TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:6-10, Daniel 11:32
This passage says, “Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’ Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” God laid a Cornerstone in the church. Those who believe on Him shall be saved. Those who don’t will be ashamed. Jesus is the Cornerstone, a Rock of stumbling, a Rock of offense! But we are, “a chosen generation” verse 9 says, “a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people,” that we might proclaim praises to Him for calling us out of darkness and bringing us into His marvelous light. Yes, we are being built into a holy priesthood. That fact is declared again and again! Over and over and over again we find the same thing. God emphasizes this point in part because He is calling us to pray the same prayers Jesus prayed and to get the same quality of victorious answers. He wants the warrior in us to participate with Him in harvesting cities and nations! It is time we grow up and develop our relationship with God and start building faith with the Father in order to do great exploits at His bidding. Daniel 11:32 says, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.” That verse ends in the Amplified Bible putting it this way, “ …but the people who are spiritually mature and know their God will display strength and take action to resist.” How much action to resist is being taught in American pulpits? Our relationship with the Father needs to be top priority in our lives to move forward into the ‘greater works’ that Jesus promised! That is where we are going! Anything less and we would be forfeiting something that the Blood has already bought! Why would we leave something on the table that God has promised us? That would be as if we were despising our inheritance. Let’s pay the price and pick up all we are heirs to! God intended us to walk in it and it is time we said yes!