Happy Monday, everyone! During our morning sermon at New Walk Church, we spoke about how we should respond to suffering in our lives. In case you missed the sermon yesterday, or if this is the first time you have come across our website, you may be going through something in your life that is hard to endure; in either case, I want to make sure that you are aware that the Book of 1 Peter has answers for your situation. The acronym below is 1 Peter’s solution in a nutshell for us to respond to the suffering and hurt in our lives.
Humility: 1 Peter 5: 6-7- Whatever you're going through, humble yourself before the Lord; tell him you need his help and that you are not strong enough to endure the suffering on your own. The Lord is never failing; when we communicate with God through prayer, and we come before him with humility, it creates deeper intimacy with God, and he exposes His truths to us.
Union: 1 Peter 5: 12-14- Unite yourself with other believers. People who genuinely love the Lord crave to love others as well. If you don’t have a home church, consider making New Walk Church your home. We are here for you. We want to unite with you and help you through your suffering; in fact, you may be able to encourage and help someone as well!
Resist the Devil: 1 Peter 5: 8-9 - When we love God, we should crave to love Him with our actions. When we attempt to eliminate sin in our lives, we make more room for God to work. If you just sinned before reading this, your hope isn't lost; repent with your whole heart and with tears in your eyes. Ask God to help you through your sins and make God the solution to your problems- not temporary satisfaction in sin.
Trust in God: 1 Peter 5:10-11- When we put our faith in Jesus, we understand that the suffering in this world is temporary and God Himself promises that he will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Trust Him in all of your circumstances. He loves you and desires a real relationship with you. He has never failed you not even once.
As always, I love you all.
Yours in Christ,