Posts from 1 Peter: Resisting and Restoration

Posts from 1 Peter: Resisting and Restoration Sermon Audio Here

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

We can’t resist something if we can’t recognize it as something worth standing against. Hardship isn’t often welcomed, but it does have the power to CHANGE who we are.

What Do We Hold During Hardship?

The Questions Of Suffering ~ 1 Peter 4:12-14

  • v12 Suffering is NOT strange; it’s status quo (like it or not); what are you learning through it?
  • v13 How does your suffering intersect with Christ’s?
  • v14 when it does, YOU ARE BLESSED (beatitude); Spirit rests on you like glory shining from Moses’ face: he was in God’s presence and it changed him. THAT is what happens when you suffer in Christ; He is present in your suffering
  • How is it changing you?

The Answers To Suffering ~ 1 Peter 5:6-11

  • v6 we jump to verse 6 because Peter addresses all of us here: Answer: that you are not God
  • v7 cast anxieties: not throw away, but lay them down where they can be carried (coats on the donkey’s back for Jesus): Answer: you aren’t supposed to carry your cares
  • v8 “enemy” from opponent in a lawsuit; the devil will say terrible things about you, and try to get you to believe them: Answer: DON’T Listen to the Devil; HE LIES!
  • v9 resist=stand against, not just talk; standing firm WHERE YOU ARE (we don’t need to wait for a specific circumstance or situation; Answer: we can stand and resist right here)
  • v10 restore=complete His work, set you in place, make your foundation secure and strengthen you through HIS work
  • Answer: cooperate with God’s work IN PROGRESS
  • v11 We say this as a doxology at the end of the Lord’s prayer.

Psalms 68:34-35~ Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

It means God started it, God will finish it!

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