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1 John 2:28-3:10 Devotional – Day 5

By October 27, 2023Daily Devotional

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 87
On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2 the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3 Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God. Selah
4 Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush—“This one was born there,” they say.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”;
for the Most High himself will establish her.
6 The Lord records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah
7 Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

Verse 6 The Lord records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Think about God being aware of every birth on the earth for all of time. He knows and sees everyone. He always has. He always will. How many people do you know? 50? 100? 200? You may know more than 200 but at every moment of every day for all of time, God is aware of each soul. Praise Him for His intimate knowledge of every human being. Pour out your heart to Him for He is a God who knows you.

SCRIPTURE READING:
1 John 2:28-3:10 – Christian Standard Bible
28 So now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

3 See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.

4 Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Everyone who remains in him does not sin; everyone who sins has not seen him or known him.

7 Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. 9 Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because his seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, 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 Treat Street on Sunday. Ask God to use that event to be a blessing to kids and their families at River. Pray that the through this event the River Youth would be inspired to continue to give their lives away for the good of others.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

John invites us to look forward through the gospel telescope and see the second coming of Christ. Not to speculate, but to be inspired to live a holy life. When I was a boy, the thought of the return of my dad from a business trip would “inspire” me to obey my mom. You could say I feared my dad, and you would be right. You could say I adored my dad, and you would also be right. Fear and adoration are not always contradictory; they are often complementary. John writes that the fact of the Lord’s future return ought to motivate us to holy living. This motivation is fear and adoration. It is to be borne of love and worship. John also writes that we are to look back at Christ’s first advent and understand why he came. He came to destroy the devil’s work, to break the back of sin. This should also motivate us to hate sin and avoid embracing it. Holiness originates in Christ; sin originates in the twisted heart of Satan. Look forward, look backwards…see Jesus both ways. Now, look around you and look inside you…see what you see through the lens of the gospel.