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Submission, Trust, Resist

August 13, 2016

 

1 Peter 5:5-11

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Yesterday I was talking with one my brothers in our ministry, one of the things we were talking about was pride. We were sharing some personal stories on how real and present our pride is in our lives. How nasty it is, how blind we were before we were saved, and how real and constantly present it is to us now.

Overcoming pride is a life long battle, however we can work daily to improve in this horrible area of sin.

 

There are three big points in the above passage I want to focus on amongst the many nuggets of gold here.

The first is Submission.

What a powerful word, that honestly probably sends a chill down some of our bodies. Why is submission to certain people, ideas, and thoughts so darn difficult for us?

Pride, my brothers, pride.

In order to grow in our walk with Jesus Christ we have to learn how to submit. In detail that may look very different for me and you. However at the root of it all its the same. Those above us in authority, those dear to us in love is a great place to start.

Think about your life and where you really struggle to submit. Who that person is, what idea or concept is pushing you away from submission. Men line it up next to the Word of God, if it aligns then just stop it. Give it up men. Lets stop being foolish prideful men that are not willing to submit. We will not grow, God will resist us, grace will not flow, period!

Secondly, Trust Him men!

Verse 7 says to cast all your cares on Him, that means trust Him in all things. We don’t submit for a number of reasons. The root of it is we don’t trust God. We don’t trust that God has our best interest so we try to fix things, manipulate things to fit into our boxes of success and comfort. Stop. Just stop it. When we do this we act like foolish teenagers that only want their way no matter the consequences.

Last, Resist sin.

That roaring lion is no joke men. However some of us are doing such a good job, that lion, the devil does even need to mess with us. We are doing such a good job at failing in our pride and sin that he continues on looking for a better challenge.

Make small changes men, start putting Christ first in your life. Start you day with Him. In the Word and in prayer. Try to be thoughtful through the day for your wife and family. Serving them, serving others in all you do. Putting others before yourself. Put good things into your ears, eyes and brain. Stop with the music and entertainment that does not edify your mind, soul and spirit. Then ending your day with some time in the Word and in prayer. Start small but write out a plan. Check it off each time, each day, stick to it. Make it a routine.

Praying for all of you.

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