“Rx For Relief”

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Christian Life, First Peter, Gospel, Salvation

1 Peter 5:5-8

“The world’s strategy to climb the ladder of success is simple: Work hard, get ahead, don’t let anything get in your way, and promote yourself. The goal is to make it to the top. It doesn’t matter who you step on along the way. And it doesn’t matter who you leave behind, even if it’s your family or your friends. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, they tell you, and the puppies don’t make it.” – C. R. Swindoll. But what are God’s instructions for hurting believers and those who want to be successful in His eyes?

Submit Yourself. This is a word many people dislike (1 Peter 5:5). But it conveys the idea of putting yourself at the disposal of another so as to receive benefits from him. There is a natural tendency on our part to resist any and all forms of authority (See Isaiah 14:13, 14). “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It’s our natural disposition to act independently of God and of others. But Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Whether we want to admit it or not, all unbelievers either serve themselves and their passions and/or Satan (Romans 6:16-23; Ephesians 2:2, 3). Most unbelievers are unaware of the fact that the devil lulls his children to sleep so they sense no impending dangers (1 John 5:19). They act as enemies of God (Romans 5:10; James 4:4).

Born Again. But when a person is “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, he begins to participate in the Divine nature and is given new desires and power to do the will of God for his life (2 Peter 1:4; Philippians 2:13; 3:10; 4:13). When he/she is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit, he/she will be willing to submit to God and mature believers (Ephesians 5:21, 22; Hebrews 13:17) and to learn valuable lessons from them and their experiences (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Humble Yourself. This flies in the face of worldly wisdom (James 3:14-16). The proud fools like to pretend that God doesn’t exist (Psalm 10:11; 14:1). They shake their fists at God and defy Him (Psalm 2). But the moment they die, they’ll know and believe differently. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6). After all, “…what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? “The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly that he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each on a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Whatever worth/value/righteousness we have, it all came graciously from God (Romans 4:3, 16, 22-25).

Cast Your Cares. While we travel in this life we will have cares and concerns that seem overwhelming and which tend to choke us (Luke 8:14; 2 Corinthians 11:28). For this reason, God invites us as believers to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). As our High Priest He is sensitive to all our needs (Hebrews 4:14-16). The trials and hardships of life came to pass. In eternity future they won’t even come to mind (Isaiah 65:7; Revelation 21:4; Romans 8:18). But not so for the unbelievers. There will be eternal suffering and remorse for rejecting the “Light of the world,” the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior (John 8:12; 3:18, 36). When we cast our cares on the Lord we can enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). Do you have this right now? Do you know about God’s promises to Christians and are you claiming them by faith (Hebrews 4:2)?

Purpose. Our primary purpose in life is/ought to be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). When we submit to God, humble ourselves before Him and maturing believers, and cast our cares on Him and then let Him live out His life through our lives (Galatians 2:20), we will be heading in the right direction. He will be able to abide (feel at east) in our presence and we will be able to abide in His presence and bear much fruit (John 15:1-14). We will have relief from needless stress.

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