Guess What? Grace Wins! God Wins! The Assurance of God’s Part in it All!

1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Refrain:
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!

2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
(Refrain)

3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
(Refrain)

4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?
(Refrain)

Julia H. Johnston. 1911

1 Peter 5:8-11 New King James Version

Be [a]sober, be [b]vigilant; [c]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But [d]may the God of all grace, who called [e]us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, [f]perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

1 Peter is a letter that was written to Christians who were suffering under some measurable degree of persecution and hostility for their faith. Like them, we too, in this 21st century, are living in a time in which it is growing harder and harder to truly live for Jesus Christ. Like them, we feel some measure of cultural pressure against our faith. And like them, we find that we’re being called upon increasingly to stand faithfully and sacrificially for our Savior in tough times.

And it’s not just the pressure of the culture around us that we feel. That cultural pressure is ultimately the manifest hand of the #1 true enemy of our souls.

As the Apostle Peter wrote to Christians in our passage; Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world (1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV).

So, in addition to the cultural pressures we feel around us, we also need to be on guard against an overwhelmingly powerful spiritual enemy who is committed to our destruction. And what’s more, if you add to all of that our own personal weakness and failings, it truly does seem to be an overwhelming thing Peter is calling us to do—to stand faithful to the Lord Jesus all the way to the very end.

But I am exceedingly and abundantly encouraged by the fact of who it was that wrote this letter to us. We of course know him as Peter, the Apostle of Jesus Christ. We know him as the one who stood tall and SOBER, preached that first great sermon after the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost—where 3,000 people at one time believed on the Lord Jesus. We know him as the one who authored two great New Testament letters, whose testimony was the inspiration behind the Gospel of Mark, and whose ministry occupied so much of the Book of Acts.

We know him as the great martyr who faithfully laid down his life for the Lord Jesus—and who, as tradition tells us, even asked to be crucified upside-down; having felt unworthy to be crucified like Jesus Himself. But we should never forget that he was also the one who—before all that—failed miserably; and who even looked eye to eye at Jesus and denied the Lord Jesus at his crucifixion.

Exactly like you and I, Peter was a very flesh-and-blood man—subject to all the failures and fallibilities that you and I suffer under. And if it had been up to him, he never would have ended his race on this earth faithful to the Lord Jesus. But it wasn’t up to him. It was up to the God who had called him and redeemed him. And I steadfastly believe that this Peter would want you and I to trust in the very same grace of God that he trusted in to keep us and preserve us to the very end.

GRACE

Divine Guidance

Divine Restoration,

Divine Assurance,

Divine Continuance

Divine Encouragement

Not only do we serve the God of all GRACE as 1 Peter 5:10 describes Him, who never leaves our side, who never slumbers or sleeps, who forever walks along side with His Shepherd’s Crook at the ready, who diligently keeps His eyes and ears on the Devil’s prowling ways, but we are here now being guided, restored assured, continued, encouraged of our Lord and Savior’s countless virtues.

“Restore Unto Me the Joy of thy Salvation and Renew a Right Spirit Within Me!” (Psalm 51:12)

Check out Psalm 18:1-3 if you’re looking for an example of our Savior’s virtues.

The God of all GRACE — God is compassionate, full of mercy and truth, long-suffering (Psalm 86:15). He provides stillness and peace, rest and security, nourishment and drink in the face of our enemies (Psalm 23, Isaiah 26:3).

He has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus —

The Savior of the world has personally invited us to His eternal glory.

I’m not sure that we will ever be able to fully comprehend just how absolutely amazing that GRACE is!

After you and I have suffered in our sin for a while — When we then accept Jesus as your Savior, we are still not guaranteed a life without pain or suffering. In fact, now, more than ever, Christians are persecuted for what they believe.

Trials, Tribulations, Pain and Suffering are and must become an accepted part of this life in the shadow of Calvary. Just remember this life on earth is only the beginning; I think we could all use that reminder to live with eternity in mind.

If you are seeking after divine Guidance,

If you are seeking after divine Restoration,

If you are seeking after divine Assurance,

If you are seeking after divine Continuance,

If you are seeking after divine Encouragement,

Pray and meditate upon these encouraging facts from 1 Peter 5:10:

God will perfect you (Psalm 138:8)

God will establish you (Psalm 16)

God will strengthen you (Psalm 10:17-18, Isaiah 41:8-11)

God will settle you no matter what else is going on (Psalm 107)

God will continue you (Psalm 36:10, John 14:6, John 15:1-8)

4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!

NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON – GOD AND GRACE ALWAYS WINS!

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So!

In his closing benediction in this letter—something which I would like to call a ‘prayer/wish’ for his brothers and sisters in Christ of all coming generations—Peter expresses this very thing. In 1 Peter 5:10-11, he expressed his absolute confidence in God’s ability to keep His own dear redeemed ones; and wrote,

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10-11 NKJV).

In the name of God, the Father, and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us pray,

Holy God, make me a partaker of your Holy Spirit. Enlighten me, oh, God. May I taste this heavenly gift that you reserve for your righteous people. Cleanse me of any barriers within my heart and mind that would stop me from feeling your presence in me. Flood any dark spots in my heart with your light. Help me to walk in your light and shine your beauty and grace on everyone I meet. Amen.

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Author: Thomas E Meyer Jr

Formerly Homeless Sinner Now, Child of God, Saved by Grace.

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