Devotions for March 5, 2014

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1 Peter 1:3-9

3All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7These 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.

8You 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. 9The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Do you have “test” anxiety? Do you believe the myth, “God only gives us what we can handle”? Or do you think God brings us to moments in our life where we need to grow and learn, possibly in ways you’ve never thought of?

Q: When you are in times of struggle, where do you find your strength? In the times when you have seen the most growth in your relationship with God, what were your days like? Were they perfect? Or were they struggles?

Q: Can you identify joy without trials? Do you understand the strength of your faith, if you’ve never experienced the testing of it?

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