Open Heaven Daily Devotional: Thursday, 22nd April 2021 – Peculiar Generation
MEMORISE: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. – 1 John 3:1
READ: 1 Peter 2:9-10 (KJV)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
In 1 John 3:2, John the Beloved could pondering on how privileged we are as believers to be called children of God. Apostle Peter explained the glorious implication of this in 1 Peter 2:9-10:
“9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
As believers, we are a peculiar generation – that is the generation of people who have given themselves to seeking God (Psalm 24:1-6). A peculiar generation refer, to those who have obtained mercy and thus, have become solution providers and barrier breakers. They are unstoppable. Joseph belonged to this kind of generation; he would not compromise godliness and perfect loyalty to God and man as we see in Genesis 39:7-9.
The generation of solution providers like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was also a peculiar one (Daniel 2:17-19). If you want to belong to this generation, you must be ready to seek the Lord even in the midst of ungodly people (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). Today, we see people who treat the Bible as outdated literature: they do not see homosexuality, witchcraft and sorcery as ungodly. Some of these people even make light of Christ’s teachings. Beloved if you belong to this peculiar generation, you must dissociate yourself from such people.
Sometimes though, you may experience marginalization. The good thing is that the members of the peculiar generation who remain undeterred, are always victorious in the end. This is because God already assures them of victory as we see in Number 23:23.
I encourage you to be a member of this peculiar generation of people seeking God actively at a time like this, when it is appearing unpopular to live by the principles of the over 2,000 year-old Scriptures. May God bless you as you do so today, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father, please accept me into the generation of peculiar people that show forth Your praise.
Amazing Grace How Sweet The Sound
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 10-11