For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23


A Christian’s appetite for the Word of God must be as voracious as a newborn baby’s craving for milk. A baby’s mouth snaps and its head jerks around the moment it senses nourishment is near. Similarly, baby birds open their mouths wide when their mothers return to the nest with food. The young of all species have an insatiable craving for food.

God’s Word is imperishable seed, the living and enduring Word of God. Nothing in this world will last, “but the word of the Lord will last forever” (1 Peter 1:25). God’s eternal Word is the diet of the human spirit. It changes us, enabling us to rid ourselves of “all malicious behavior and deceit” (2:1).

Peter’s admonition is that like newborn babies, we are to crave spiritual milk so we may grow up in our salvation (2:2). A baby drinking from a bottle is cute, but an adult drinking from a bottle is definitely not cute! We’ve got to grow up in Christ. David said, “How I delight in your commands! How I love them!” (Psalm 119:47). Love for God and His commands will cause us to hunger for the Word of God that will mature us.

Make God’s Word your staple. Crave it, love it, and feed on it. You will find yourself growing into a new person!


Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? – 1 Peter 3:13

Daniel and his friends were men of integrity. Captured by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Daniel and three others from Judah’s royal family were ordered to live in the king’s palace for a three-year training period. Early on they resolved not to defile themselves with the royal food and wine offered by the king’s servants (Daniel 1:8). Everything about these young men testified of the good, wholesome will of God in their lives. Then came the time for their testing.

Satan did everything he could to destroy them and their influence with the king. It seemed as though their doom was sealed until Daniel spoke to the captain of the guard with “wisdom and discretion” (2:14). His wise words won him and his friends a stay of execution. Later that night the Lord revealed the king’s disturbing dream to Daniel. As a result, instead of being harmed, Daniel and his friends were promoted!

When you come under persecution, be certain you are pursuing God’s good will with all your heart. He will give you the favor you need with whoever is responsible. “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12).

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