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 37:1-2 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Read the entire Psalm
Do you fret are you envious of those who do wrong? It’s easy to wonder, does God see? Will they get away with their evil deeds? God does see. He is just. Like all men their life will come to an end. Praise the God who sees and brings ultimate justice.
1 Peter 1:13-25 – Christian Standard Bible
13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. 17 If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, 23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For
All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.
And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.
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 our Easter service this weekend. Pray for those who don’t normally attend church to hear the message of the gospel and turn to Christ.
Living as God’s People by applying the Bible
Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
Are you decided or deciding? I don’t mean are you free from all doubts; I suspect no one is. However, are you more likely to doubt what you believe is true, or to doubt your doubts about those beliefs? As a young man, Billy Graham went through a time of serious doubts in regard to the truth and reliability of the Bible. He wrestled deeply with his doubts, and even though he didn’t have all the answers to all his questions, he settled the matter once and for all. He concluded that the Bible was the true Word of God, and he didn’t look back. From that point on, the Bible “proved” itself to him more and more over the years. Please don’t be afraid of questions; you should not suppress them if you have them. But just know that you can come to a place where you ask questions from a foundation of faith, not doubt. “Faith seeking understanding” is the route I would recommend as you continue to grow in your confidence in God and his Word. Decide, and live decided. If you do, you will experience God in ways you would not have otherwise.
Application: Are you decided or deciding? If you are decided, is there anything holding you back from a life of full-fledged faith? Are you holding on to fear in the place of confident faith? If you are not decided, what are you waiting for? What final proof or experience do you want to see before you will trust God? Is it right or reasonable to demand this proof?