Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

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.
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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.

08
Feb
18

The Chief Shepherd

Peter encourages elders to be shepherds over God’s flock who lead well. They are to lead like Jesus, whom Peter describes as the Chief Shepherd. This is what Peter wrote:

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. – 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)

There is a reward for elders who lead well. Being an elder for a congregation is a tough job. The New Testament says that elders who teach will be judged more strictly. This is why the Scriptures say that an elder is worthy of double honor. Elders are to reflect the leadership of Jesus. He was humble. He had the heart of a servant, even though He was Lord of all. If anyone could have lorded His leadership over everyone, it was Jesus. Yet He didn’t. He served people instead of subjugating them. He sacrificed for people instead of demanding that they serve Him. The elders of a congregation need to look like the Chief Shepherd so that when He returns they will receive the reward that is due them.
06
Feb
18

Continue To Do Good

In 1 Peter 4, the Apostle Peter talks about those who suffer persecution for following Jesus. Persecution is inevitable. God, Peter says, will have the final say when He judges the world. God is able to use our suffering for good. He grows our faith in Christ through participation in His sufferings. Instead of retaliating, we should do something else. Peter wrote:

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. – 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

We should continue to do good. If you suffer for your faith, don’t throw in the towel. If you suffer persecution for Jesus, don’t give up. Keep your eyes on Him and continue to do good. Let God have the final say as you continue to do good. Continue to love your neighbor and your enemy. Continue to serve the poor and needy. Continue to pray for those who persecute you and forgive them. This is how we continue to do good and look more like our Leader, Jesus.
04
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us To Receive The Promise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:1-14.




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