"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Challenge Passage! (1 Peter 2:1-3)


After our most recent deep dive session into 1st Peter, (the ROCC fall study), our small group members felt challenged by Peter’s directives for our daily walk. Specifically, Peter's insistence that we hunger for God’s Word and that we avoid certain behaviors once we are changed by way of the “glorious salvation."

Our group realized that if we could discipline ourselves to recall these expectations more often, then we would definitely create open doors for which to share Christ’s love, while experiencing a more enriching, joy-filled journey. Easier said than done, huh? But we also know that keeping the following few verses close to our heart will be a start.

"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." - 1 Peter 2:1-3

Our challenge is to meditate on these verses daily.  When tempted to speak poorly of others or act in a manner that is insincere, these words will be stored in memory and ready for action.  When we don’t feel like picking up God’s Word (“pure spiritual milk” referenced in verse 2), these words will convict us of the “craving” that will bring nourishment, growth and maturity.  What a great passage. See you Thursday night! 

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