For personal devotion + study:
Monday: Praise be to….
This week we are going to meditate upon 1 Peter:3-9.
“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.“
Take a moment to practice the discipline of praising God. Praising God for His mercy. Praising God for the gift of a new life. Praising Him for an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade.
Tuesday: Shielded by Gods power.
This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s poweruntil the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Meditate upon what God has shielded you from.
Wednesday: rejoicing while suffering…
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
The words “rejoice” means find joy. What would it mean for you to find joy in the trials you currently are facing?
Thursday: suffering as a means of proving genuineness.
7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Reflect upon your journey, how have trials and challenges worked to produce character in you and more sincerity in your faith?
Friday: loving God even though you do not see Him.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
How is your love for God at the moment? What could you do to foster a love for Him?
Saturday: faith and fruitfulness…
9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
How precious to you is your salvation? What does it mean to you that you have been saved?