Food for Thought1 Peter 3:12 The Lord Watches
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An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

1 Peter 3:12 New Life Version

12. The Lord watches over those who are right with Him. He hears their prayers. But the Lord is against those who sin.Ē

Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior moved us into right standing with God, transporting us from the darkness into His light. In this light His love and protection minister grace into the atmosphere and when we enter into this atmosphere we experience all that is already there.  We are like spiritual sponges that absorb all the goodness He so willingly extends. In His presence is His light and in this place of right standing within His light God sees us best.  We must remain under His covering willing to allow God access to our innermost being. God already has access, but will not force His will on us.

There was a time when we were separated from God because of our sin.  But when Jesus gave His life on the cross, access was made as the temple veil was torn from top to bottom; representing the tearing away of any hindrance that separated God from us; His creation.  

The Lord is vigilant about watching over the earth.  He has no favorites and brings rain for the just and the unjust.  He watches closely to protect and care for us, but sin turns His face away and if we are in sin, it is we who walk out from under His covering and watchful eye.  He sees the sacrifice of Jesus when He looks at us.  In Him we are righteous. 

Because we are right with Him through His Son, there is nothing preventing our prayers from reaching His ears except ourselves; our own beliefs and doubts.  Our faith is the answer to our prayers. God promises to hear our prayers, but He is also very clear about being against sin and those who choose sin. God did not create sin and He has no part of it.  He even turned from His own Son, when Jesus embodied sin on the cross.  Sin has no part with God at all so it does not coexist with God. Compromise is not even a word in heaven.  Even if His children should choose to have relationship with sin, it automatically distances them from Him.   Our Father never wants to be away from His children. It is always our choice.  

Challenge:  Stay within Godís watchful eye through reading the word and praying and being accountable to others in our pursuit of God

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.