Living in Humility!

Tuesday, May 10
Text: 1 Peter 5:1-14 (NLT)
Advice for Elders and Young Men
5 And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
5 In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for
“God opposes the proud
    but favors the humble.”
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
10 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. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.
Peter’s Final Greetings
12 I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.
13 Your sister church here in Babylon sends you greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet each other with Christian love.
Peace be with all of you who are in Christ.

Question 3: Is there any command for me to obey?

Topic: Living in humility!

Peter ends his letter by focusing on some specific characteristics and attitudes required of:

1. Christian Leaders: Good and effective leaders care for their members willingly and eagerly. They ensure that their lifestyle set good patterns for their followers. There are certain characteristics they should avoid. Make a list of these from vs.2-3. There is good reward for their labour (see vs. 1,4).

2. Young people: All who are not in leadership position need to note Peter's counsel in v.5. The lack of submission to authority and pride have led many immature Christians to start their own mini-denominations and Christian fellowships. By failing to learn from elders, they fail to grow. Unfortunately, many leaders provoke these rebellions by acting contrary to Peter's advice in v.3a.

3. All Christians: Our battle with the devil is a daily affair (v.9). The weapons he uses against us include anxiety (v.7), lack of self-control (v.8), doubt (v.9a) and persecution (v.9b). His aim is to make us ineffective Christians. There are some specific things we must do to resist him (vs.7-9a) and God will faithfully play His part (vs. 76,10).

Prayer: May your victory, dear Lord, be my daily experience in my battle against the devil.
Further Prayers
Kept by the Power of Gd
And being fully assured that what God had promised, He also is able to perform. Romans 4:21
Thank God for:
• The power and grace of God that has help us to this point.
• The Mercy of God that has protected us from the harm of this world. 
Pray for:
• Our endurance so we will obtain the inheritance that is imperishable from our God.
• The revelation of the effect of the power of God in protecting us from all the plans of the devil.
• Faith to stand up to the challenges of life knowing that our great God has the final say.
Pray against:
• Our loosing our protection and making the power of God ineffective in our lives due to sin.
• Allowing temptations, sufferings and confusion to make us question the power of God.

1Sanuel 13, 14, Matt. 1

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