Clothe Yourself With Humility

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 7 - 1 Peter 5:5-7 - Clothe Yourself With Humility - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 7 – 1 Peter 5:5-7 – Clothe Yourself With Humility – Growing As Disciples

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7 (NIV)

Clothe Yourself With Humility

Why do you think I want you to clothe yourself with humility? I can think of quite a few reasons why you want me to clothe myself with humility. That’s good. I would like you to tell me your thoughts. You want me to become like you. You clothed yourself with humility. You want me to clothe myself with humility. It is your plan that I become like you. That’s true, that is my plan.

What will you do differently because you are clothing yourself with humility? I will come to rely on you. I will stop relying on myself. I will stop thinking that I can overcome every difficulty with my own gifts, talents, strengths and abilities. I will stop trying to solve all my problems by myself. What has happened to your life when you have tried to solve all your problems by yourself? My life has filled up with anxiety and stress when I have relied solely on myself to overcome all my difficulties. What would you like to do differently?  I would like to come to rely on you. I would like to ask you for your help. I would like to cast all my anxiety on you because I know that you care for me. I care for you, is that a reason why I want you to clothe yourself with humility? Yes, it is. Can you see how pride has caused you a great deal of stress and anxiety? I can now. Your pride has prevented you from coming to ask me for help. Yes, I can see that now, quire clearly. That’s good.

So, what will you rely on as you clothe yourself with humility? I will rely on you and your promises. Nothing in all of life, not money, not power, not position or anything else is worthy of my trust. You alone are worthy of my trust. I can hold on to all your promises. Yes, you can. Will you? Yes, I will.

What kind of relationship will you have with other people as you clothe yourself with humility? I will know without a doubt that I am no better than anyone else. I will be willing to humbly love and care for others just as you love and care for me. I will do for others what you have done for me. That is very good. There is something else that I want you to do. What’s that? Not only do I want you to give help to others, but I want you to be willing to receive help from them as well. Will you clothe yourself with humility so you can both give and receive help? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be filled with my grace and peace.

Lord, I’m not better than others. I don’t think I’m betters than others. Help me to be like you. Help me to clothe myself with humility. Help me to live a humble life that is completely reliant on you. Help me to live a grace and peace filled life of serving others. Amen

Key Question… How has your life filled up with anxiety and stress and pressure because you have relied on yourself?

Living It Out… Rely on the Lord, to help you to clothe yourself with humility, so that you will come to fully rely on Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to clothe yourself with humility.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is helping you to clothe yourself with humility.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on Christ to help you to clothe yourself with humility, so you will come to rely on Him.

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Humble Yourselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Mixed Emotions - 1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble Yourselves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Mixed Emotions – 1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble Yourselves – Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)

My Anxiety

I would have never guessed the true source of my anxiety. What’s the true source of your anxiety? I’m not absolutely positive that I am correct. But, it seems to me that pride is the true source of my anxiety. How is pride the true source of your anxiety? Well, my pride has told me that I can handle every problem and that I can work my way out of every difficult circumstance. My pride has told me to keep my problems and difficult circumstances to myself. My pride has told me that I should not want or need help from anyone. So, I should not ask anyone for any help of any kind. Does that include me? I’m embarrassed to say, yes, it has included you. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

How has not wanting or needing or asking for any help of any kind worked out for you? Not well, at all. Pridefully trying to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has only served to fill my life full of anxiety. That should come as no surprise to you. Why is that? Do you think I made you to be self-sufficient and self-reliant? No, I don’t think so, I doubt it. Do you think I made you to live in close and intimate relationships with others and with me? Yes, I do. Would you live in close and intimate relationships with others and me if you never needed any help of any kind? Knowing myself, I would say, no, not ever. Then your needing help is a good thing? Then your needing to rely on me is a very good thing? Yes, it is. I can see that now. 

Will you ask for help? Will you come to rely on me? Will you cast all your anxieties on me? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will ask you for your help. I will come to rely on you. I will cast all my anxieties on you. What will happen to you when you do these things? I will be helped. I will be relieved. The pressure and anxiety that has been filling my life will be released. I will be filled with peace and calm and joy. Why is that? You will be helping me. You will be lifting me up. You will be encouraging me. Why will I be doing all of these things for you? You love and care for me. Yes, I do. You can be sure of that.

Heavenly Father, I have pridefully thought I could handle every problem and work my way out of every difficult circumstance. I was wrong. My pride only served to fill my life full of anxiety. Now, I will humbly cast all my cares on you. I know you care for me. Amen

Key Question…  When has prideful self-reliance caused your life to be filled with anxiety?

Living It Out…  Humble yourself before God so you can cast all your anxieties on Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will lift you up, in due time, as you humble yourself before Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how humility has helped you to cast your anxieties on God.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humble yourself before God by casting all your anxieties on Him.

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 54 - 1 Peter 5:6-7 - Cast All Your Anxiety On Him- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 54 – 1 Peter 5:6-7 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him- Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)  

Help Me

That is exactly what I believe that you will do. What will I do? You will help me. Why will I help you? You are my Heavenly Father. I am your child. You care for me. What do you mean by that? You love me. You went to great lengths to make it possible for me to live in an intimate relationship with you. How so? You broke down the barrier that separated us from each other. You sent your one and only Son into the world to die for my sins. You made it possible for my unrighteousness to be cleansed. You made it so I could be righteous in your eyes. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I did all these things for you. Yes, I do love and care for you. Yes, I made it possible so that you can live in an intimate relationship with me. Yes, you have been forgiven of your sins and cleansed of your unrighteousness. My Son has made you pure and holy in my sight. For all of these things I am thankful beyond what my words could convey. That is very good. 

So, you know that I love and care for you. You believe that I can and will help you? Yes, I do. What are you going to do with that information? I’m not sure what you mean by that question. I will clarify what I mean by asking you a couple more questions. Have you asked for my help? Have you cast all your anxieties on to me? Not exactly, not really. What have you done? I have held on to my anxieties. I have carried the weight of my worries. Why have you done that? I’m not positive. Take a guess. I would say that my pride has told me that I don’t need to ask for help. My pride has convinced me that I should be able to fend for myself by holding on to anxieties and carrying my worries as I solve my problems by myself. How has that worked out for you? Not well, at all. How so? My life is filled with anxiety and unsolved problems. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

What will you need to do if you want my help? I will need to do two things. I will need to set aside my pride and I will need to ask you for your help. So, not only do you need to believe that I will help you; you will need to ask me to help you, is that correct? You are asking me if something is correct? Yes, I am. Yes, that is certainly correct. I do believe that you will help me. I will ask you to help me. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I have proudly held on to my anxieties. I have foolishly carried the weight of my anxieties. Carrying my anxieties has worn me out. Now, I see the error of my ways. I will turn my anxieties over to you. You will help me because you care for me. Amen

Key Question…  How has your Heavenly Father brought peace into your life when you have cast all your anxieties on Him?

Living It Out…   Humbly turn every one of your anxieties over to your Heavenly Father so He can fill you with His peace.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you can turn over every one of your anxieties to your Heavenly Father.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are turning all your anxieties over to your Heavenly Father.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Peace - 1 Peter 5:6-7 - Cast All Your Anxiety On Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Peace – 1 Peter 5:6-7 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him – Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)

Come To Me

I worry a lot. I have a lot of anxieties. I carry a very high level of stress. I know that worry and anxiety have been harming me physically, emotionally and spiritually. My energy and joy in life has been dragged down and diminished by worry and anxiety. How can I let go of worry? Even when I think I have cast my worries and anxieties on to you I seem to find a way to reel them back to me. How can I cast all my anxieties on to you? That’s a good question. Let me ask you a question.

Do you believe that I love you? Yes, of course I believe that you love me. Do you believe that I can and will help you with what causes worry and anxiety in you? Yes, I believe that you can and will help me with whatever causes me worry and anxiety. Are you sure about that? Why are you asking me if I am sure about that? If you believe that I can and will help you wouldn’t it make sense for you to come to me to ask for my help? You hardly ever ask for my help when you are worried and filled with anxiety. That’s a problem, isn’t it? Yes, it is.  

There are only two possible reasons why you wouldn’t come to me to ask me for my help. What are the two possible reasons for me not asking for your help when I am filled with worry and anxiety? You either don’t believe that I can and will help you or you think that you can handle all your worries and anxieties by yourself. Would you like me to be even more clear? Yes, I would. Your two reasons for not asking for my help when you are worried and filled with anxiety are either unbelief or pride. Maybe it’s a combination of both. You got that right. I am sorry about this. I want to live a life of faith in you. I want to rely on you for your help. I don’t want to be filled with either unbelief or pride. What do you suggest? How can I live a life of faith that is reliant on you?

Come to me. Make it your practice to come to me to ask me for my help. Turn every one of your worries and anxieties into a prayer to me. Trust that I will hear and answer your prayers. As you keep coming to me your faith in me will grow. As you keep asking me for my help your reliance on yourself will decline as your trust in me will grow. You will see that I do hear and answer your prayers. You will know that you can trust in me. As you pray and trust in me your worries and anxieties will be replaced with my peace. Would you like that? Yes, Lord, I would like to be filled with your peace. Come to me. Turn every one of your worries and anxieties into a prayer to me. Yes, Lord, I will.

Lord, I have pridefully thought I could handle my worries and anxieties. I have held on to my worries and anxieties as I worked harder to try and solve them. This has been no way to live. Forgive me. I will now turn all my worries and anxieties into prayers to you. Amen

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 86 - 1 Peter 5-6-7 - Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 86 – 1 Peter 5-6-7 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You – Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)

Problems 

Problems. Whose got problems? I’m kidding of course. It is one of those terrible, no good days. I feel like I’m under attack. It was a day in which I was bruised and battered. I stood alone, or so it seemed. I know that you are with me. You will help me. You are for me. You are on my side. By that, I don’t mean that you have chosen sides and I am on the winning side. There were no winners today. In conflict, there are only losers. And I was a big loser, at least in my opinion. I have only one way to turn. I have only one thing to do. I will come to you. I will take refuge. In this storm, you are my refuge. I will take shelter in you. That is a very good decision.

Do you find it a little ironic that your verse for today so closely matches your experience? This was your verse, before your day even began, isn’t that true? Do you find that unusual? Do you find that a bit odd? Not at all. Why is that? You have gotten my attention. You are no doubt trying to teach me something. What am I trying to teach you? You want me to humble myself before you. You want me to learn to humbly rely on you. You want me to put all my faith and hope and trust in you. You want me to stop trying to solve all my problems by myself. You want me to ask you for your help. You want me to cast all my anxieties on you. Why would I want you to learn these things? You love and care for me. Yes, I love and care for you.

How would your life change if you did cast all your anxieties on me? I would have far less stress and anxiety. I would be happier and enjoy life much more as I did cast all my anxieties on you. I would be more joyful and be a brighter witness for you if I did cast all my anxieties on you. My life would bear more fruit for your kingdom and glory to your name if I did cast all my anxieties on you. Will you turn your life over to me? Will you humbly rely on me for my help? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. Today’s lesson will be a very small price to pay if you truly do cast all your anxieties on me. I agree. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, I have been proudly determined to solve all my own problems. I have been foolishly relying on myself. Forgive me. I will now bring all my problems and anxieties to you. I will rely on your help. Thank you that you love and care for me. Amen

Key Question…  What problems and anxieties would you like to give to God right now?

Living It Out…  Give your problems and anxieties to God so you can rely on Him for His help.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will help you with your problems and relieve you of anxiety when you bring them to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has helped you with problems and relieved your anxieties.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humbly rely on your Heavenly Father to carry your burdens and relieve your anxieties.

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 154 - 1 Peter 5:6-11 - Cast All Your Anxiety On Him- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 154 – 1 Peter 5:6-11 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him- Growing As Disciples

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 (NIV)

Cast

What would it take for you to cast all your fears and worries and anxieties on to me? Two things would need to be true for me to cast all my fears and worries and anxieties on to you. I’m listening. First, I would need to know that you love and care for me. I would need to believe that you would hear and answer my prayers. I would need to be certain that you would come to my aid when I am in distress. That’s number one. Do you know that I love and care for you? Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Are you certain that I will come to your aid when you are in distress? I can give you an emphatic yes to all your questions. I have no doubts about your love and care for me. I am certain you will come to my aid when I am in distress. That is very good.

What else must be true for you to cast all your fears and worries and anxieties on me? I must be willing to humble myself before you. I must stop trying to rely on myself. As long as I continue to pridefully think that I can and should be able to take care of myself, I won’t be turning all my fears and worries and anxieties over to you. As long as I pridefully think that I can and should be self-sufficient and self-reliant I won’t be placing all my faith and hope and trust in you. That’s not good. I know. What has happened to you when you have lived a prideful self-sufficient and self-reliant life? I have been filled with fear and worry and anxiety. I have been easy prey to attack by the devil and all his evil. I have not allowed you to help me to be on guard against him. I have not allowed you to help me to be firm in my faith so I could stand strong, firm and steadfast. As a result, I have experienced discouragement and defeat. That is not good. I know.

Will you believe in me? Will you rely on me? Will you trust me? Will you cast all your care on me? Yes Lord, I will. Will you stop living a prideful, self-sufficient and self-reliant life so I can help you to stand strong and firm and steadfast in your faith? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I know you love and care for me. Therefore, I will give all my fear, worry and anxiety to you. I will humbly rely on all your help. Help me to be on guard against the devil and all his evil. Make me strong, firm and steadfast as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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