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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Spiritual Sundays


Hello everyone and welcome to another Spiritual Sundays with Charlotte and Ginger!

Today's post is once again a devotion from Our Daily Bread. It spoke to me and I pray it speaks to you as well. It is penned by Joe Stowell.
"You are a chosen generation,....a holy nation....that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness." ~ 1 Peter 2:9
My wife and I have grown to love England - its history, culture, and people. One of our favourite activities when we visit is going to outdoor concerts {also known as proms} on the sloping lawns of ancient estates. "The Last Night of the Proms" event is the best, with fireworks and hundreds of nationals waving little British flags to rousing patriotic tunes.
We loved joining the celebration - until the summer our children came with us. When we started waving our flags with all the enthusiastic Brits, our kids were aghast. I can still hear them shouting over the music, "What are you doing?! You're Americans!"
God must often feel like that when we blend in and live like the ''locals'' around us. I can almost hear Him saying, "What are you doing living like that?! You belong to My nation!"
Peter reminds us that we are different from the locals- we are a "holy nation'' {1Peter 2:9}.
Being holy means that we are unique, set apart for Jesus, becoming like Him, and reflecting His countercultural ways of living. It means that we are forgiving in the face of cruel offences; and merciful, gracious, truthful, and loyal to our promises. It means being just like Him.
So let's start waving the flag of holiness as members of the "Jesus nation"!
If you would like to be encouraged and inspired please visit Charlotte and Ginger at http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ and God bless you!
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

15 comments:

Virginia said...

Amen!Great post....
Much Blessings,
Virginia

Sue said...

Wonderful, inspiring post Sandi,thank you for sharing and for the reminder.
Hugs, Sue

sarah said...

Woo hoo. this is great. thanks for posting it Sandi...have a great weekend

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a beautiful reminer...thank you!

Joan said...

This is a wonderful post, Sandi. I almost wished you a happy Thanksgiving, but realize that Canada has already celebrated. At any rate, we can be thankful each and every day!

Blessings,
Joan

Charlotte said...

How interesting. We went to England twice in the 90s. It isn't hard to fall in love with that country. I would have loved to go to one of the Proms. I think I would have joined in with singing and flag waving too. Really like the conclusion of the story. We need to remember that we are citizens of God's kingdom first and foremost.
Hugs & Blessings,
Charlotte

RCUBEs said...

Hi sister Sandi! It's great to hear from you...Love those teacups! So dainty!

"Chosen generation..." Can't even fathom...but I am grateful to be a part of it. Thanks be to the Lord! God bless you sister and may you always be strong in the Lord's mighty power!

Karen said...

To be like Jesus! That is our desire. Thanks for your beautiful post.

Lisa said...

Lovely post!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing this great post.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thank-you for sharing this devotion from Our Daily Bread with us.This seems to be a great lesson thank-you again for sharing different parts here with us.
God Bless,
Ginger

Lisa notes... said...

So glad that we're a part of the new nation!

Saleslady371 said...

Sandi, I really thank you for this devotional. It spoke to me today. I continue to lift you up in prayer!

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Oh that devotion is moving and beautiful. What a great image to make the idea stick--we need to be loyal to Jesus. We belong to His Nation. I love that.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings and joy as you prepare for the arrival of a precious granddaughter. If I ever have one--everything will be pink. I am surrounded by boys!

Janis

Liz said...

Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

~Liz

P.S. May I join in on Tea Cup Tuesday this week. I have a lovely tea that I am sharing.... :) Thanks!

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