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1 Peter 4:1-11 Devotional – Day 2

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 20:1-5 1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
Read the Entire Psalm

May the Lord… One of the things I see in this Psalm is the repeated pattern of the speaker bringing their requests to God on behalf of someone else. The speaker is not praying for himself, he is praying for another. It is a wonderful gift to know that God hears us. It is a wonderful gift to know that in the church we have others bringing our requests to God. Praise God that He hears. Thank Him for those who pray on your behalf. If you are part of the family of Christ, you are not alone.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 4:1-11 – English Standard Version
4 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.

7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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 FCA. Ask God to guide and encourage Keith as he prepares for the semester. Pray that he could build trust with coaches and establish relationships with athletes and point them to Christ.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Before you ask, “Who would want to go back to all that stuff?” ask yourself, what do I “go back to?” Do you go back to jealousy? How about pride? Anger, pettiness, fear? We all have some Israel in us. We all find ourselves wanting to go back to Egypt. Why would we leave the freedom of the will of God for the bondage of the old life? Partly because freedom is not easy to live in and bondage, though a terrible life, is “easy.” Sin is not easy in its consequences, but it is easy as in “no effort.” Sanctification is like a climb; sin is a fall. Training for godliness is climbing the hill; going back to the old life in all its forms is falling off a ledge. Sin is easy/bad. Training to become like Christ is hard/good. We are often more likely to fall into the patterns of the old life if we become lazy, more so than if we are tested. To be sure, testing can be a difficult challenge, but it is also a time when we are prone to be more alert. Normal life can lull us to sleep. Normal life can make us lazy. We fail to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ if we believe we are not in any danger. This mentality is the greatest danger.