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
1 Hallelujah! Give praise, servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be blessed both now and forever.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the Lord be praised.
4 The Lord is exalted above all the nations, his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God— the one enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the trash heap 8 in order to seat them with nobles— with the nobles of his people. 9 He gives the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!
Who is like the Lord? Look at what this Psalm says that the Lord does. He looks down on the earth. He raises the poor and lifts the needy. He gives people children. Is there anyone like the Lord? Anyone who can do these things? He does not do these things because He must but because He is good and merciful. Take a moment and praise Him..
1 Peter 3:1-7 – English Standard Version
Wives and Husbands
3 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Having God’s Ear through Prayer
- Give thanks to God for His gifts and His goodness.
- 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 CAYM (Christian Association of Youth Mentors). Ask God to use their ministry to equip mentors to guide and care for kids at-risk.
Living as God’s People by applying the Bible
Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
Peter’s admonition to “adorn your hearts not your physical bodies” has wider application than just to wives. Of course, he wasn’t concerned with whether wives wear jewelry or arrange their hair according to fashion. He was concerned that they pay close attention to their hearts. He wrote, “…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” This imperishable beauty is precious to God when found in any heart, not just in the heart of a wife. We must all seek to focus on the “hidden person of the heart.” There are many beautiful women, or handsome men, whose physical attractiveness is not matched by a beautiful heart. All externals are fading and passing. This creates a desperation in people who try to hold off the inevitable through surgery and other temporary measures. Whether a person has cosmetic surgery or not is not the point. The point is that we can and we must pay attention to our hearts. Our bodies, over time, are growing old. Our hearts, in Christ, are growing young.
“So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
Application: As you prepare your physical body for the day…putting on clothes, brushing your teeth and hair and whatever else your daily patterns are…talk to God about your heart. Ask him to renew you there today. Ask him to conform your heart to the image of Christ.