Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th October 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th October 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th October 2022


Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20 October 2022 Written BY BY BRAD BAURAIN (Moody Bible Institute)


SCRIPTURE:  1 Peter 4:12–19

KEY VERSE: If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 1 PETER 4:16


Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, was a second-century martyr for Christ. When the old man was brought to the arena, the Roman proconsul urged him to worship Caesar and curse Christ. Polycarp replied, “Eighty- six years I have served him, and he never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”

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Polycarp understood the privilege of participating in Christ’s sufferings (v. 13). Suffering has been a major theme in Peter’s letter (1:6–7). The phrase “fiery ordeal” might indicate that Nero’s persecutions had begun. For Christians to suffer is normal. The world tends to persecute the church because we are members of two opposing kingdoms. Another reason for suffering is that God can use it to test and refine us (v. 12).

Our response should be joy (v. 13). What does it mean to “participate” in Christ’s sufferings? It does not mean our sufferings play any role in redemption. Rather, it means we suffer while spreading the gospel. Christ suffered to create the gospel; we suffer to proclaim it. “Participate” thus indicates we suffer for the same basic reason as our Lord. This is definitely reason to rejoice! And we’ll be even more joyful when He returns and our redemption is fully realized.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th October 2022

This doesn’t apply to ordinary suffering (vv. 15–16). Sometimes we simply reap the consequences of our sinful actions. But when we suffer for Christ, we’re actually blessed (v. 14). The gospel reverses things—the last shall be first, servants are honored, and suffering can be a blessing.

For unbelievers, suffering can be punitive (God’s judgment) and terrifying (vv. 17–18). For believers, however, suffering can be a call to “commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (v. 19).

>> There are many places in our world where Christians are facing severe suffering; the believers in Ukraine are just one example. We encourage you to join us as we pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ today.

Pray with Us

Heavenly Father, we ask for Your protection, strength, and wisdom for our brothers and sisters suffering in Ukraine and around the world. Give them the hope to endure and thus glorify Your name.

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Dr. Bradley Baurain is Associate Professor and Program Head of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Moody Bible Institute. Bradley has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has just published his first book, On Waiting Well. Bradley taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Bradley and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Northwest Indiana.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th October 2022



Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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