Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. vs 8
Most people hear the word “sober” and instantly think of intoxication. The Bible is clear that sobriety goes beyond substances; it is a way of life. Being of a sober mind and spirit is to allow every decision you make to be filtered through an eternal lens. With eternity in view, you see the world as it is supposed to be, as God intended.
Just like an intoxicating substance, the pleasures of this earth can impair our judgement, allowing for a foothold for Satan to grab onto. Losing sight of eternity leaves us vulnerable to more of his earthly attacks, so what must we do to remain sober in mind and spirit?
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
Most scholars agree this verse refers to John Mark, the very same that abandoned Paul and Barnabas on one of their missionary journeys. Paul was so put out, he refused to travel with John Mark again. Yet, here you see him again as a protege to Peter. Paul would even later affirm John Mark (2 Timothy 4:11).
John Mark is the perfect case study for standing firm in God’s grace (1 Peter 5:9,12). At first it seems he doesn’t have what it takes when things get challenging, but the rest of the story paints a different picture. Through those challenges, along with other trials I’m sure, John Mark perseveres, grows, and bears lasting fruit, eventually writing the Gospel According to Mark.
Don’t count yourself out because you’ve stumbled here or there; get back up and stand firm in God’s grace! He has a purpose for you yet!
“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
What’s the most comforting thing you’ve thought about God recently?His Love? His Grace? His Strength? For me, this week, it was this phrase in verse 7, His Care- “He cares for you”.
Often times suffering and hardship makes us feel alone and isolated. Not just with friends, family, and other believers, but with the Lord too. The thought of the Lord’s care challenges me to think and feel differently. I could go on and on about the Lord’s care- what it looks like, what it means. Perhaps a good study and meditation for us all this Thanksgiving week.
My heart was encouraged by this simple thought: the Lord cares for me (even in the midst of suffering or hardship)- caused me to consider and cherish His attention, His affection, and His action.
Today is Thanksgiving Day…a time to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Peter tells us now that Satan is prowling around (which means secretive, sneaking up without warning, etc.) trying to steal our joy and gratitude to God. He does not want us to thank God…he doesn’t even want us to acknowledge God. Resist him…don’t allow him to distract you from giving glory to God. Our world seems to be accelerating the evil that would cause despair and hopelessness more each day.
Circumstances in our lives will seek to focus our attention away from God. God has called you and, in His time, will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. This is the true grace of God. Trust Him! Trust in the truth of His Word and the promises He has given. He is faithful. Let me close with this blessing: “Peace be to you all who are in Christ.”
“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Do spiritual characteristics – those qualities the Bible often calls “gifts” – ever show up where no suffering has occurred? Possibly – probably, even – but the consistent witness of the New Testament is that spiritual gifts are the residue of suffering. When suffering passes, gentleness – or faithfulness or patience or joy or courage or kindness or generosity or leadership or love – remains. These things increase and suffering loses its power to terrorize you. In this way, you move toward perfection, confirmation, strength, and steadfast confidence. The actual experience of suffering catalyzes the formation of the Spirit’s attributes in you. This is grace – the very word translated as “gift.”
Re:Verse passage –1 Peter 5:7-14 (day two) But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. vs. 9
Have you ever broken a bone? Had a knee replacement, or rotator cuff surgery? If you’ve ever had a traumatic experience and find someone else who has gone through something similar, you are automatically connected. You sway stories of scars and rehab. You talk about the process of healing. The same should be true for what you are experiencing in the faith. Mind you, this isn’t an opportunity to ‘one up’ each other in terms of suffering, but rather this is a chance to recognize that you are not alone. Peter has assured us that suffering is something that actually connects us. We can gain confidence as we endure trials, and perhaps, pray for others whose faces we may never see who are enduring in the same way.
Join us as Senior Pastor Chris Johnson, Associate Pastor Aaron Hufty, and Associate Pastor Bryan Richardson walk us through 1 Peter 5:7-14 in our Fall Re:Verse Series: “To Be Holy Like Jesus” A Study in 1 Peter.
… as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ. vs 1b
Peter is quick to remind us that he was with Jesus during His earthly ministry, but Peter didn’t need to spell this out so plainly for us. The very stories where we see Peter being taught by Jesus in the gospels are seen clearly as the foundation of his theology in his writings.
Gospel: Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” […] Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” John 21:17
1 Peter: … shepherd the flock of God among you. vs 2
Gospel: For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will thenrepay every man according to hisdeeds. Matthew 16:27
1 Peter: And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. vs 4
Gospel: He got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet. John 13:4-5
1 Peter: [Gird] yourselves with humility toward one another. vs 5
Peter’s everyday language was changed because of his time with Jesus. How are you different from your time with Jesus?
God is gravely concerned about the quality of your leadership. I’m writing to pastors, or any other kind of shepherding church leader. The Psalmist gets to the heart of the matter, serve the Lord with gladness!
Serving the Lord from a dutiful heart honors the self, not God; it exalts the human will, not a magnificent and glorious God.
BUT a glad heart rejoices and delights in God. The overflow of a heart like that can’t help but lead a shepherd to gladly give himself away in service to others.
Re:Verse passage –1 Peter 5:1-6 (day five) “For God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Humility is not a topic that is often talked about in the media and in public forums. In this day of self discovery and self promotion, humility runs directly opposed (as does God) to these concepts.I think Peter helps define humility for us in this one verse. He does it by a negative definition- being proud, and a positive definition – the humble receiving grace. As presented in this verse, pride is the opposite of humility (God opposes pride- the proud). I remember hearing a little saying that helped define pride- “the center of pride is I ”. Pride becomes all about me- my gifts, my abilities, my talents, etc.
Humility is exactly the opposite. Pride come full of my actions, attitudes, and accomplishments. Humility come with none of that. Humility comes with a confession of emptiness and dependency- the Lord’s strength, His help, His presence. We don’t earn grace because of who we are or what we’ve done (pride). We receive (are in need- humble) God’s grace because He is a generous creator, sustainer, and redeemer!!