Daily Scripture

From Handbook to Scripture, Day 341

READING: 1 PETER 1

First Peter gives us a divine perspective on living as aliens and strangers in a world that is increasingly hostile to the gospel of Christ. Each of its five chapters alludes to suffering as a very real part of the Christian experience. This letter provides us with counsel and comfort in times of adversity and affliction by pointing us to the living hope we have in our relationship with Christ.

This epistle presents the grace of God in our salvation and uses this as the foundation for an attitude of submission in the context of suffering for Christ’s sake. It begins with a portrait of salvation in terms of the believer’s future hope of an imperishable inheritance (1:3–5), the joy that is available in spite of present trials (1:6–9), and the predictions of this salvation in the past (1:10–12).

Prayer: Lord, I bless You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to Your great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an imperishable inheritance.

Meditation passage: verses 3–5, 8–9, 13, 22–23

Daily Prayer

From Transforming Prayers, vol. 2

The Uniqueness of the Gospel

Dear Father, when I consider all the systems that men have developed since time immemorial to find ways of controlling the events of this life and of meriting a better destiny in the next life, I marvel at the uniqueness of Christianity. In other religions, people are the ones who offer sacrifices and good works to their god or gods. In Your Word, You reveal that You are the one who made the sacrifice of Your Son for us. In other religions, people are portrayed as good enough to earn their way to the ultimate. In the Bible, You reveal that all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory. Jesus Christ is the only true Savior the world has ever known; and as the sinless Passover Lamb, He alone can take away the sins of the world. I take refuge in Him and though I have not yet seen Him, I love Him.

Daily Encouragement

From Handbook to Renewal

My Relationship to God—Humility

Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)

Who makes me different from anyone else? And what do I have that I did not receive? And if I did receive it, why I should I boast as though I had not received it? (1 Corinthians 4:7)

Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)

I do not dare to classify or compare myself with other people, for it is unwise to measure or compare myself with others. I will not boast beyond proper limits but within the sphere of the gospel of Christ. “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but

the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:12–14, 17–18)

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)

Weekly Verse

From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and the World > Relationship with the world system (world, flesh, and devil)

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)