God's Holy Fire: 'Blessed When Insulted'

Thursday, March 28, 2019

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
— 1 Peter 4:14 NIV

Key Thought

What an incredible phrase: "the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." Jesus reminded us that we are blessed when people insult and persecute us because we have a great reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12). In today's verse, Peter plugs into this theme. In doing so, he also reminds us of an immediate reality as we await our reward in heaven. No matter what others say about us or do to us, God claims us and lives in us through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of glory! Rather than being ashamed for our suffering, we need to remain faithful because we know that we are claimed by the almighty God!

Today's Prayer

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 on me as I live to your glory. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of 1 Peter 4:14 NIV — If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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