To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5: 11

As we continue our study of the Epistle called First Peter, we hear the Apostle writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit offering words of encouragement to all followers of Christ Jesus.

He has told them if they were going through a negative situation, something causing them anxiety, they are not to worry about it. He said,  ‘cast all of your anxiety on Christ, the Chief Shepherd, because He cares for you.” ( 5:7)  The Lord does not want us mired in worry.
  He explained to them that it is the enemy, the devil, ‘trying’ to find someone to devour that is creating the issue – but he has no power over them if they “Stand firm in the faith”.  The enemy will move on when he sees it is a lost cause at this point.  How long will the enemy try?  I do not know.  But this I can tell you from past experiences,  if we have doubts or do not understand the finished work of Christ and His power, the enemy sees that and will keep trying because he will be looking for our weak spot.  So we must stand firm in our faith.
  We do not have to have a great faith; we just have to believe in our Great Savior who is the Author, and Perfecter of our faith.  Our faith is perfect when we stand in faith in Christ Jesus. He gave it to us.  He perfected it. He will exercise it.
The Apostle Paul told us that we have the armor of God to protect us as well as we stand firm in the faith.  He said, “put on the full armor of God, and Stand firm against the devil’s schemes”. Ephesians 6:11.  When we put on the armor of God, we put on Christ Jesus.  He is the belt of truth, our breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, our shield of faith, our helmet of salvation, and our sword of the spirit which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6: 12-17. Paul goes on to tell us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions”.  Ephesians 6:18.
 When we stand in faith in the full armor of God, –  praying to our Father in the Spirit, victory is ours – every time the enemy tries.
We pick up at verse 10 of chapter 5 as Peter writes:  “And the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power forever, and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 5: 10-11
Peter is telling us we walk in grace – have no fear.  Have no anxiety.  Have no worry.  Know who you are.  When Father God called us and we said yes to His call; Jesus entered our soul and we became His child as the Holy Spirit gave birth to our spirit   He will forever be there for us as any loving parent would be there for their child.  He will never leave us or forsake us.
He did not say we would never have to face the enemy, and his schemes, but He did assure us He would be with us and restore anything that might have been stolen.  Not only that, He said He would make us strong, firm and steadfast.
In other words, when we stand firm in Christ Jesus, we win.  He fights the battle, we just ‘show up’, and watch Him do it.
“The Lord says, ‘You will not have to fight the battle for the battle is not yours.  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  Take up your position and see the deliverance of the Lord.” 2nd Chronicles 20: 15-17.
It is because of our faith in Him.  It is because we choose to ‘stand in faith’ instead of falling down in despair. It is because we look to Him to be the power to deliver us and keep us that He makes us grow stronger, and more firm, and more steadfast.  He grows that muscle of faith within to a new level.   “To Him be the power forever, and ever.”  Amen.
Have a wonderful day, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.  You are a greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved child of God. It does not get any better than that.
Let us love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength.  Let us love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
I love you.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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