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1 Peter 1:13 Devotional – Day 1

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 33:1-5 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Read the entire Psalm

As you read this Psalm look again at what God does and what this Psalm tells us to do. Sing, play music, praise Him. It’s okay if you don’t like to sing or can’t play an instrument. The point is to praise the Lord. Singing is an important mode of praise. Praise is what is vital. Take a moment and praise the Lord for “he is faithful in all he does.”

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 1:13-25 – New International Version
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

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Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanks to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for Sarah as she returns to her life overseas. Ask God to strengthen, guide, and encourage her.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

What have you believed that turned out to be untrue? How has that false idea caused you sorrow or loss? What has someone close to you thought to be true, but was not, and it caused you to suffer? If you consider not just your own personal history but the larger history of the world, all the horrible human consequences began with someone thinking something was true, that was not. Wars, abuse, self-inflicted disease, broken marriages, and sexual brokenness are all rooted in some kind of wrong thinking. In fact, all suffering is rooted in wrong thinking because it all goes back to Genesis 3, where Satan’s wrong thinking influenced Eve’s wrong thinking and cooperated with Adam’s wrong thinking. You could say, “No, these are all wrong choices.” Where do wrong choices originate? Eve’s fingers didn’t originate the first sin, her thoughts did. Thoughts show up in what we do with our bodies, but it all starts in our minds. Do you consider yourself a victim of your thoughts? If so, you must learn to recognize the wrong thoughts. You have been given freedom to choose your thoughts. With that freedom comes the responsibility to continually make the choice to choose good thoughts.

Application: What stinking thinking have you allowed to remain in your mind? You likely know it is there. Toss it out now.