Day 334: Ezekiel 41-42; 2 Peter 1
by Jonathan Merki on November 29th, 2023
"His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." (2 Peter 1:3, CSB)Talk about a loaded passage of Scripture. I challenge you, however, for this moment to take it at face value and read it with simplicity. Knowing Jesus our Lord, personally and intimately, seeing Who He is as our Savior and Lord, liv...
Day 333: Ezekiel 39-40; 1 Peter 5
by Jonathan Merki on November 28th, 2023
"And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up." (1 Peter 5:10, TPT).Jesus did tell us that in this world we would have opposition (literally, pressing like the pressing of grapes to make w...
Day 332: Ezekiel 37-38; 1 Peter 4
by Jonathan Merki on November 27th, 2023
"I will display my greatness and holiness, and I will reveal myself in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 38:23, CSB)"Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed." (1 Peter 4:13, CSB).How often have you heard someone say, "Scripture is being fulfilled before our very eyes...
Day 331: Ezekiel 36; 1 Peter 3
by Jonathan Merki on November 26th, 2023
"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers" (1 Peter 3:12a).E. M. Bounds writes: "It is strange how God has to school His people in His ability to do all things!...In God's ability to do, He goes far beyond man's ability to ask." God's ability goes hand in hand with His willingness. His desire is to bless His trusting, obedient children. He is paying att...
Day 330: Ezekiel 34-35; 1 Peter 2
by Jonathan Merki on November 25th, 2023
In response to yesterday's question asked by God in Ezekiel 33:11, "Why will you die?" today's reading asks the corollary: "How will you live?" Consider 1 Peter 2:21: "For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps." (CSB). In His Steps, written by Charles Sheldon, became a spiritual classic because it addressed this b...
Day329: Ezekiel 32-33; 1 Peter 1
by Jonathan Merki on November 24th, 2023
The LORD God: "Why will you die, house of Israel?" (Ezekiel 33:11)In Deuteronomy 30:19 God challenges Israel through Moses to choose life, defining that choice as loving Him, obeying Him and holding fast to Him. Why is it that the sinful heart chooses the total opposite of the heart of God. Here in Ezekiel 33, Israel is blaming God for being unfair, and in essence using that as an excuse for their...