In this day and age when there are power struggles in every organization and worst of all, even the church, it is good to know who you are in Christ Jesus. There is a confidence that comes from knowing where God has placed you in this world and what it is that He expects from you. Am I that confident? Not always. But I do have a confidence within me that can only come from Christ, because the person I grew up to be before I knew Him as Savior had no confidence in myself at all. I had so much fear living in me that I was miserable, often times hyperventilating to the point my husband David would take me to the hospital. That is no lie. But then Jesus saved my soul and there arose within me a strength I didn’t know I had. It was if God was saving it for such a time. I still have times of weakness, thus why I’m doing this bible study today. I needed to a reminder for myself to remember who I am.

Know Your Position

1 Peter 5:1-14 KJV
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

The Apostle Peter, speaking to the Jews, knew who he was. He knew he was an apostle, one of the chosen of Christ to be the first set aside to preach the Gospel, but he did not boast in that fact. He identified himself as an elder of the church. A servant of God just as God expects us all to be. That position isn’t taken as seriously as it should be by the church of today. Peter died for that position, today we won’t live for it. He witnessed the crucifixion of the Lord, died the same death (but upside down) all because he knew the glory we would be living in throughout eternity. He also witnessed the Lord’s resurrection and ascension. While we have not witnessed the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord in person, there’s now shortage of evidence living inside of us. It was that evidence, the Holy Spirit of God that told me I had a position in the church of God and how I knew God’s purpose.

Know Your Purpose

[2] Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; [3] Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. [4] And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

First and foremost our job as servants of the Most High God is to share the gospel of Christ. How many people do you see, who call themselves Christians, and are telling people about the Lord Jesus Christ? Not many. Hardly any. They consider it a chore. And I believe that the reason is they are not confident in who they are, studied to show themselves approved, therefore they’re not going to open up that conversation for fear of where it might go. Hey, I’m not throwing stones, I’ve been there! I can talk about a lot of stuff. But I know if I’m going to talk about Christ there may be some questions that are difficult to answer. Not necessarily biblical knowledge, but what if someone asks me about my own relationship with Christ. How often do I pray, read, attend services, what has God done in my life…. All these questions require time with God if a person expects to answer the questions with confidence.

Understanding your purpose means understanding who God sent you to minister to. Peter spoke to the Jews. But not as they had been spoken to in time past. Church leaders in his day were no different than many today in the world. There are those (mostly television evangelists) who are in it for the money. But regardless of where they are, God sees them and He’ll take care of them in due time.

Know Your Place

[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. [6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: [7] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

As a young person I wanted to be somebody. I wanted to garner respect from not only my peers but people in greater positions. I didn’t want that so I could boast about it, I wanted it so that I would feel better about myself. I had always been so insecure (still am). But as I aged, as I became stronger in my knowledge of the gospel of Christ and in my ability to discern spiritual matters, people began coming to me for advice. Then I realized what great accountability that position had. The very thing I wanted scares me to death! Because I know in the scope of God’s universe I am no one outside of who I am in Christ. If He does not give me the wisdom I need for any given day and circumstance I’m going to fall flat on my face. My place is in humility on my knees asking God to help me be who He wants me to be.

Know Your Power

[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. [10] But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. [11] To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Don’t mistaken the Devil for a kitten. and don’t forget that Christ is the Lion of Judah Who will open the book in that great day mentioned in Revelation 5:5. This world does not realize who Christ is for certain, but they also don’t realize the power that Satan has over this world. Before the fall Satan was a guardian and servant in the presence of Almighty God, he had a high office. One angel in 2 Kings 19:35 killed 185,000 people. Understanding that, should give you some insight on the power of Satan. He cannot do anything God doesn’t allow him to do. But he is the prince the his world and he can do plenty.

God gives His children the strength beyond what they have in the flesh for times of great battle. If you’re a child of God you’ve likely experienced it at some point. But we also know it didn’t come from the flesh. Our power is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our own power against the principalities of the air would get blown out of the way like a grain of sand.

Revelation 5:5 KJV
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

That is why Peter reminds us to be humble. These people that stand up in the face of adversity with self pride scare me. I’m not going to wag my finger in Satan’s face and pretend that I’m not afraid. I’m going to stand like a little girl behind my Savior and say “Get him God.” Because I don’t have the power in myself. Satan is not the lion of Judah but he is “as a roaring lion.” He wants to be like God. He cannot. He wants to destroy God’s people. He cannot. He wants to scare God’s people… I think it’s a wise person who understands that.

Know Your Peace

[12] By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. [13] The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. [14] Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Knowing what it means to be “in” Christ Jesus is where we will find Peace. I’ve searched for peace in multitudes of places. In my family, children, job, home…. All kinds of places. But not until I placed myself in Christ did I find true peace. Understanding that, come what may, God has me covered. This world is evil, God is holy. This world will hurt me, God will heal me. This world is not my friend. Jesus will never leave me nor forsake me. Glory to God that is peace. When I lay my head down at night, knowing that He’s watching over my family allows me to sleep without worry. It’s not that I never have concern, because I do, I’m human. But the peace of God that passes understanding can only be found with the knowledge of His saving grace.

The word of God is such a mighty counselor. I needed this lesson tonight. I hope it helps someone else. If you don’t have that peace in knowing how to be saved, send me a message, I’d be glad to share it with you. If you need prayer, send me that too, I’d be happy to lift you up as so many people have me in my lifetime.

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