Category Archives: 1 Peter

Devotionals from the book of 1 Peter

Devotional: ‘Clothe Yourselves with Humility’

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1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

As we bring our study of 1 Peter to a close, let me point out some of the important principles Peter gives us that will enable us to stay strong during times of persecution.

Humility Before Others

Peter tells us that whereas God will bless and give grace to those who are humble. He Himself will stand in opposition to those who are proud. James says the same thing in James 4:6. Therefore it is very important that we as God’s people always maintain a spirit of humility. Whether it is to the leaders God has set over us, or to the saints He would have sitting around us, Christ-likeness is seen in our humility. Peter tells us to clothe ourselves in humility. Put humility on like a garment. Consider for a moment the humility of our Savior –

John 13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Dependence Upon God

1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

One of the great ways we demonstrate our humility before God is by kneeling before Him in prayer.

Steadfastness Against the Devil

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Peter knew from personal experience who it was that was behind the persecution. It was Satan. No doubt Peter remembered the words spoken to him by His Savior. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat…” (Luke 22:31)

Satan will do everything he can to keep us from following Christ. Therefore we must always keep in mind that Satan is a defeated foe. I close our study with these final words from our brother Peter. 1 Peter 5: 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Devotional: ‘Feed My Sheep’

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1 Peter 5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you…

One of the blessings God has provided to help us stay strong during difficult times is the local church. The necessity for believers to be regularly involved in a local church is not something men have devised or developed. It has always been a part of God’s plan for caring for His people. Notice what happened immediately after the Day of Pentecost –

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…

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Devotional: ‘Judgment Must Begin With the Church’

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1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that there is a day of judgment coming for the world. We read from the book of Revelation – “And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.” (see Revelation 20:11-15) Scripture teaches us that God keeps a careful record of how people live and one day, mankind will stand before their Maker and give an account for their deeds. Regardless of how culture tries to define right and wrong, God will one day judge the world according to His eternal, perfect, and unchanging standard.

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Devotional: ‘Suffer as a Christian’

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1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. Persecution is a natural part of being a Christian. The Bible says that all who live a godly life in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (see 2 Tim 3:12) Jesus tells us that godly people will be persecuted because the light they represent is an intrusion to the dark way people want to live. (see John 3:19-20) If a Christian has the audacity to speak up and say what is right and what is wrong, they are going to be persecuted.

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Devotional: ‘Rejoice When You Are Being Persecuted’

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1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

No one that I know of wants to be persecuted. No one wants to be ridiculed or rejected. No one wants to be put into jail or possibly to death. Yet Peter tells us that we should not be surprised when it happens. Persecution comes with our choice to become a Christian.

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Devotional: ‘Decide Once and For All Where You Stand’

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1 Peter 4:1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. 4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.

Today we live in a world full of terrorism. Through various means, men try to force others to comply with their demands. There are many forms of terrorism. There are the open acts of violence such as mass shootings or bombs. But then there are the more subtle forms of terrorism such as ridicule, mockery and slander. Behind both types of actions is the intent to cause others to comply with someone else’s demands.

Satan is the ultimate terrorist and part of his program of terrorism is something we today call ‘peer pressure.’ As many of you know, peer pressure is the need we sometimes feel to conform to the lifestyle and standards of our social peers. We all know that children face peer pressure, but many adults do as well. I am convinced that one of the leading reasons many young adults drift away from the church during their college years is because they have a tremendous need to be accepted by their friends. Someone who is a young adult, and even many who are in the senior years of high school, no longer want to be viewed as their parent’s little child. They’re entering into adulthood and they desire to be viewed as such. With adulthood comes the desire for independence and the power of choice. So great is this need to be accepted by their peers that many Christian young adults are willing to compromise on their convictions.

Children and young adults are not the only ones who struggle with peer pressure. Many adults do as well. Someone has said that we often buy things we can’t afford to impress people we don’t like. We do it just so that they will think that we’re important. Peter recognized the power of peer pressure and therefore he encouraged his readers to determine which kind of lifestyle they will live. Will they allow peer pressure to pull them back into their old sinful ways of thinking and lifestyle, or will they decide once and for all that they are through with sin and are living for Jesus?

As I write this I think of what Joshua said in his last message before the people.

Joshua 24:14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Both Peter and Joshua knew that at some point, every believer must draw a line in the sand and then decide which side of that line they are going to stand on. James tells us that those who try to jump back and forth from one side to the other will always be unstable in all their ways. (see James 1:5-8)

As we were raising our daughters, we used to talk with them about possible situations they might face. Our intent was to help them decide before they faced the situation where they should stand.

Devotional: ‘Though We Shall Die, Yet Shall We Live’

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1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit.

No one wants to suffer, especially when you believe that you are innocent. Job had this struggle. The Bible says that Job was a blameless man, one who feared God and hated evil; and yet, poor Job suffered more than any of us can possible imagine.

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