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1 Peter 4:12-19 Devotional – Day 4

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 20:6-9 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories from his right hand.
7 Some take pride in chariots, and others in horses, but we take pride in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand firm. 9 Lord, give victory to the king!
May he answer us on the day that we call.
Read the Entire Psalm

The Lord Gives Victory – Don’t take this phrase out of context and think the Lord will give me any  victory. It is my right to claim victory in any circumstance. Instead meditate for a moment on just the phrase – The Lord Gives. What God could be like our God that He is willing to give? What have we done for Him to deserve His generosity? How do we increase or improve His existence? Is there any reason He should give except for His benevolence and generosity? Our choice to sin is like a slap in the face to Him, yet He gave His only son. He gave and He still gives. Thank Him for His generosity.

SCRIPTURE READING:
1 Peter 4:12-19 – The Message
12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

14-16 If you’re abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It’s the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. If they’re on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that’s a different matter. But if it’s because you’re a Christian, don’t give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!

17-19 It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!

If good people barely make it,
What’s in store for the bad?

So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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. Students will be returning to campus in a month. Ask God to help us as a church be faithful with our opportunity to invest in the next generation.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Why are we so sensitive to insults? Why is being mocked, made fun of, dismissed, or criticized such a fearful thing? Certain people and certain ages are more or less susceptible to this, but no one is ever fully free from the power of the opinions of others. The goal is not to try and become people who don’t care what others think. Love always cares what others think. The goal is to care more about what God thinks than what others do. Love for God precedes and empowers love for others. When we care first and most about what God “thinks” of us, we will be positioned to find the balance between caring about people and their opinions without being shaped by them in ways that take us away from faithfulness. Peter wrote that to be insulted for the name of Christ is to be blessed. It doesn’t always feel like a blessing, but Peter didn’t write that you will “feel” blessed. He said that you “are” blessed. Insults, or any form of suffering for Christ is, in fact, a blessing. Whether you feel it or not, this is a fact. Feel what you feel, believe what is real.