God’s Power Always Protects You
By Rick Warren
“And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation” (1 Peter 1:5a NLT).
In a world that often looks bleak, we need to understand that God’s best is yet to come.
We find five reasons in 1 Peter 1 why we can have hope no matter what’s going on in our lives. I’ve given you the first three of those reasons in recent devotionals.
1. God chose us before we chose him.
2. God always treats us with grace and mercy.
3. God has secured our future.
Let’s just be honest. Sometimes we’re in situations where we feel hopeless, helpless, and powerless.
But the truth is, that’s a lie. You’re not hopeless, helpless, or powerless when you have God in your life.
God tells us his mighty power will protect us.
Have you ever seen signs in front of houses that say “Protected by a security system”? We should do the same. We need little signs that say “Protected by God.”
The word “protect” in the verse above literally means garrison. It means we’re continuously guarded by God’s power.
God is watching over you every moment of the day, just as a bodyguard would. Everything in life is Father-filtered — even the hard things caused by our sin or others’ sin that God can still use for his good.
What do you have to do in all of this? It’s really simple: You trust God.
Talk It Over
How does the picture of God acting as a sentry, watching over and protecting you, impact how you see your life?
How have you seen God’s protection play out in your life?
Do you trust God’s protection in every area of your life? Why or why not?
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Many people step into the Christmas season run down and worn out. And by the time January rolls around, they’re so exhausted that they’ve completely missed the real reason for the season.
But there’s really no better time to recalibrate your heart toward Jesus than during the holidays. And Pastor Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose of Christmas, can help you fill your Christmas with more of God’s love and peace by making Christ the center of your life.
This resource shows you . . .
• What Christmas means for your salvation
• How to surrender to God’s will
• Practical steps to overcome discouragement
• Why we celebrate Christmas at all
• How Christmas can be a time to make peace with others
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From all of us at Daily Hope, may you experience God’s peace and joy this holiday season!
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