16
Feb
18

The God Of All Grace

Our God is a God of grace. He not only forgives our many sins by His grace, but His grace is so much more. He strengthens us by His grace. He changes us by His grace. He gives us faith by His grace. His grace, as the apostle Paul said, is sufficient for us. Peter wrote this as he began to conclude his first letter:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NIV)

Our Father is worthy of all of the glory, power and praise. He is the Mighty God. He lifts up the weak and sets the captive free. He does forgive us. He restores us when we are broken. He sent His Son Jesus to be our Forgiver and Leader. He has done so much for us and continues to do so. He fulfills all of His many promises. God is so good and we should praise Him for His goodness, mercy and grace. Don’t let another moment go by without thanking God for His grace today.
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15
Feb
18

Resisting The Devil

Peter said that our enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion. He’s looking for someone to devour. Christ-followers of Peter’s day were undergoing persecution and tests of their faith. This suffering was seen as a result of the devil’s prowling. Peter said to stand firm in the faith instead of abandoning it. He wrote:

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. – 1 Peter 5:9 (NIV)

Knowing that we are all in this together helps us to resist the devil and stand firm together. We have brothers and sisters around the world who are undergoing persecution for our faith and they’re not giving up. If anything, their faith is stronger. They don’t have the option of complacency. The enemy is on the prowl and things will only get worse for Christians before Christ returns. What will you do when the enemy comes prowling around trying to devour you? Will you walk away to avoid persecution or will you stand firm in the faith knowing that Jesus is coming soon?
14
Feb
18

Our Enemy

I think that we sometimes forget that we are involved in a spiritual war. We have an enemy who is dangerous, but defeated. We must be aware that the enemy is real and powerful, but not give him more credit than he is due. Peter wrote:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

The devil is our enemy and we have to remember that. Other people are not the enemy. The apostle Paul said that we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness. The enemy is like a roaring lion on the prowl. He wants to destroy you and will do anything he can to do that. But the One who is in you is greater than the enemy. The enemy was defeated when Jesus walked out of that tomb alive. Now the enemy awaits final judgment and he is looking to take people down with him. Until the day he gets what is coming to him, we need to be aware, alert and sober minded because our enemy is real.
13
Feb
18

He Cares For You

We worry about a great many things in our lives, don’t we? We worry about our families and our kids. We worry about our bills and our budgets. We worry about our stuff. We worry about our health. We worry about so many things. Many of our worries and fears are future based. Peter said that we can take all of our worries, fears and anxieties to the Lord for a very good reason. He wrote:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

We can cast ALL of our worries on the Lord because He cares for us. We sometimes think that God doesn’t like us very much. We know that He loves us, but we aren’t sure if He likes us. Well, He does. He likes you and He cares for you. He can handle all of tomorrow’s cares as well as providing your daily bread. So don’t worry about tomorrow because God’s got it under control. Focus on loving God and loving people today.
12
Feb
18

Humble Yourself

Peter, quoting the book of Proverbs, said that God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. In light of that teaching, he wrote:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

There is no room for pride and arrogance in God’s family. Jesus was our model of humility. He left the throne room of Heaven for the manger of Bethlehem. He left the adoration of angels for the scorn of crowds. He gave up His crown of glory for a crown of thorns. He who sat upon the throne was willing to be hung on a cross. Why? It was because of His great love for the world. If Jesus emptied Himself of pride and humbled Himself to become so low, we should do the same. Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow Him. There is no sense of entitlement or privilege on a cross. There’s no demanding of one’s rights on a cross. We can only humble ourselves under God’s hand knowing that He will lift us up.
11
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us From Prison

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:15-25.

09
Feb
18

Be Humble Always

After addressing elders of the church, Peter then addressed the younger people and the church in general with a call to humility. He writes:

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

Peter called on the elders to be humble servant leaders. Those in the church need to humble themselves under their leadership for peace and harmony in the church. In fact, for true peace in the church, everyone needs to be clothed with humility. We should not think of ourselves as better than anyone else. We’re all sinners rowing the same boat. We’re all on the same team playing for the same Coach. Jesus is in charge and we need to humble ourselves before Him and toward one another. Arrogance and pride have no place in the life of a Christian and no place in the church. If we are prideful, we need to take a look at our exalted Savior and a good look at ourselves. Jesus was always humble and we should be too.




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