Grace to the Humble

1 Peter 5:5-11 ESV

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

We all need to be humble, for we are all flesh and blood with a propensity to sin, and it is only by the grace of God that any of us are saved from our sins and are promised eternal life with God. But being humble never means being less than who God made us to be, or regularly participating in sin so that we do not appear to be self-righteous. For we can walk in righteousness and in holiness, in walks of obedience to our Lord, and still remain humble, because we know that we are only able to obey God in the strength of the Lord.

We are also to be sober-minded and watchful. This means that we are to take God and his word seriously. We are not to take God nor his grace for granted nor to presume upon God that he must let us into his heaven regardless of how we live. But we are to surrender our lives to Jesus Christ in humble submission to him as Lord, and we are to walk in obedience to his commands (New Covenant) in walks of holiness and in righteousness. And we are to guard our hearts and minds against all evil so we can pray.

For we must also take seriously that the devil (Satan) does exist and that he is out to get us if we are following Jesus Christ with our lives. For his goal is to pull us away from our pure devotion to Christ and to get us to believe his lies instead of us believing the truth of God’s Word (in context). So we must be watchful and be on guard and be clothed in the armor of God so that we do not fall into the devil’s traps. And he uses other humans to do his dirty work, too, so we must be spiritually discerning and test what we hear.

So, we must resist Satan and his evil attacks which he will use against us, and we must not let him get to us. And we must stand firm in our walks of faith in our Lord regardless of what evil the devil plots and carries out against us, even using other humans to carry out his evil plans. For our God is still in control. He is still completely sovereign over all his creation. Satan is already defeated. And nothing is going to touch us but what God allows it, and if we are his true followers, he will see us through it all.

Now God allows us to suffer for the sake of the name of Jesus, and for the sake of the gospel of Christ, and for righteousness’ sake. And he disciplines those he loves. And all this is for our good, for the strengthening of our walks of faith and obedience to the Lord, and for our faith to continue, and for our spiritual growth and maturity, and for us to learn perseverance, and for us to learn to depend on God and not on ourselves, etc. Even though it is painful, we will learn obedience through the things that we suffer.

Now, the Lord doesn’t always immediately deliver us from all suffering when we call for help. And he doesn’t heal every physical ailment, either. Paul prayed three times for the Lord to deliver him from a thorn in the flesh, which was given to him to keep him humble, but God’s answer to him was that God’s grace was sufficient. So Paul learned that when he was weak that he was able to be strong in the strength of the Lord. And although the Lord has healed me much, he has not healed everything in my body, either.

But the Lord will teach us what we need to learn, and he will carry us through every trial, and he will help us to remain strong in faith and to not waver. And he will give us the wisdom that we need to know the right decisions to make and the right words to say if we will yield control of our lives over to him and if we will follow him wherever he leads us. And he will use us for his glory to minister his love and grace to others and to share with them the truth of God’s word when we let him do his work in our lives.

[Matt 5:10-12; Matt 10:16-25; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 6:22-23; Lu 21:12-19; Jn 15:1-21; Jn 16:33; Jn 17:14; Ac 14:22; Rom 5:3-5; Phil 3:7-11; 1 Pet 1:6-7; 1 Pet 4:12-17; 2 Tim 3:12; 1 Thess 3:1-5; Jas 1:2-4; 2 Co 1:3-11; Heb 12:3-12; 1 Jn 3:13; Rev 6:9-11; Rev 7:9-17; Rev 11:1-3; Rev 12:17; Rev 13:1-18; Rev 14:1-13]

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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