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1 Peter 5:6-14 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 25:4-5 Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long.
Read the Entire Psalm

God is worth waiting on. He is a capable teacher. He is a wise guide. He is God, your source of life. Pray these verses back to God. Ask Him to teach you and guide you. Proclaim Him as the God of your salvation. 

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 5:6-14 – English Standard Version
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

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 Keith as his ministry as he reaches out to athletes and coaches this semester.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
Humility is to frame every aspect of our lives. We are to clothe ourselves in humility towards others and we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. This is proactive. We are not to wait for humility to “come” or to try and “feel” humble. We are to humble ourselves. This is actionable. Do what humility does in your relationship with God and others. What does humility do in relationship to others? It puts their interests ahead of your own. What does humility do in relationship to God? It casts all your cares on him. We are not to move through life trying to “take care of ourselves,” we are to seek the good of others and we are to live trusting God to “get our backs.” This doesn’t mean we don’t do appropriate “self-care.” It doesn’t mean we are to be passive. It means we are to proactively look to the good of others over self, and we are to proactively and continually “throw” our concerns to God. Seeking to “feel” humble is a waste of time. It often means we are confusing insecurity with humility. You can be very confident and humble at the same time. You can be proud and insecure at the same time. Do what humility does. Love people, trust God.