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 negati ...
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