Day 88: March 29, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

1 Peter 5:5-13
5 In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. 8 Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. 10 Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. 11 The dominion belongs to Him forever. Amen. 12 I have written you this brief letter through Silvanus (I know him to be a faithful brother) to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it! 13 The church in Babylon, also chosen, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son.

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God's Help and Strength in the Battle
by Deane Webb, Member of Brentwood Baptist Campus

Humble in relation to God. Humble in relation to others. If we are clothed in humility, those clothes stay on all day. They stay on when we interact with those of high position, and they stay on when we interact with those of low position. They should stay on when we talk to our boss, and they should stay on if we are the boss.

With humility towards God comes the opportunity to cast our cares on Him, as He cares for us. It also puts us in a proper place of total dependence on him.

The devil is looking for anyone he can devour. While there may be higher and lower value targets to him, use of the word ‘anyone’ should be enough to make any self-sustaining Christian shudder.

Today, that ‘anyone’ could be me. If I am living under my own strength, I will not have the strength to resist him. I will lose, and I will be devoured. Perhaps my job will be devoured. Perhaps my marriage will be destroyed. It will happen, and I am foolish to think otherwise.

We are told that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. This is real. We can live life using God’s strength, with the knowledge that we will ultimately win. Or, we can live life using our own strength, and sooner or later we will lose. Perhaps not today, perhaps not tomorrow, but make no mistake about it…we will lose.

Thankfully we are told that the God of all grace will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support us after we have suffered.

Grace, grace. God’s grace.

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.

Grace, grace. God’s grace.

Grace that is greater than all my sin.

Humility and grace. God has shown us what they are. God has shown us what they can be in us. God has shown us how they can be extended to others when we rely on Him.

Praxis

  • Is humility in my life dependent on who the other person is or their position? Is it related to what they can do for me?
  • What would my family look like today if I humbled myself to all of them as Jesus humbled himself to those around Him?
  • When is the last time I extended true grace to someone?

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.