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SpiritFire: Blessed when Insulted?
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
What an incredible phrase: "The Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." Jesus reminded us that we were blessed when people insult and persecute us because we have a great reward in heaven (Mat. 5:11-12). Peter plugs into this theme, but also reminds us of an immediate reality as we await our reward in heaven: no matter what others say about us, God not only claims us, he lives in us through his Spirit of glory! Rather than being ASHAMED for our suffering, we need to REMAIN faithful, and know we are CLAIMED by Almighty God!
Father, may I never be ASHAMED of my faith in Jesus. Through the power of your glorious Holy Spirit, empower me to REMAIN faithful through every circumstance and trial of life. I know you CLAIM me as your child and that your Spirit lives in me and rests upon me as I live to your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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