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2 Peter 1:16-21 Devotional – Day 3

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 129:1 Since my youth they have often attacked me—let Israel say—
2 since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not prevailed against me.
3 Plowmen plowed over my back; they made their furrows long.
4 The Lord is righteous; he has cut the ropes of the wicked.

5 Let all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace.
6 Let them be like grass on the rooftops, which withers before it grows up
7 and can’t even fill the hands of the reaper or the arms of the one who binds sheaves.
8 Then none who pass by will say, “May the Lord’s blessing be on you.
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”

Let all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace – This a harsh thing to pray for someone else. Let them be disgraced or be like grass that withers and disappoints. Why did the writer pray this way? One reason was because he was attacked. This was his honest expression from the place of being mistreated. He turned to God. In any circumstance, you can turn to God. He is righteous and just. He is always aware.

2 Peter 1:16-21 – New Living Translation
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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 those who do not know God. Ask God to help you see the lost people around you and have compassion for them. Ask God for opportunities to build trust. Ask God to give you opportunity to have gospel conversations.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

God used human personality and experience to give us his word. This can be mind blowing to consider. Dozens of different personalities on several continents over thousands of years were “carried along by the Holy Spirit” to give us God’s word. Now, just in case you are having a hard time with this, back up in today’s passage. Look at the words used to describe God the Father and the Lord Jesus. Majesty and Majestic. What do these words mean? They can mean sovereignty, authority, power, supremacy, dominion. God is THE majestic one; he is not A majestic one. All power, dominion, and authority are his. He is the cosmos creator and sustainer. How hard would it be for this majestic God to use humans to communicate his word to us? If we begin in the right place, with the majestic God, then believing that he used humans to give us his word isn’t really that difficult after all.