1 Peter 2

God has been showing me I need my own revelation. 

I have been coming to a place of rest. 

A place of knowing it’s going to take time and letting it take time. 

Also, I’m finding that I didn’t know half what I thought I did, and it’s because it was head knowledge, not revelation knowledge. 

I can’t teach squat on head knowledge. 

Even if I could, it would have no power with it. 

The revelation comes from relationships and a desire to know and understand Him more. 

I was repeatedly reading in 1 Peter 2 today, and I better realize that suffering wrongfully is a God trait. 

Willingly suffering wrongfully. 

No one else would ever do that. If someone had done you wrong and it was in your power to take revenge, you would take revenge. 

If you wouldn’t, it’s because God has been working in your heart and transforming you into the image of His Son. 

He’s putting His traits in you. 

Turning the other cheek is a God trait.

 No one else would do that. 

Giving is a God trait. 

Love is from God because God is love. 

Healing is from God and is an act of love on His part. 

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He took our sins in His own body on the tree so that we would be dead indeed to sins so we could live in righteousness.

1 Peter 2:24

Not suffering

Suffering for Christ, walking through the fire, and through the waters, these are things we are called to in life. 

Why? And what does it mean to suffer for Christ? When one person does wrong to another, it usually begins an inevitable cycle of strife and hatred, but if the person wronged turns around and blesses the wrongdoer, then it breaks the cycle before it has a fighting chance, and we show the world that there is another way. 

When Jesus died on the cross, He showed us that there is another way. 

The only way we knew was fighting and striving—every man for themselves.

 Christ came to break the cycle, and we are called to break the cycle as well. 

So suffering Christ is not a sickness. It is not poverty; rather, it’s blessing instead of cursing, turning the other cheek, and going out of our way to help those in need. 

This is not being a doormat that does not bring glory to God that actually glorifies the devil, so it’s important to know the difference. 

A good way to check if you are suffering for Christ or being a doormat is your attitude toward the person doing wrong. 

Is your attitude “father forgive them.” or are you hurt and offended by them and doing your best to hide your feelings and act kindly toward them? 

Your heart can be at a place where their mess doesn’t stick to you; it slides off like water on a duck’s back. 

Suffering for Christ doesn’t feel like suffering. 

Actually, if you feel like you are suffering, you are doing it wrong and probably qualify as a doormat.

 It says to rejoice when you suffer for Christ, so this is something we do in joy. You never have to step out of joy and peace. 

Never. 

These are gifts given to us by God almighty, and no one can take them away; we have to choose to step out of them, but you can’t blame your circumstances for your choice to step out if you so choose.

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

Shalom.

 

In His service, 

Abbie

 

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