Day 159: 1 Peter 3: Jesus, Lord of Your Heart
Bad news, ugly political rhetoric, and doomsday-type events flood the airways. Unrelentingly, we are bombarded with fear-causing captions that steal our peace. The world is falling a part, and so are the people who feed upon these fear-based reports. Yes, it’s true that a constant state of alarm is the norm. But we are Christians–we are not to fall apart by the on-goings of the world, or even from the personal circumstances we face, rather we are to keep Jesus as Lord of our hearts–not fear.
1 Peter 3:14 says, “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. Do not be afraid of their intimidating threats, nor be troubled or disturbed [by their opposition].”
Though many unbelievers are enslaved to fear, this Scripture commands Christians to make Jesus Lord of their hearts. Fear should not have power, authority, or influence in a Christian’s life, rather the Jesus Christ and everything He is should rule their hearts thereby influencing their outward conduct.
Oftentimes, it is necessary to shut out the noise that is projected through media outlets, or even the noise in our heads that cause panic. We need to turn off the screens, stop reading articles, or focus on our stressful circumstances. We purposefully need to align our hearts with God and allow Him to rule our hearts. If we are living in a right-relationship with Jesus Christ and in His will, we do not need to fear. Instead, we need to live in light of eternity making Jesus Lord of our hearts. Turn away from hyper-focusing on the cares of this world, whether they are global or personal, and turn to Jesus, making Him Lord of your heart.
What causes you to fear?
Slowly read through 1 Peter chapter three.
Pray the Scriptures. Pray 1 Peter 3 back to God. Look for at least one verse that stands out that you can pray back to God.
- Example: 1 Thessalonians 2:12: “Lord, help me to live a life worthy of You, who has called me into Your kingdom and glory. Help me to also encourage and comfort others in this same calling!”
Prayer: Spend time in prayer, loving God through Worship, Repentance, Thanksgiving, and presenting your requests to Him with Thanksgiving.
Take the time to connect with the Lord through praise and worship. Simply enjoy God’s wonderful presence. Feel free to sing along with your favorite worship music or make up songs as they come to you. Allow the Holy Spirit to energize your praise and worship time. God inhabits the praises of His people!
Repent of your sins. Repent as the Holy Spirit leads you to and ask God to forgive you for any sins you are aware of. Also, ask God for help to overcome habitual sins.
Thank God for who He is, and thank Him for the blessings he’s given you. Then present your God-directed needs and desires before Him. Ask in reverence and boldness.
Application: Prayerfully decide whether or not the passage reveals a specific application and/or a broader Biblical truth. Asking the Holy Spirit for help, apply the Biblical truth specifically to your life.
Journaling. Listen for that still small voice. Let God know that you desire to hear from Him. Be still before God and listen to whatever He might say. Make sure it does not contradict the Bible.
Optional Additional Reading: Psalm 21