Peri

Book: Peri
Author:C.A.Richards
Published Date:2015

The story is an allegorical look at the birth and life of a person looking predominantly at the inner thoughts of the person. There are very few characters in it and not a lot of dialog. The book is mostly descriptive in nature with easy to read wording and sentences.

The main character, Peri, sees things from a perspective of learning as he goes through life. He makes many choices as he goes along, and some of them later learns to regret. Peri starts off as an innocent person not knowing anything and slowly learning about many things. As he gets older he wants to take on the world and be his own master and ruler of his world. Through his choices others get hurt or killed. He learns that it was his mistake that caused the problems. Towards the end of his life he realizes the mistakes he has made and tries to correct some of them. Some of his mistakes he was able to make amends for, while others were unable to be changed.

In real life, people do these very things. They want to be in complete control of their own life and have everyone bend to their desires. Many people feel that the rest of the world owes everything to them. Some of those people learn that the world does not owe them anything and that they are there to help others. Others never learn that lesson as Peri did towards his end. Everyone has to live according to the choices that they make.

This book will make for excellent discussion on the meanings of different aspects of the story and how they pertain to real life. Although it is a good book, there is no mention or symbolism of anything that represents Jesus or God. There is nothing in there about salvation or sin. This is the one major negative about the book since it is not, in my opinion, Christian in any way. It does show the views of the world very well.

This book is relatively short book of only 152 pages. It is this author’s first full length book and his first published book. There are some spelling errors in the book, but overall it is very well written.

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2 Corinthians 3:5 Where Is Your Confidence?

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Paul had pointed out how the Corinthian church was a result of their ministry. They had been successful in building a church that was serving God. He knew that the people were changed in their heart, not just in words on paper.

After saying that, he quickly points out that though they have great confidence in the ministry, that confidence was from God. He knew that God could do great things in and through him.

Many people do some great things in this life. This includes people in the church. Often people in the church will be just like the world in stating “look what I have done”. They will point the fingers at themselves as the hard-working person who made it possible. Their confidence lies in what they can do.

Men can fall into this trap of thinking. They feel confident that they can provide for their family, have a large house, and a big paycheck because of their own abilities. They focus on what they can do, rather than what God is doing through them and for them.

Although their hands were in the process, it was God who made it possible for that work to be done. Without God, nothing is possible. The life you live is only possible because of God. You would not be able to breathe or move if God did not make it possible for you to do so.

When you rely on God for everything, then anything is possible. Nothing is impossible. You can have complete confidence in the power of God for everything in your life. This is true for the very large mountains in your life, and for the very small bumps in your life.

Are you trusting in the power of God? Or are you trusting in your own abilities and talents?

The results that are in your life, are they because of your own work? Or are they the works of God?

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will have complete confidence in God alone; that you will not trust in your own abilities; and that God will do great works through you.

2 Corinthians 2:16 An Aroma Of Life And Death

“To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?” 1 Corinthians 2:16

Just before this verse Paul stated that all believers are led as captives by God in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses believers to spread an aroma of Him everywhere. Christ is showing believers off to the world and to Satan. He had triumphed over death and brought all to life.

The devil thought he had beat Jesus when Jesus died on the cross, but three days later He arose in triumph. Whenever a person starts to believe in Jesus, it just shows the victory that He has over the devil and the world.

As a believer walks around in this world, he will bring an aroma with him. To most people, this aroma will be one of condemnation and death. God is trying to reach the lost. His Holy Spirit is working at convicting them of their sins. It is for this reason that the world hates Christians. All believers bring about a conviction that goes against what those in the world believe. The world feels that believers will bring them death. If they become believers they will no longer be able to live the “fun” life they are living of sin.

When one believer is around another believer they both smell the aroma of life. They know that there is hope, life, and a future in Jesus. Yes as a believer, they will have to give up some things, but it will be worth it in the end.

Think of it like when you are around someone who has on some very strong perfume. After a while you walk away, but the aroma of that perfume is still with you. Others can smell that perfume on you.

As you go through life, what aroma are you bringing to those you are around? If you are following Jesus, you should be bringing the aroma He has.

Do not be surprised when some think of it as death, while others enjoy it because it is of life. It is death to sin, and an opening to eternal life.

I pray today that you will smell of the life Jesus gives; that others will be drawn to that life in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Why God Comforts You

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When a people go through a difficult time they desire some comfort. Where and how they get this comfort is different for each person. The world does not have God to look to, so they will look to things of this world for their comfort.

Some will turn to different types of foods, others will turn to drugs or medications, others will focus more on their job or some other favorite pastime activity, and others will look to other friends. This list for where people seek comfort is infinite.

All of these comforts will help for a short time, but not for long. They are only temporary comforts.

God, however, will comfort with a guaranteed, eternal, and perfect comfort. His comfort comes in knowing that He loves you, that He is in absolute perfect control of the situation, that He is looking out for your best, that the blood of Jesus is saving you, that you have a life for eternity in heaven some day, and that God will never leave you, nor forsake you.

The purpose of getting all of these comforts from God is not just to comfort you for yourself. It is not for you to hoard them. They are for you to share with others.

Once you have been comforted by God in a situation, you are able to pass that same comfort on to someone else in the same type of situation. No matter what you have gone through someone else has gone through it already and someone else is going through it now, and someone else will yet go through it in the future.

Know yourself the comforts that God is giving you. Let others know the comforts that God has for them. Trust God in your situation and rest in His peace and comfort.

I pray today that you will know the peace God has for you; that God will show you ways you can share the comforts He has blessed you with; that you give God the praise for all comfort you receive; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be On Guard

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Paul is closing out his first letter to the Corinthian church. He gives his last final advice to them as a warning and as an encouragement.

First, is to be on guard. As a believer, the world will be against you. Satan wants to get you to fail or stop believing in Jesus. You have to be ready for the enemy when he shows up. You also must be able to recognize the works of the enemy. If you are not awake and watching, (as Jesus stated), you will be caught off guard and tripped.

Second, you are to stand firm in your faith. You must know what you believe and stand on that. Do not allow the world or others change your views on who Jesus is and who you are in Jesus. Yes you have messed up in the past but you have been forgiven and are now a child of a King and are being saved.

Third, you are to be courageous. In this life you are in a war. It is a war for your soul and the souls of everyone else. There are two sides to this war, God’s and Satan’s. You must be willing to face the enemy when he shows up. Know that God is on your side and you will win in the end. Do not fear the roaring lion of the enemy. Do what needs to be done for God.

Finally, you are to be strong. With God all things are possible. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. God has filled you with His Holy Spirit to give you the strength that you need, now use it, stand in it. Do not back down. You have already run part of the race, do not give up.

Victory is coming. The war is almost over. Know that you know that you know you are saved and you will win the war against the enemy with God on your side.

I pray today that God will help you see the tactics of the enemy; that you will not waver in your belief in Jesus; that you will have courage to face the enemy; that you will be strong in the Lord; and that God will bring you the victory.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Keep Working

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Death was just shown to have no power or sting. In Jesus, a person can know that even if he physically dies, he will be raised to life again. This is because of the victory each believer has in Jesus. With this in mind Paul now says to not let anything move you and to continue to do the work for the Lord.

Being moved is getting discouraged, changing your course, or doing something different. It is not following the path you started on.

When you are driving down the road, you are headed to a specific location on a specific path. Suddenly there is major road construction ahead and you are turned off the road for a detour. You are moved off your path. While when driving you must take that path, in life, the world will try to get you to take the detour. You must not allow that to happen. Keep going on the path God has for you.

This is where you must continue to work hard at the task God has given you. Despite all the road blocks and challenges, the work will be worth it in the end. All of your hard work for Jesus will not be in vain. The end result will be life eternally in heaven with God.

Your old self must die so that it can be resurrected into a new life. This can be found in the work of Jesus and the work you do for Him. Working for the Lord will always be against what the world wants.

Do not allow yourself to get tired or discouraged and give up. Remember that Jesus did die for you and did rise from the dead for you. Some day you will walk on streets of gold with no more sorrow, sickness, or pain. The struggles and pain you are going through today will all be gone forever. Keep on working for the Lord.

I pray today that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do the work; that you will know the hope you have in Christ Jesus; and that you will not allow anything to move you.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Get Back To Your Senses

“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34

Paul had just stated a good argument about life after death. He now tells the people to get back to their senses and to stop sinning. They are to stop ignoring God.

As this passage is read, remember who he is talking to. He is speaking to the people in the church. These are believers, followers of Jesus. These are supposed to be the good, holy people of God, servants of God. This is why it is “to their shame” that he makes this statement.

This sinning is not the accidental sudden slip of a single sin. It is the lifestyle of sin. It is the repeating of a sin over and over again and again.

There are people in the church who refuse to give up certain sins. Often they state that it is just something small, or that it is a part of them that they cannot stop. Others will state that it really does not affect them at all. Sin is sin, regardless of how big or small it is. All sin puts a person in danger of death and separation from God.

Do not ignore God’s Holy Spirit trying to guide you into God’s ways. Be willing to turn from all sin. No one, not even the devil, can force you to sin. Doing a sin is a personal choice that you make.

Paul says get to your senses and just stop sinning. If you come to your senses and realize who God is and what Jesus has done for you, it only makes sense that you would choose to just stop sinning. Refuse to give into your personal evil desires that the devil wants you to do.

If you focus on God and doing things for God, you will not have time to think or do any sin. God will keep you busy with His work for you on this earth.

I pray today that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in what sins you are doing; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will seek to do only what God wants you to do; and that you will turn away from all sin and temptation to sin.