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 4:6-8 Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?” Let the light of your face shine on us, Lord. 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound.
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.
Read the entire Psalm
The Psalmist here looks to God for goodness, for joy, for peaceful sleep and for safety. God is the one who makes these things a reality. Ask Him to let his goodness, the light of his face, shine on you so that others would see his goodness.
1 Peter 2:9-12 – The Message
9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
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11-12 Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life in your neighborhood so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
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
My 9-year-old grandson recently said to me, “It’s hard to believe that it is real.” He was not professing atheism or even agnosticism, he was just being honest. He does believe that God is real and that the gospel is true, but he was admitting that at the same time it is hard to believe. Why is this? Is it because it is unbelievable, or because we are so limited in our capacity to imagine God’s eternal nature and divine power? The atheist has even more trouble with his belief system. Since God does exist, and he has made the atheist and the world he inhabits, everything conspires against the atheist’s unbelief. His own body, the sky, the sea, a baby, all cry out that atheism is not true. His desire for meaning, his feelings of love, his appreciation of music and art… all around him, the evidence is there before him, supporting what he believes is unreal. We are limited, to the extreme. We occupy a very small amount of space and time, and our capacity to understand reality is tiny to the point of being insignificant. If God had not revealed himself to us, we would be as hopelessly lost as specks in the vast cosmos. My grandson was saying what the desperate man said to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief!” The unbeliever says, “I do not believe,” but his own heart and the world he inhabits will not confirm his unbelief.
Application: Give thanks to God that he has made himself known to you. Give thanks to him because it is his mercy, not your wisdom, that led you to faith in him.