertly accusing God of gender dysphoria? God is a "He," Jesus is a "He," and the Holy Spirit is represented as "feminine." The Holy Spirit is always subject to the "He" of the Triune of God. Thus, since indwelt believers (the Bride of Christ) host the Holy Spirit, we must submit to our Husband, Jesus, and obey His every command. 

 

The Solution:

Counseling will not "fix" this problem. However, repentance will. If you "feel" like a different gender than God assigned to you, identify your "feelings" as what they are - a hormone response to what is hosted in the mind. Focus on renewing your mind in Christ by sustaining it with the absolutes of His Word. That means spending time in a non-gender-neutral Bible, as in ESV, KJV, NKJV, or NASB. Avoid translations that have removed the gender identification of the masculinity of God the Father, and Jesus the Son.     

Review:

Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 104:34

RICHES IN CHRIST JESUS:

Biblical Paul was an inspiration to all authentic believers. He stated the word "grace" twelve times in one letter, Ephesians. Amazing! He did this to declare God's calling and purpose for every real-deal believer. He notes God's many rich blessings through and in Christ - blessings that should strengthen every indwelt Christian's confidence and endurance. 

 

Challenge:

As an indwelt Christian, our confidence rests not in our own abilities or achievements, but in the unchanging character of Jesus Christ from within. We are secure in the knowledge that He is faithful, loving, and all-powerful. His promises are true, and His grace is sufficient for every circumstance. In Christ, we find hope, purpose, and eternal assurance. Today, make a decision to reflect the essence of Christ's indwelling faith: trusting in the person of Jesus Christ and relying on His work from the inside out. Always remember that our confidence is not in ourselves but in the One who is our Savior and Redeemer.

Review:

Ephesians 2:8-9; Eph. 4:7

HOLDING AN OFFENSE:

If believers in Christ held to one Biblical rule, “Do not hold an offense against another,” their lives would be 100% free from bitterness, strife, and unforgiveness. However, less than 1% dare to live such a life in Christ. All forms of bondage start with an offense.

 

Challenge:

The importance of forgiveness and the interconnectedness between our willingness to forgive others and God’s forgiveness toward us is paramount. It encourages us to release any grudges or offenses we may hold and extend grace to those who have wronged us. List three people you hold "guilty" of offending you. Release them in Christ, in prayer, then decide to NEVER bring up the offense again.  

Review:

Mattew 6:14-15; John 6:61; 1 Cor. 10:32

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT:

Biblical Peter's central theme is how indwelt Christians should conduct themselves as "God's own possession." He empowers us to live among those who do not believe and are looking for reasons to oppose the spread of indwelt Christianity.

 

Challenge:

Live a life proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called you out of the dark cultural world. Live as a representative of the person of light, Jesus. Live as a sojourner of Christ by releasing His Life onto others. Reveal your honor of Christ to one person today. 

Review:

1 Peter 2:9 | 1 Peter 3:8-5:11

JESUS'S SECOND COMING:

Peter is devoted to warning believers that scoffers would come asking, "Where is the promise of His coming?" Peter assures his readers that any delay in Christ's return does not show a failure regarding His promises; instead, God is giving humanity time so that all who will "should reach repentance." As we know, this was not isolated to the first-generation church, it is for all who live up to His second coming.

 

Challenge:

The second coming of Jesus Christ is not only a future event but also a powerful motivator for righteous living and a reminder of God’s ultimate plan. The second coming represents the fulfillment of God’s grand plan for humanity. It’s the moment when Jesus returns to Earth in glory. This event marks the culmination of history, where Christ will judge the living and the dead, establishing the long-awaited Kingdom of God on earth - the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ. Study the book of Revelation - read through it completely without studying, reread it looking up all the cross-references, and finally, read it the third time taking notes as to the revelations found in your cross-reference study. 

Review:

2 Peter 2:3:4; v9

FALSE TEACHERS:

Peter devotes the middle portion of his second letter to false teachers who would come and seek to lure the believers into their fleshly/carnal ways. He wants his readers to focus on the teachings of Jesus from within, plus, the words being taught by the disciples rather than listening to the self-appointed teachers who claim their "own interpretation," which is popular in our culture today. In his day, these false teachers refused to believe that God will judge wickedness. Another common belief of fake Christians today.

 

Challenge:

Staying anchored in Christ and practicing these disciplines will help you confidently hold onto Truth within you throughout your faith journey! Dive into the Bible regularly. Familiarize yourself with God’s Word, discerning what aligns with it. Join a Bible Study Group, engage with fellow believers who study the Bible together. Discuss and learn from one another. Don’t believe everything you hear, be cautious. Compare what you "hear" to the Word of God. Not every teaching is accurate. Testing the "spirit" is critical. 

Review:

2 Peter 2:1-22; 3:3, v4

THE BELIEVER'S KNOWLEDGE:

Peter uses this word five times in his opening chapter of his second letter. He urges his readers to far more than mere intellectual understanding; he implores them to pursue an intimate interaction with Jesus as Truth from the inside out. This yields the greatest transformation of all when a believer releases Christ versus practicing His Truth, which produces a deeply intimate relationship with Him.

 

Challenge:

While knowledge of God is crucial, true fulfillment comes from experiencing intimacy—knowing Him personally, listening to His voice, allowing our hearts to be captivated by His love and by releasing His actual Life in and through us. Acquiring information about God—understanding theological concepts, doctrines, and facts—is essential. However, without releasing Him, it is all an intellectual pursuit. 

Review:

2 Peter 1:2, v3, v5

THE BELIEVER'S CREDENTIALS:

Among the common practices of false teachers questioning our credibility, Peter was certainly accused of such misnomers. He reestablishes his credentials with his readers; he was an eyewitness to the ministry of Jesus and His transfiguration, and resurrection. Even having such a testimony, he was doubted and ridiculed for his indwelling faith. 

 

Challenge:

Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior. His teachings, miracles, and resurrection provide compelling evidence for His credibility, even when He was consistent in His love, and unwavering commitment to truth demonstrate His trustworthiness. Yet - few believed in Him and in what He said. When believers share their stories, they contribute to the credibility of Christ. When they don't, they discredit His Life and His teachings. Take time to share your testimony with at least one person today. Share with them how the power of Christ brought you His indwelling Life through being possessed by the Holy Spirit. 

Review:

2 Peter 1:16-18

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD:

Peter's audience had been dispersed because of severe persecution. All indwelt Christians, however, were temporarily deployed on assignment by God in a land that is not their/our own. Knowing this should give us proper perspective on evangelism and discipleship, on living differently from the world, and on our purpose in all circumstances, which is to bring God glory. Many indwelt believers in our generation attempt blend the two worlds. Peter states that those that do will reap condemnation of such practices. 

 

Challenge:

Sin has a harmful influence on the soul. Separation from those who live in darkness protects us from its poison. The Lord calls us to come out from among them, be separate, and avoid touching unclean things. In doing so, He receives us as His sons and daughters. James 4:4 warns against friendship with the world, emphasizing that such friendship is enmity with God. Choosing to be a friend of the world makes us enemies of God. List out "friends" that you might have who are worldly and of bad influence. Without rejecting them, begin to practice separating yourself from partaking in their worldly deeds.

Review:

1 Peter 1:13-2:12; 4:11

SUBMISSION IN CHRIST:

In order for the first-generation church to maintain its testimony, Peter encourages submission to unreasonable authority as far as it is possible in all of life's relationships without violating God's Word: submitting to rulers, masters, wives to husbands, and young people to the Elders of their churches.

 

Challenge:

The Bible instructs believers to submit to authority. Even when authority seems unreasonable, our obedience reflects our trust in God’s sovereignty and control over such leaders. Jesus Himself submitted to unjust authority. He endured false accusations, an unfair trial, and crucifixion without retaliation. Our response to unreasonable authority speaks volumes about our faith in Christ's indwelling Life. Today, identify one authority figure you resist, yield them to Jesus, and then begin honoring them by submitting to their guidance. Remember, never obey IF they ask you to break the mandates of God.

Review:

1 Peter 2:13-3:7; 5:5

SUFFERING IN CHRIST:

During Emperor Nero's rule of the Roman Empire back in the first-generation church, indwelt believers became a persecuted minority. Peter provides a wealth of supernatural guidance on the "how" to endure external sufferings by the practice of releasing the Life of Jesus instead of the fleshly self-life.

 

Challenge:

Suffering is closely tied to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross brought salvation to humanity. Through His suffering, we find forgiveness and reconciliation with God. I challenge you to list three individuals you have struggled in forgiving. Offer them up to the Lord, release your unforgiveness, and begin to reconnect with them by way of the indwelling LOVE of Jesus. 

Review:

1 Peter 2:19-25; 4:12-19

INDWELLING GRACE:

Biblical Peter reveals that Grace is the foundation for all believers who proclaim the indwelling Life of Jesus Christ - salvation, possession of the Holy Spirit, Biblical marriages, spiritual gifts, suffering, humility, and the first and second comings of Jesus as the Lamb and the Lion of Judah.

 

Challenge:

As an indwelt believer, I challenge you to reflect the authentic Life of Christ from within by sharing your salvation story, release His Life from within, if married, use your marriage to communicate the believer's marriage to the Lamb, tap into your spiritual gifts, fellowship in Jesus's sufferings, stay humble, and openly share the End Times prophecies of the Rapture, and His second coming.

Review:

1 Peter 1:2-23; 3:7; 4:10; 5:5, v10, v12

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