Grace of Godliness - Part 4
THE HUMILITY OF GRACE Page
V. 8 ** Now back in 1Peter, verse 8, as we humbly
cast our anxiety upon the Lord, what is to be our state of mind?
We are to "be of sober spirit" and "on the alert".
This is the third time that Peter has used this term in his letter.
To be sober [nepho] meant "to abstain from wine" and carries
the idea of not letting outside, worldly forces influence your thinking
away from obeying the Word of God.
cf. 1Peter 1:13, 4:7, Ephesians 5:18-20, Colossians 3:16
** Why do Christians have to be so seriously minded about the life that
Because "...your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring
lion, seeking someone to devour."
** What does that statement say about the intensity of Satan's desire
to master us through sin?
"...like a roaring lion" indicates that Satan is (a) ravenously
hungry, (b) intent on capturing prey.
All see - (a) Daniel 6:1-24, (b) Genesis 4:6-7
V. 9 ** Again, back in 1Peter, with such a strong adversary what
should we do to win the battle?
"...resist him, firm in your faith..." cf.James 4:7 Satan
flees when we stand firm on the Truth!
** What does Peter want us to remember about the uniqueness of our suffering?
It is not unique! Peter wrote this epistle during the time of Nero's
persecution of Christians, around 64 AD. Look at 1Peter 4:12 (Read verse),
Nero would wrap Christians in animal skins, dip them in oil and set
them ablaze to light up his garden parties, truly a "fiery ordeal".
Hebrews 11 is the hall of fame of those who trusted God "firm"
in their faith when they were called to suffer. cf. Hebrews 11:37-40
And all of this was "being accomplished by your brethren who are
in the world". It can be done!
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