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1 Peter 5:9
9 Whom [hos] resist [anthistemi] stedfast [stereos] in the
faith [pistis], knowing [eido] that the same [autos]
afflictions [pathema] are accomplished [epiteleo] in your [humon] brethren [adelphotes] that are in [en] the world [kosmos]. KJV-Interlinear
9 But resist him, firm in your
faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by
your brethren who are in the world. NASB
Resist him, means
resist the policies, philosophies, and views of Satan.In all the world, there are only two views of
life, Gods and Satan's.
Gods view is truth, and
Satan's view is not truth, or lies.
You either subscribe to
one or the other. There is no third choice.There is no combination of the two which is acceptable in any
situation.Lies and truth are mutually
exclusive.No pretense, no emotional
feelings, no logic, nothing can compromise the truths of God.
There is only one way
to oppose lies, and that is with truth.There is only one way to gain possession of truth, and that is by means of
the mechanism, which God designed for learning, understanding, and inculcating
truth into your soul.
And the ultimate goal
of learning truth is not to accomplish something that you can do, but accomplishing
a level of faith, wherein you trust God completely.Daniel and Moses are two examples of people
who were brought to the very edge of human helplessness and they trusted God,
even fully expecting their own death, but were delivered.
And that is your
defense (faith), against the lies, enticements, distractions, threats or
intimidations from this world.
You are not alone in
the fight for spiritual success.Every
believer that has ever lived and every believer that is alive today, is a
target, and is suffering from the same difficulties as you are.Most of us have financial, social, physical, or
emotional stresses of one kind or another.And the world will pound you relentlessly until you quit doctrine.
We just finished our
study of Job.He hung in there, despite horrendous
difficulties from financial losses, from personal family losses, from health
losses, from social ostracism and such.
When you cry out for
the pain, giving in to the world, then the world will probably, but not
necessarily, leave you alone.More
likely it will just hammer you all the more.Remember, the world cares nothing for you.Like the lion roaring after its prey, when
the prey gives in, it is killed and devoured. That is Satan s policy.There is never any mercy.
But in grace, faith is
never abandoned, never let down.God
cares more for you than you realize. He created an entire universe just so you
could see the stars at night, or be amazed by the technologies that this
universe makes possible.Couldn t He
have made salvation possible with far less?
After all, most of the
technology we have today, was never known to humanity for many thousands of
years, and has been with us only a few decades.
Your ultimate goal is
to stand before the Lord, one day in the near future, and receive His highest
praise as a good and faithful servant.You
accomplish this by means of advancing in, and sticking with, your spiritual
Expect trouble from
many sources. The world has rejected God for a very long time now.This country is slipping away from Biblical
principles.Even the weather is hammering
us all with bitter winter storms.
There is only one-way
out of, or through, your dilemma, and that is through faith, developed by a
daily diet of Bible doctrine.
And if and when you do
get hammered, do not blame God, but stick with your studies, and weather the storms
of life as best you can.God will be
there, with solutions of one type or another.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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