The end is near!

SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL
Sunday, May 8
Text: 1 Peter 4:1-11(NLT)
Living for God
4 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 6 That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Question 3: Is there any command for me to obey?

Topic: The end is near!


Does v.3 describe your past life? If God has delivered you from such behaviour, then thank Him and do not allow the past to torment you anymore. Your deliverance has been made possible because Christ suffered in your stead on the cross of Calvary (v.1). What, according to Peter, should then be our response to this great deliverance? See vs.7 11 and compare with v.3. We should use all that God has given us, physical or spiritual, for the good of others and thereby bring glory to God. As we deliberately depart from our old lifestyle, notice the possible reaction from our friends and neighbours (v.4). Why do you think they would want to react this way? Some of them, however, respect you for your courage and some others still are inwardly also seeking deliverance. Only as you stand firm in your conviction can you help them.

When we are conscious that the end of this world is near, we will preach the gospel earnestly and with urgency. In that way, we will help some escape from the soon coming judgment.

Prayer: Thank God for delivering you from a lifestyle that leads to self destruction.
Further Prayers
Lagos Region
Prepared for the Master Take heed, keep on the alert, for you do not know when the appointed he will come. Mark 13:37
Thank God for
His mercies and faithfulness towards the Lagos Regional Chairman and all the members of the Lagos Region. 
The service rendered by the Former Regional Coordinator, Sis. Ngozi
Dallah, who retired in September 2021
Pray for
The new Regional Coordinator, Evangelist Cosmas Uwem and his Family. The spirit of Unity and cooperation among the members of the. Region for more productive service.
The Regional project and the development of the Region's land in
Ogun State, 
More spiritual and financial provisions for the Region.

A YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Samuel 9, 10, Ps. 50

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