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July 5

Be motivated by God, not evil. Hope in the LORD!
2Chronicles 25-27 / 1Peter 1-2

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OT

26:16 But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the LORD his God by entering the sanctuary of the LORD’s Temple and personally burning incense on the altar.

NT

1:8-9 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

2:1-5 So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.

:24-25 He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.


OT Flash Points

The course of events leads to disconnection with God
Decay in morals
Separation from leadership “Nevertheless…” 27:2

NT Flash Points

Life separate from God is hopeless
But now the salvation that only God can offer is yours


Perspective

Isaiah 35:7 The parched ground shall become a pool
Don’t be caught calculating without God
“Let not your heart be troubled!” John 14 – that is a command

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