The joy of sharing the gospel, encouraging men through the genuine expression of truth! In turn, tonight, I too was encouraged, and supernatural empowering became evident. Brothers were engaging together tonight around the word of God. Attentiveness, personal testimonies, and practical insights enjoyed as the Spirit of God helped us love one another, encourage, and pray. Thank you, Lord. I pray you do know with full, overflowing blessed assurance, and long for greater, deeper, higher, wider experiences of Gods’ presence, especially thru the illumination of the living active word of God.
In our discussion, tonight, we talked about who we are in Christ and referenced 1 Peter to help us understand, as we sat in awe of this supernatural reality. Every genuine believer is God’s elect, strangers in this world system. Our heavenly Father knew you and me before we were ever born. The Spirit of God is molding and shaping our lives to walk humbly in obedience to our Lord Jesus. God, in his great mercy, has given us new birth! We share a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And, we share an inheritance that can never perish or fade. Moreover, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…” Praise God, “…who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Oh, man! By God’s saving grace, we are able to understand, at least in part, and experience the significance of this great salvation. Yes! Greater and greater as we pursue in his strength! “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 goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
A brother asked why suffering had to occur for those in Christ. Peter recognized believers’ sufferings, their grief in all kinds of trials. “These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Paul, “…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And, hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Brother Mark reminded us at Wednesday Bible talk to follow in the steps of Jesus; As He entrusted himself to God, his Father, so too we keep entrusting ourselves to the Lord in the midst of it all, as we go through our trials and tribulations. Jesus, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Beloved, enjoy our shared faith as you walk close to Jesus, take his hand, and learn from him. Amazing!
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 1 Peter 1:8
 1 Peter 1:7
 Romans 5:3-5
 Matthew 11:29