From Handbook to Scripture, Day 345
READING: 1 PETER 5
Peter exhorts the elders to serve as examples to their flocks and encourages all his readers to pursue a lifestyle of humility and hope. He reminds his readers that their brethren throughout the world were also undergoing the same kind of sufferings (5:9), and that they were not in a unique situation. Peter wanted to encourage them to submit to God and His loving purposes for their lives and to draw on His strength in the present while maintaining a clear hope of their heavenly future. Thus, the more they realize that they are strangers and aliens in the world, and that their true destiny and home is eternal glory in the presence of the Lord, the better they will be able to stand fast in the true grace of God (5:12).
Prayer: Lord, by Your grace may I clothe myself with humility toward others, and humble myself under Your mighty hand, that You may exalt me at the proper time.
Meditation passage: verses 5–11
From Simple Prayers, Day 345
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
I have blotted out your transgressions like a thick cloud,
And your sins like the morning mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. (Isaiah 44:22)
I will sing praises to the Lord
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger lasts only a moment,
But His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:4–5)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. (Psalm 85:10–11)
The Lord prayed, “I glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” (John 17:4–5)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I must do the work of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. (Proverbs 21:4)
The proud looks of man will be humbled, and the loftiness of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted. (Isaiah 2:11)
Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)
Lord, I thank You for Your lovingkindness and truth and for the complete and perfect work that Jesus accomplished in His earthly ministry. I pray that I would accomplish the work you have sent me to do, and I ask that I would avoid the folly of pride and arrogance.
Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth
LIVING IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
It is impossible for us to live the Christian life in our own power; access to the new life of God’s kingdom is through Christ Himself, and He has promised to live it in us as we walk in the power of the indwelling Spirit. We are filled with the Spirit when we turn from our own resources and allow Him to control us (Ephesians 5:18). Recall that we need both the inward filling of the Spirit for character and wisdom, and the outward filling of the Spirit for ministry and service.
How do we seek the visitation of the Spirit? While Scripture offers no step-by-step formula, the experience of the saints as well as biblical principles point to certain requisites that prepare the way:
- Admitting our weaknesses
- Surrendering our will
- Confession our disobedience
- Sanctifying our desires
- Trusting in God’s promise to fill us
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce.