God Will Take Care Of You
June 10, 2007
INTRODUCTION: 1 Peter 5:7, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
This verse is quoting part of Ps 55:22.
"casting" -- to throw something on something, as casting a blanket on a donkey. In 1 Peter 5:5-7, the believers are encouraged to do 3 things:
1. Submit Yourself to God
2. Humble Yourself to God
3. Trust Yourself to God
Psalms 55:22, "Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."
"burden" -- implies circumstances; the promise is
that the Lord will uphold the believer in the struggles of life.
Acts 21-23 provides us with a commentary of Paul's conduct throughout his life's challenges and it provides us with an example for all believers to give a positive testimony in negative circumstances.
FIVE MAJOR OBSERVATIONS
1. Paul accepted the situation as God ordained it. Facing
persecution never caused him to be unfaithful to God's
2. Paul used his circumstance as an opportunity. The
crowd that gathered to beat and kill him -- he witnessed
3. Paul was conciliatory toward his persecutors. He did
not threaten the hostile crowd or seek revenge; instead, he courteously addressed them as brethren and fathers, and even assigned to their vicious beating of him the noble motive of zeal for God.
Note Romans 12:14 & 1 Peter 2:23.
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."
"Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously"
4. Paul exalted the Lord.
1 Cor. 1:31, "Let him who boast, boast in the Lord."
5. Paul maintained a proper attitude -- one of selfless love.
Principle is well outlined in Romans 9:1-3.
It is a miracle to be able to give a positive testimony in
the most negative of circumstances.
Note the Lord's care for Paul:
I. PERSECUTION'S CONSISTENCY.
Acts 21:28-32, "crying out, ‘Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.' (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut. Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. He immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul."
Acts 23:2, "And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth."
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