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1 Peter 2:1-10 Devotional – Day 5

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 58:6-8 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
Read the Entire Psalm

This is an imprecatory Psalm which is a Psalm calling for cursing of one’s enemies. The instruction for us from the Psalms is not to call down curses, but to remember that God is just. They also instruct us that we can bring our honest emotions and frustrations to God. He is listening. He is just.

1 Peter 2:1-10 – Christian Standard Bible
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, 3 if you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:

See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored cornerstone,
and the one who believes in him
will never be put to shame.
7 So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
this one has become the cornerstone,
8 and
A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.
They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

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 teachers serving in our schools. Ask God to help them as they serve students. Pray that God would use these educators to make God’s love known.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
You want more of God? He has already given you the fullness of his Spirit. He has given you full salvation. He has given you full access to himself. The problem is never that we need more of God, it is always that God wants more of us. When we grow in our faith and love for God, then we give him more ready access to every part of our lives. Sure, he is strong enough to “kick down doors” and take us over by force, but he does not do that. We are able to seal off areas of our lives to him and refuse to allow him in. Of course he sees those areas, but if we don’t give him full access to them, then there will be parts of our lives where we are trying to live in our own wisdom and on our own power.

Application: Take your time. Ask God to search your heart. Are there rooms in your heart that have doors closed off to God? Are there things you are not willing to do, even if God were to ask you to? Please, give God full access to your heart. Give him full access to all of your past, your present, and your future. You are not strong enough to handle these things on your own.