Growing Nearer to Our God
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-8
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Scripture Quote: "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:8-9(NIV)
There’s an incremental renovation of the innermost soul that gradually begins to take place when a person receives Jesus - The gospel of salvation and the very Spirit of God began to indwell us. It wasn't so much a degree of moral good that we received, but an awakening of the likeness of God's Devine Being, which is now forever engraved into our souls. We were invited to put on a different identity and to embrace holiness and love.
Of course, this was all a process, which is still ongoing - We didn't put on a pair of wings and become angels. We aspired to great heights, but, again and again, we found ourselves nowhere close. This renovation is an arduous process, yet, it is one full of hope! God's promises encourage us and carry us forward. Sometimes we get too caught up with trying to do or be better. We forget to reflect on and enjoy all of the change we have already experienced as a result of the grace and love of our heavenly Father. So, wherever we are in our walk today, we can be sure that it's one step closer to our Glorious God!
Today’s meditation: Relish your journey toward God.
Memory Verse: "As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance." 1 Peter 1:14 (NIV)