I’m a warrior

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NOW I’m a warrior.

Further up and further in: Romans 7

1 Peter 2:11 – Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul.

Lord God, I so badly want to have a life of peace and calm. I so badly want to just go along and get along because it’s more comfortable. It’s so easy for me to sin and to say, “It’s just the way I am.” It’s so easy for me to sin and say, “I couldn’t help it.” It’s so easy for me to fall into any sort of sin and not realize what’s really happen. But Peter’s telling me! The desires of my sinful nature are warring against my soul. The desires and the sins of my sinful nature are not small things that I can let remain. These things want to kill my faith and my soul. Help me, o God, to fight back. Give me strength and power from your Spirit to fight back against the sin in my nature, to hate it as much as you do. Give me power by my baptism to daily kill my sinful nature in me with all it’s evil and wicked desires. Help me never sit back and let things go. Make me a warrior to fight against all that is sin in me. Amen.

I’m a stranger.

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NOW I’m a stranger.

Further up and further in: 1 Peter 1-5

1 Peter 2:11 – Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires which wage war against your soul

Lord God, you called me to be your child. I am now, by your grace an heir of heaven and of eternity. This place is not my home. Heaven is my home. It is the promised land for which my heart of faith longs. Lord, as your child I often fail to see what the real problem is in this world. I often fail to see what the real problem with me is. So often we point to the guns, to the training at home or in school. We point to the attraction of certain things. We point to external factors which can be like a lure to a fish. We point to external factors which might influence behavior in positive or negative ways. We think it can be stopped or at least curbed if we adopt the right disciplines or the right rules. But the real problem with me is my sinful desires. No rule can get rid of those sinful desires. No discipline can kill those desires in me. I am a stranger in my own my body. I want to do what is right. But my nature in me wants to do what is bad. Help me, O God, recognize that my real problem is my nature in me. And save me from it. Cleanse me of it. Kill it in me that I might stay away from all that that nature desires. Amen.

I’m in.

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NOW I’m IN.

Further up and further in: Hosea 1-3

1 Peter 2:10 – Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received God’s mercy, but now you have God’s mercy.

Lord God, it is so good be your child and a member of your family. As your adopted child, I have access to all the good that you have for me. You have opened the storeroom of your grace and mercy to me. I am not on the outside looking in any more. I’m your child. I’m your bride. I’m yours! You’ve been merciful to me. Help me to live in the joy and freedom that comes because I am yours. Amen.

Light for the dark

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Day #6: He calls me out so that I can bring light to the darkness.

Further up and further in: Psalm 51, Psalm 89, Matthew 5:13-16

1 Peter 2:9-10 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Lord God, as I wander through life I wonder what the purpose of my life is. I look at my skills and abilities and wonder to myself what I can do for you and how I can serve you. I look at the ways that other people serve you and realize that I can’t serve you like they can. I look at my own weaknesses and wonder what I can really offer you. But God, when I think like that I’m just despising who you made me to be. I’m despising the gifts and abilities that you gave me. Lord God, you gave me a perfect calling when you made me your royal priest. And by your creative powers you made me just as you wanted me to be and still give me the gifts and strengths that you want me to have. And all you ask of me is that I live my life for your glory. All you ask is that I would be a light in this world. All you ask is that I would be who you made me to be by my baptism, that by my life and by my words I would declare your praises. Let me life’s song, O God, be for you. Amen.

Royal Priests

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Day #5: He makes me his people and a royal priest.

Further up and further in: Exodus 19-20, Exodus 32-34

1 Peter 2:9-10 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Lord God, I was once on the outside looking in. I was once not your people. I was once not loved your loved on. I was once not yours. But in your love for me, you chose me to be yours. In mercy, you made me to be a royal priest in your house. In care and concern, you made me your own and called me, along with all who believe in you, “the people of God.” Lord God, you treasure me and hold me dear. Help me to treasure this identity and stay close to you in it. You are telling me, through Peter, who I am to you. Help me to live out this identity in my life today. I am yours. Lord, let your name be made holy by my words, actions. Yes, let your name be hallowed through my whole life today. Amen.