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Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
I Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
When you are not steadfast, it’s easy for Satan to pull you away. Everybody that parks in a church is not steadfast. Some are about to lose their mind. It seems like the closer you get to God; the more Satan knows how to mess with you. He will get you upset and at odds with others. Every time you get happy on Sunday, Satan comes right after you and will attack your steadfastness, but you have to remain steadfast which means you have to learn how to remain firm, persistent, and determined in your endeavors.
If you’re going to be firm, you can’t be easy. You can’t just be persistent on Sundays. Your determination must be consistent. You need to learn how to resist Satan, but — you can’t handle him by yourself. You won’t understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. But when you meet Jesus — your life becomes so much sweeter! You have to make it personal in order to be firm, persistent, and determined to be saved.
I Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud…” Don’t ever speak a proud and boastful spirit into existence. Remain having a spirit of humility. “… and giveth grace to the humble.” Don’t brag – you are not that close to Jesus! It is a joy to be humble. God blesses you when you’re humble and when you are submissive to his Word.
Also, you can’t straighten other folks out, but God can. Just start praying! Some people are suffering from hurt and hurt brings fear. You will ultimately become bitter and then you’ll start to build up your defenses. Imagine having a wall all around you without a door or a window. That’s when it’s difficult for you to receive the Word; nothing will get in and then you can’t be blessed. You’ll grow old being fearful.
God wants to heal you, but you need to get humble and be ready to operate at the place where he has you today. Say, “My time is coming!” You need to cast all your cares upon him: every hurt, pain, fear, sickness, distress, and problem. You do not have enough strength to fight these on your own. The best thing to do is to stop talking about it and cast it! And after you cast it — leave it!
Be sober and vigilant; God is looking for you! He’ll be at your job, at your house, and even in your car! He has everything that you need AND he cares!
Just remember to stay firm, persistent, and determined in your faith!