1 Peter 5:5-10
“In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[b] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
What a wonderful time spent in God’s Word last night studying through 1 Peter 5. If you weren’t able to come, here’s the cliff note version (are cliff notes even still around, or am I completely dating myself?!?) of what God spoke to us!
Peter was the disciple that tended to learn things the hard way (remember when Jesus washed the disciples feet or when Peter denied Christ three times). So when he’s writing to us here, he’s writing from a place of experience in having learned these truths from God.
We looked at these 5 points from 1 Peter 5:5-10.
1. Be humble (vs 5b-6)
The word humility, means to make low. It is the complete opposite of our human nature to be made low. But in the kingdom of God things are very different than in this world that we live in. Our God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humility means we lose our pride, but we gain God’s favor.
2. Be dependent (vs 7)
Whereas pride makes us self-reliant, humility positions us to recognize and accept our dependence upon God (Psalm 55:22).
Humility causes us to see our own weakness, and dependence causes us to recognize and rely upon God’s strength (Isaiah 41:13, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 16:8-9)
3. Be alert (vs 8)
Peter uses the image here of a hungry lion on the prowl, looking for someone to devour. Devour, means to consume, or to swallow up and the devil does this through a couple of ways. Satan uses temptation (1 John 2:15-17), deception (John 8:44), and discouragement (Psalm 73:2-3) to get to us. Be alert and don’t give him a foothold!
4. Be tenacious (vs 9)
Tenacious means tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely; not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined; persisting in existence; not easily dispelled. When we have humbled ourselves and found our strength in God, when we have learned the secret of dependence on God, and when we remain alert and on our guard against the devil, then we become tenacious…we stand our ground (James 4:7).
5. Be prepared (9b-10)
We need to be prepared. Be prepared for the persecution that will come to us as Christians (2 Timothy 3:12).
6. Be assured (vs 10)
God promises to:
A. Restore us – To bring us to wholeness, lacking nothing, complete us in every way.
B. Support us – the idea here is to make us firm. Rather than being uncertain and weak, we will be resolute and determined in our faith.
C. Strengthen us – He will use the difficulties to make us stronger, to enable us to face anything He allows to come our way.
D. Place us on a Firm Foundation- the picture the Greek paints for us here is of a foundation that is not shaky but has settled and is firmly founded.
God is so good to give us reminders over and OVER and OVER again of the fact that our strength can be found in HIM! Why do we keep trying to do things on our own, girls, when we have a God who is completely in love with us and who WANTS to take our burdens!!
1 Peter 5:5-10