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joy in the everyday ~ 1 peter 1:8,9

1 peter 1-8,9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.
Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.  Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.  To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into. ~1 Peter 1:3-12 

The Lord Jesus Christ…author of salvation. (Hebrews 5:9)

He is Lord, the ruler of hearts and lives. He is Jesus, Saviour, He delivers His people from their sins. He is Christ, anointed by God, His Father, and has been exalted to heaven’s highest place, seated at the right hand of the Father. God, yet Man.

In His mercy, abundant mercy, He gives us a living hope when we place our faith in Him; when we are born again.

F. B. Meyer calls this living hope “the link between our present and future.”

My joy is not dependent on my circumstances but on my risen Saviour. Today (the present) I have this blessed hope, this joy inexpressible, though I cannot see Him.  Though life is full of disappointments and trials, I know one day (the future), I will see Him face to face, and my joy will be complete with no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears.  Until that day, I will hold on to Him and His wonderful promises and that blessed hope.

Listen to Jeremy Camp sing There Will Be a Day.

Feel free to use this verse.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I got the texture background, or which font to give credit.

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