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Led by the Spirit - Part 5

SUFFERING                                     Page 5
V. 5 (cont’d.)

** What does this expression (clothe yourselves) conjure up in your mind?

1) It is calling for an effective action
2) We do it to ourselves
3) It is what people will see (our adornment)
4) It should represent our hearts!

V. 6 ** Do you see the environment for our humility?

“...under the mighty hand of God...”

** When we endure suffering for the name of Christ, while maintaining a humble attitude before God almighty; what will He do for us in His time?

Amazingly, He will exalt us! cf.1Corinthians 3:8, 4:5

V. 7 ** Peter fully understands that suffering for Christ can bring with it worry and anxiety. What does he tell us to do with this emotional side of our suffering?

“...casting all your anxiety upon Him...” It is for God’s glory that we are willing to suffer, so if we begin to falter we should immediately turn to him for comfort.
cf. Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:25,31-33

** If we are faithful to do this, how do we know that our gracious God will protect us?

Because “He cares for [us]”. cf. Romans 8:31

V. 8 ** So what do we have to control during our times of suffering for the name of Christ?

Our minds! “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.” cf. 1Peter 1:13 and 4:7

** Who is our adversary is this battle for Christ’s glory?

The devil - cf. Ephesians 6:10-12

** Peter says that our adversary is “like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Is he always this obvious?

No - there are times when the enemy will attack trying to look like one of us!
cf. Acts 20:28-30, 2Corinthians 11:13-15

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