Sometimes, it helps to define our relationship with God and understand His presence in our life as both a Father and a Friend. How we pray (or communicate with God) often has blockages due to our own ideas of what a father or friend is, yet God invites us to know His perfect relationship and reframe our prayers.
As we continue to examine David's life as an example to us, we see that God is present with us in unexpected ways and places. His presence does not depend on our worthiness, but on his incredible love for us.
Adam examines the life of David and how he waited faithfully and with integrity in many situations. From his example we see how waiting can be a powerful process in our lives that God often calls us to do.
The look at the life and character of David continues, this week examining David's loyalty throughout the span of his life. Even when his life was in danger and Saul's jealousy chased him, David stays true to his character and loyalty. Jonathan and David's relationship is another example of incredible commitment to each other and to God. Do we display such loyalty to God and each other in our lives?
The story of David & Goliath. Throughout his life David had been faithful with the little things God had set before him to do. When God called him to a seemingly impossible challenge (Goliath), David tackled it with confidence and assurance. David knew who God was, he knew who he was with God, and he knew God would take the battle for him.
Peter talks about how Jesus' story is credible, it really happened and they were there to see it. It wasn't something made up out of man's imagination, but something we can know to be true. We can live out the words of Peter and walk and grow in love because we know them to be true.
As we get to know God, we become more like him. We become less concerned with taking and more concerned with helping the people around us. Peter reminds us of these things, knowing that we easily forget the vision God sets before us.
What we do matters. Because we are saved and have faith, we do good works. It is not the other way around. Allen digs into the next verses in 2 Peter 1, addressing how we confirm our calling and live out our faith as effective Christians.
God says he provides all we need to live godly lives, but why is it that we don't always see ourselves lining up with this? Allen discusses this and how we must receive what God offers us. The more we get to know God and center ourselves on Him, his divine power provides us all we need to live a godly life.
In closing the book of 1 Peter, Adam examines what a leader looks like through the lens of Peter. As Christians, we are leaders that are called to humility, leading by example and standing firm in the faith.