Dr. Abidan Paul Shah preaches expository messages each week that challenge and inspire people to live God-honoring lives. Each sermon is based on Scripture and contains timeless truths that are applicable to our lives today.
This weekend, we continue through the first chapter of 1 Peter. Peter shows his readers the importance of being sober-minded and having the resolve to stay focused on God and what He is doing, even in the face of uncertainty. This is such a critical reminder, not only for Peter’s audience, but for us as well. The title of this weekend’s message is “FIRM RESOLVE.”
As they loved and trusted Jesus through their trials, his invisible presence became visible and filled their hearts with joy inexpressible and full of glory. Not only that, but they also received the assurance that they would receive the end of their faith—the salvation of their souls. Are you bogged down with the immediate? Can you see what God is doing through your storm? Can you see what God is doing through the storm of 2020? What are doing for those who are coming behind you? Are you saved?
How we respond to the trials of life reveals the content and the quantity of our faith. Genuine faith makes the invisible Christ visible and fills our hearts with joy. It even reveals our true destination. How is your joy level this morning? Are you facing temptations or trials? Can you see Christ? Have you ever seen Christ? Are you saved? Do you love and trust him?
Unlike earthly hopes, the hope that comes from God never disappoints. Biblical hope is not based on earthly expectations and fears. It is based on the solid foundation of God himself. In other words, the hope that God gives is much more than the anticipation of something in the future. It is a deep personal trusting relationship with God. Do you have this living hope? Are you looking forward to the inheritance? Are you born again?
Our identity should be ultimately rooted in God and his salvation in our lives through Jesus Christ. Do you have God’s grace and peace? Are you saved? Through Christ you can have grace and peace.
Receiving admonition is a mark of a mature Christian. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and being mightily used by God will not exempt you from being admonished. In fact, the more you serve, the more chances there are of being admonished. How you take admonition says a lot about where you are spiritually. How do you take admonishment? Are you saved? Do you have the Holy Spirit? It’s only through Christ that you can have him.