Humble Yourself Before God
God Resists the Proud and Gives Grace to the Humble
by J.M. Troppello
I’ve been talking to various family members and friends and hearing this theme of resisting temptation a lot in some podcasts that I listen to regularly. One of the best passages of Scripture to read about this theme – in my opinion – is I Peter 5:5-11. The second favorite of mine is found in I Corinthians 10:13 where Paul states that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 5:5-11, NKJV)
I love the title to this section of Scripture in my Bible. Submit to God, Resist the Devil. It sounds so simple, but it’s not always so simple to resist the temptations that so easily ensnare you.
One important step you can take in resisting temptation is submitting to God and listening – and actually obeying – His leading in your life. As you read in verse 8 in this passage in I Peter, it’s vital to be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. I love the image of Jesus being the Lion of Judah as shown in Revelation 5:5. However, I don’t like the image of my adversary the devil walking around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
But that’s the point.
Peter wanted believers to be aware that they need to make a concerted effort to diligently submit to God and resist the devil. I love the note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “Be sober means to be self-disciplined, to think rationally and not foolishly. Be vigilant means being alert to the spiritual pitfalls of life and taking appropriate steps to make certain that we do not stumble. Satan is both cunning and cruel. He attacks when least expected and desires to destroy completely those whom he attacks.”
You can be victorious in your Christian walk when you remain committed to God and want to follow His guidance – as the Holy Spirit empowers you to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh, and then sin. Look at the following verse from I John 4:4.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4, NKJV)
That’s a beautiful promise from God. The devil has already been defeated. He cannot overpower you. Speak the name of Jesus and trust God to give you the grace, strength, and peace each day to be victorious in Christ Jesus.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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