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1 Peter Chapter 5

Happy Sunday y’all. We made it to the last chapter in 1 Peter :).  We thank God for his grace.

We looking at Chapter 5

Here we go 🙂

S – Scriptures that stood out for me

1 Peter 5:6-7 CEVUS06 : Be humble in the presence of God’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.

1 Peter 5:10-11 NLT: 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. All power to him forever! Amen.

O – Observations
O1- Don’t be a leader or Elder for personal gains or ambitions. God expects you to serve those in ur care and to do it willingly because you want to serve God.
O2 -Leaders should lead by example and not by mere words. Your followers should be able to see the words you preach reflected in your life.
O3 – God don’t like Pride. We need to be humble and submissive to one another. It’s a sign of respect/reverence for God. One of the definition of humble according to the free dictionary is to be “marked by meekness or modesty in behaviour, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.”
O4 – Being humble doesn’t mean being weak. If we continue to humble ourselves, God will lift us up at the right time.
O5 – God is always ready to help carry our burdens and cares but there is a DOING on our part which is to CAST those cares to him. To Cast according to the free dictionary is “to Throw”, “turn or direct”.  In essence God is asking us to throw or turn or direct all our cares to him. He never intended for us to carry the burdens. Whatever you are going through today remember God is ever present and He is waiting for you to make that step and throw your cares onto him. Pray and give it all to him. You might not feel the burden disappear instantly but one assurance you have is that God is in control and He never fails and He cares for you.

Pride is one of the things that stop people from casting because you think you don’t need anyone and can handle your issues yourself. Word of advice- better to humble yourself before God than God humbling you!

O6 – Devil is not sitting idle so we too can’t afford to sit idle else we will be devoured by Him. We need to be on guard at all times.
O7- Our suffering is not forever! It’s only for a little while and after we come out of it God promises to restore, support and strengthen us. To place us on a firm foundation. Be encouraged 🙂
O8 – My fav one for the day 🙂 God has ALL Power!!! There is nothing that is too powerful for him. He can handle ALL situations (yep that’s my daddy 🙂 )

A – Application
A1) Be humble and not think too highly of ourselves as we go about our day
A2) Consciously throw all our cares, burdens and worries to God today. Let’s take it to God first before we take it to Man.
A3) Remind ourselves God has all Power and can handle whatever comes our way.

P – Prayer
Dear Lord we thank you for this day and for helping us through the book of 1 Peter.  Thank you for all we have learnt. We pray you help us apply them to our lives. Help us today to be humble in our dealings and to remember to cast our cares to you because you care for us deeply. Thank you  for we know you are ALL powerful and no situation is beyond your reach. Thank you once again. We love you loads.  All this we ask in Jesus Name.  Amen.

Thanks for reading.  Enjoy the rest of your sunday basking in Gods glory and goodness 🙂

Note: Tomorrow we start with 2 Peter. I’m excited 🙂

Much love
Jumbug

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1 Peter Chapter 4

Good morning y’all we in chapter 4 2day.

The chapter is all about suffering for Christ which i am interpreting as dying to self or denying oneself earthly pleasures for the sake of Christ.

Again so much to glean from each verse so I’m gonna do a summary on the verses as opposed to SOAP

Here we go (Thank you Holyspirit for your help 🙂 all of this is possible because of you)

V 1-3 – As Christians we should be ready to suffer for God with the same attitude Jesus had when he suffered for us. Suffering shows: a) we have stopped sinning…every time we deny our selves the pleasure of sin that’s suffering and God is pleased with that. b) we have turned from pleasing ourselves to pleasing/obeying God

We need to renounce all the bad habits from our old lives….we have practiced them for too long. Its now time to be serious with the God we claim we serve

V4  – When we make the decision to start suffering for God,  we should be prepared to loose some friends esp those who are still into our old way of living. Who u choose 2 follow truly determines who u r serving; God or man.

V 7 – Warns us the end is near and we need to be prayerful.  Isn’t that so true for the world today…so much evil going on that if one is not careful, one will get sucked into the evil without even knowing. Hence the admonition in this verse 2 be serious and n sensible enough to pray

V 8 – One of my fav verses 🙂 So above all that has been said from 1-7 the key thing is we must love each other sincerely because love wipes away many sins. I’m interpreting that to mean love wipes away many offences. If we Love sincerely it will be difficult for us to keep offences. (Ponder on 1 corinthians 13 to see God’s definition of love.)

V9 – Be hospitable and don’t complain about it. Gosh I’m guilty of this 😦 I tell someone I will help them then I grumble about it later. Grumbling, murmuring and complaining cost a whole generation of the isrealites the promised land! That’s enuf said 🙂 God just ain’t a fan of murmuring, complaining or grumbling.

V 10 -11 – The gifts we have is from God and the purpose of it is for us to use it to serve others. Do this in a way that brings honor  to Jesus.  Let him be our example scripture says everywhere he went he was doing good…Jesus was about his father’s business from day one…let that be our focus.

V 12-14 – We should be happy when we suffer for Christ. Infact it shows that God’s spirit is in us. Cos people will persecute us for being different, for not conforming to the norm. Someone once told me that if I’m not being persecuted for being a christian, then I need to check myself. Probably I ave become one of the world so there is no difference, hence no need to persecute. Persecute here doesnt necessarilly mean being thrown into jail cos of God or being executed. i know that happens a lot and i admire the faith of those Christians and pray God continue to strengthen them and help them through and that their faith will not fail them. But im tryna make this practical. For most of us, we probably won’t experience that kind of persecution but there are other types such as being ridiculed, made fun of, called cruel names just cos u don’t believe in what the world believes, being overlooked for promotion or even offered a job just cos you mentioned on your CV you belong to Jesus…etc. All said and done, the end result of suffering for Christ is worth the suffering! Think about it, we will get to reign with him,seated with him, worship with him…its too much to comprehend :). This reminds me of the lyrics of one of my fave songs; “I can only imagine” by Tamela Mann. If u avnt heard it uve got to listen to it even if I say so 🙂

V 15- Suffering for doing the wrong thing doesn’t count!

16 -19 Don’t be ashamed to suffer for God…rather do it with pride knowing u belong to God.

For us to be able to endure suffering for Christ we must have total/complete faith in God cos without that it will be difficult especially if the suffering is too much. We must believe that God is good and all things are working together for our good.

We must also continue to do good even if it hurts so bad.

Dear Lord thank you once again for another opportunity to learn at your feet. Today you have shown us we need to suffer for you. I pray your HolySpirit will help us and give us the strength to endure. Father help us not be ashamed of you but give us boldness to step out and declare we belong to you without being afraid of the consequences. Help us to serve others diligently with the gifts that you have given us and help us do this without complaining, murmuring or grumbling. And when all is said and done, Lord may we reign with you for all eternity :). We love you so much. All this we ask by faith In Jesus Name.

Thanks for reading now it’s your turn 🙂

Be encouraged! All things are working out for your good.

Much love

Jumbug.