When you were born again, you were born into eternal hope. What a gift you have been given. Yet, at the same time, you became a visible target for the enemy. As you inherited the Spirit of Jesus Christ through your new birth, Satan noticed you and you became a target for his attacks.
Anxiety and fear are common ways Satan attacks believers. And he’s very successful at using this weapon to defeat many. But God gave all His children a key so that we can overcome all anxiety. The key that we find through the ministry of Jesus is humility.
We learn this valuable secret from Peter in his teaching to the churches. Peter walked with Christ. He had been tested as a Christian and had, by this time, matured into an elder in the Church. He teaches the church how to overcome the weapon of anxiety, just as he had been taught by Jesus.
“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. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:5-7.
The key focus today in this passage is the attribute of “being humble” or “humility.” You may ask, “What does humility have to do with anxiety?” And the answer is: Everything!
When we are worried or filled with anxiety – it is because we are looking at our problems through the lens of our own power and strength. In our strength we wonder how we’ll make it through. The problem appears too large for us. We feel anxious because we don’t see a way out. But Peter reminds the church to humble ourselves under the “mighty hand of God.”
Think of some of Peter’s experiences with anxiety. Remember when Jesus warned His disciples that He would be given over to the Jews and His disciples would be scattered? Jesus told them they would also deny their association with Him. Peter, in his own determination and will, said, “No! Even if all desert You, I will never deny You!” And Jesus gently told Peter, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” Jesus knew that Peter wanted to be faithful, but that under certain pressures he would crumble in his own strength. Eventually Peter did fail the Lord precisely as Jesus foretold.
All of us are susceptible to failure. In our own strength–no matter how much we want to succeed, we can, and often do, fail. But we can overcome failure each and every time. How? By relying on God’s strength! We overcome by allowing His power to work in each and every one of us. How do we do that? Let’s take another look at Peter’s experience.
Peter and the disciples were in a boat on the stormy Sea of Galilee. Jesus, Who had stayed behind on shore, came walking toward them on the sea. Upon seeing the figure of a man, the disciples were afraid, and thought they were seeing a ghost.
In verse 27 we read, “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (verse 28). And Jesus said, “Come.”
Peter was zealous and ambitious in his faith, which I’m certain is a trait that Jesus loved about him. But Peter also had to learn that it wasn’t his own determination or his zeal that would carry him through. He had to learn (through experience, apparently) that is was God’s power working in him that would bring the victory. Peter learned that the only way God could step into the situation was for Peter to step out of the way (and take his ego with him).
Peter did have the faith to step out of the boat. He placed his faith into action by actually walking on the water. He apparently came within reach of Jesus, because when he began to sink Peter called out, “Lord, save me!” (verse 30). “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (verse 31).
Peter doubted because he was measuring his own ability against the severity of the wind and waves. As Peter was sinking, he humbled himself and called upon the Lord to save him, knowing there was no other power available to overcome the circumstances. The “mighty hand of God” reached down and lifted Peter up, overcoming the circumstances Peter faced.
When we find ourselves in anxiety and worry, we can be assured that we are looking at our situation in light of our own ability, to figure it out or manage the problems we face.
It is only when we humble ourselves under the “…mighty hand of God” (1 Peter 5:6) and submit to His Lordship and His ability to save us, that we ultimately experience victory.
We have been given a great secret to overcoming difficulties. It’s the power of humility. Having faith in God. The act of placing our faith–not in ourselves–but in God Himself. When we do that, His Lordship and power are able to be activated in our behalf.
Thank God we have inherited such precious promises. Let’s learn to come into agreement with His precious promises so that we reap the fruit of the many wonderful gifts God has made available to those who love Him.
And remember, with God nothing is impossible!
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