Devotions for December 16, 2014

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1 Peter 1:6-9

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What kind of joy overcomes trials? Why can’t happiness accomplish this?

Q: What is competing for your devotion and joy in Jesus today? How can you refocus on the hope of salvation?

Q: Who seems to be buried in trials right now, and how can you help point them in the direction of our ultimate hope in Jesus?

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