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1 Peter 1:13 Devotional – Day 4

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 96:1-5 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

God created music. He enjoys hearing His people sing. Sing now if you want to, but if not take a moment and declare His glory aloud. Praise Him because as this psalm says, He is great, He is worthy, He is to be feared, He is the maker of the heavens  

1 Peter 1:13-25 – The Message
13-16 So roll up your sleeves, get your head in the game, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.

18-21 Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers wilt,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanksgiving 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 Christian Challenge as they meet tonight at River. 

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
What are you doing to get more truth into your mind? You are reading this devotional; that is very good. Anything else? What do you think would help you give the Holy Spirit more “buttons” to push? If you think about having truth in your mind as a button the Holy Spirit can push to bring those thoughts out when you need them, it might help you see how important it is to continually be putting scripture into your mind. However, it is sometimes the case that “many is the enemy of much.” Meaning, we can try to get so much information into our heads (many) that we fail to master certain truths (much). Instead of thinking about all the many verses and chapters and truths in the Bible that you wish you knew or think you should know, consider perhaps three key truths. Maybe focus on a couple of verses that you hope to master, or better yet, you hope they will master you. Let some truth deeply shape your mind and life. The old saying “a mile wide and an inch deep” is relevant here. Better to know a small amount of truth and to be deeply shaped by it, than to know a lot of truth and be largely unchanged by it.

Application: Take a single verse of scripture and let it master your thoughts today. Maybe you want to pick one that you will focus on for the next week or month. Perhaps you could use the one from today: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”