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Next Generation Devo – 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 8:1-4 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Read the entire Psalm

The Lord is majestic. He shows impressive beauty and dignity. God’s creation is majestic. By his will he formed majestic mountains, raging rivers, and vast galaxies. All of creation had its beginning from God. He is the truly majestic one. As you prepare to read his word. Consider the vast universe and remember that he is mindful of you.

Scripture Reading
Joshua 24:14-18 – New International Version
14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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. Ask God to encourage her, guide her, and help her as she serve overseas.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
God’s plan is to place people in local churches. If you consider yourself a Christian but are not actively and fully involved in a local church, then you are either confused or in open rebellion to God. The church is called a family and a body in the New Testament. We are members of that family or body. If a family member becomes disengaged from the family, then both the member and family suffer. If a body part were to become dismembered, then the body suffers and the body part dies. In an age of “me-ism” and personalized, individualized faith, the New Testament speaks clearly. It is not about us and our personal needs. We exist for the glory of God and the good of others. The pursuit of personal happiness apart from God’s glory and the good of others never works. This is the pursuit of folly and will only make us miserable. God has designed the church because of his wisdom and love for us. It is a perfect design, though it is not perfect in practice. Because it is not perfect in practice, some people toss it aside as an imperfect design. This is an affront to God. He knows the imperfections of the church better than any of us, and he loves the church much more than any of us can imagine. Perhaps you are deeply committed to our church, and you feel like I am “preaching to the choir.” I want to remind you that my goal in these devotions is rarely to tell you what you don’t know, but most often I hope to remind you of what is most important. Love the church. Christ does.