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1 Peter 4:12-19 Devotional – 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 147:1-6
Hallelujah! How good it is to sing to our God,
for praise is pleasant and lovely.
2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
he gathers Israel’s exiled people.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars;
he gives names to all of them.
5 Our Lord is great, vast in power;
his understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord helps the oppressed
but brings the wicked to the ground.
Read the entire Psalm

Reflect on these three descriptions of God – He is great, vast in power, and infinite in understanding. Who can compare with Him? Give thanks that this great, powerful, and wise God has revealed Himself to you.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 4:12-19 – New International Version
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

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 the team serving in Thailand. They arrived yesterday and will begin serving today. Pray they would have stamina for the day’s activities.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
Are you sometimes afraid of questions? It could be your own questions, or it could be the questions of others. What is it about certain questions that unnerves or bothers you? Perhaps you are afraid that someone will ask a question that will “undo” all you have believed. Perhaps there is some well-kept secret lurking out there that will undermine the entire Christian faith. Perhaps you just struggle with some doubts at times about certain parts of your faith. Whatever it is that causes you to be afraid of questions or doubts, it probably doesn’t help for me to say, “don’t be afraid.” So, I won’t say that. I will simply say that there is nothing lurking out there in the shadows that will suddenly prove your faith to be a lie. Christ lived, Christ was crucified, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. This is true, it is real. As real as air and gravity. I could say “more” real, but that makes no sense because something is either real or it isn’t. But by “more” real, I would mean that it is a higher, more permanent truth than the physical truths of our existence. When you have doubts, this is normal. However, you should doubt your doubts because they are not true. You should believe what you believe, when your beliefs align with Scripture, because they are true. You should not fear your own questions as long as you ask them with humility and faith. You should not fear the questions of others; truth does not depend on your ability to defend it. The gospel is true. Relax and rejoice in the truth.