Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..(I Peter 1:3 NKJV)
Thought for the Week: Here God is called the God of Jesus Christ, referencing Christ’s human nature, and his Father according to his Divinity. His abundant mercy is representative of a fountain from where regeneration and all other spiritual blessings flow. Thereby, excluding all merit and dignity in us, causal of such magnificent benefits. Abundant mercy is the same as riches of mercy. And through this abundant mercy, God has transposed us from a state of misery and sin into a state of life and grace. A living hope, which is a true effectual hope; a progeny of lively faith which produces peace and purity. This is a total antithesis to the vain hope of worldly men, which is neither a product of faith nor tends to holiness. Our living hope is predicated on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the cause of our regeneration. Therefore, we are being raised to a spiritual life by the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Prayer: Thank you God, for allowing me to wake up this beautiful morning and to experience a new day. Thank you for not letting me waste this day with selfishness, laziness, greed, stupidity, negative thoughts and other sins. Help me to make the best of this day, knowing that the blood that you shed already covers my life for this day. Help me to use this day to move closer to your image and likeness and to become the person that you called and ordained me to be. Help me to use this day to practice holiness and purity that can be achieved when I die daily to my own thoughts, feelings and desires, and claim your resurrection power for my life.
Help me to understand that your life, death and resurrection were not in vain. Every time a negative thought begins to form in my mind, help me to instead, be grateful that you suffered unbearably, just for me. That you suffered so that I did not have to, means I can give all my worries and cares to you, while at the same time, move forward, because of your resurrection power that brings dead things to life. I claim your resurrection power on this day to cover my mind, body and soul, my health, my finances, my family, my friends and each and every area of our lives in Jesus’ name. I understand that by claiming your resurrection power for my life daily, I am joyful, in Jesus’ name. I have all my needs met, in Jesus’ name. I am healthy, in Jesus’ name. I am made whole, in Jesus’s name. I am healed, delivered and set free, because I claim the power of your resurrection for my life daily, in Jesus’ name. Help me to remember this as long as I live – that each new day is an opportunity to recognize and claim the power of your resurrection. Thank you in advance, God, for all things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Prayer by Sheila Thomas
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Until next week..Blessings and Peace!