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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:17

And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth.

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That is, stand in fear before the Father not fear of pain and punishment, as the Christless and even the devil are afraid, but lest He forsake you and withdraw His hand, just as a dutiful child is afraid lest he provoke his father, and do something that might displease him.  Such a fear would God have within us, that we guard ourselves against sin, and serve our neighbor while we live here upon earth.  A Christian, if he truly believes, possesses all the good things of God and is God's child.  But the time which he yet lives is only a pilgrimage: for the spirit is already in heaven by faith, through which he becomes lord over all things.  But to this end God permits him yet to live in the flesh, and his body to remain on earth, that he may help others and bring them also to heaven.  Therefore we are to use all things on earth as a guest who goes on wearily and arrives at an inn, where he must tarry all night, and can receive nothing from it but food and lodging; yet he does not say that the property of the inn is his.  So must we also proceed in regard to our temporal possessions, as though they were not ours, and we enjoyed only so much of them as is needful to sustain the body, and with the rest we are to help our neighbor.  Thus the Christian life is only a night's sojourning: for we have here no abiding city, but must find it, where our Father is, in heaven.

My Father's house on high,
Home of my soul; how near
At times to faith's foreseeing eye
The golden gates appear!

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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