by Minister Ross Adams
Good morning to all, today’s verse comes from the book of 1 Peter NIV.
1 Peter 5: 6-11
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10And 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. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
We all go through trails in this life time, but look at what Peter is telling us in these verses. He’s saying to first humble yourself. Remember when you were a child and hurting, for whatever reason. You ran to your parents or guardian, and trusted that they would make everything better, without second guessing, that is the type of humility God is speaking of, to humble ourselves and trust him with our problems as little children. He next tells us to be self-controlled, because the enemy (Satan and his helpers), are on the attack. Satan attacks when we are at our weakest moment, for he attacked Jesus during his 40 day fast, trying to entice him to eat. Then Peter goes on to let us know, that there is nothing new under the sun, and that others are going through the same suffering, so you are not alone in your fight. He finish it up with letting us know that God is with us and that our suffering is only for a little while and he will restore you, so just stay steadfast, because God will get the glory, for all power belongs to him forever and ever. Amen.
In verses 10 and 11 think of making bread; you have a lot of different ingredients that go in it. You have eggs, milk, flour, yeast and so on. Then you mix it up, you mold and shape the dough, then it is put in the oven. Now also think about Shadrach, Meshach and Abedngo, when King Nebuchadnezzar had them placed in the fire because they would not bow down to his god. While three were placed in the fire, the King looked and saw another talking to those three in the fire, (Christ), after which he asked them to come out. Then he acknowledges and said surely your God is God above all, giving God all the praise and Glory. Now take that bread again, after you shape it and mold it, it must go in the fire, before it can rise. God allows us to go through the fire to raise us up, and become his finished product, and know that Christ is with us all the way. You just know, that once you come out of that fire, that you are now bread instead of dough, and food for the rest of God children to feed off of, to give substance and to sustain life.
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can at this moment confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead. With this action, you are saved! Be sure to read your bible, get connected to a fellowship of believers in and followers of Christ so that you may grow in knowledge of and in relationship with our Lord. If you desire, please contact me directly, as I am willing to assist you in any way that I can.
Ross H. Adams