God takes every aspect of our experiences, even our suffering, and brings each part together for our good and His glory!
Our hope lies not in political influence, financial might, or military power. We rely on the God of all grace.
Be alert, be vigilant, and be watchful.
When we humble ourselves before God and one another, we can enter a position of security and rest.
The essence of pride involves taking the place of God in our lives.
Pride is the enemy of a servant spirit. All believers should clothe themselves with humility.
The crown of glory represented God’s ultimate acknowledgement, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21).
Yesterday we started a list of four things, found in 1 Peter 5: 1-5, that must motivate a pastor/shepherd. First, these churches were God’s flock. Second, pastors serve not out of compulsion but willingly. Third, pastors should care for the church by serving as examples to the flock. Notice, Peter used the word overseeing. This is a verb form of the word [...]
The good pastor/elder/shepherd does not find his motivation in the money he makes, but in the joy of serving.
Peter not only witnessed the pain of the cross; he also saw the glory of the resurrection. Jesus suffered and died, but He also rose from the grave and ascended to heaven.
Peter also saw himself as a participant of Christ’s sufferings. He had faced persecution, arrest, and rejection because of his faith.
Suffering tends to force our focus inward. Centering our attention on our problems magnifies the trouble and makes healing more difficult.
Peter encouraged believers who suffer according to God’s will to entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.
Christians who suffer for following Jesus should not be ashamed, but should glorify God by bearing that name—Christian.
People who experience suffering may be tempted to yield to their pain. Instead of following Christ’s pattern, they sometimes express anguish in sinful ways. Hurting people may fail to recognize that they are causing themselves more pain as they come under God’s chastening hand. Because all people face God’s judgment, we should live in a way that honors Him, even during difficult [...]
We can live joyously even as we anticipate suffering for Christ’s sake because we do not face opposition alone. Christ sent His Holy Spirit to live within each believer.