Tuesday, March 12, 2013

“SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Peter 5:11a”

Our next devotion will be based upon 1 Peter 5:11…. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

In the previous verse we have seen that the Lord not only secures our eternity with Him, but He also turns the Satanic opposition we face into tools by which we are strengthened and matured.  Both of these blessings come to us from “The God of all grace”.  

It is in this context that we now come to our text for this morning… “To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever”.   In other words:  this same Lord that has saved us and secured a wonderful eternity for us…

this same Lord who has promised to use the hardships of life to benefit us…  is the same Lord who deserves to be glorified and given dominion throughout our life on earth and eternity to follow.

As we saw in a previous devotional study… when we give the Lord “glory” we are making Him look good in the eyes of others.  We are raising others opinion of Him.  We are helping others to reverence Him in greater ways.  We do this by showing Him to others through our words and especially our actions as we live lives that reflect the Lord in the eyes of others. 

We are told that we also to give Him “dominion” .  What is the idea behind dominion?  The word dominion comes for a Greek word that combines three thoughts:

1. strength

2. greatness

3. control 

In other words, to possess “dominion” means that the Lord possesses the type of strength that shows us His greatness and gives Him control of all things.  This is the idea of His dominion.   How do we give Him the dominion?  By submitting to His desires for our lives.  This is willfully giving Him the control of our very being.

The wonderful truth is that by submitting our lives to His control, we then find ourselves revealing our Lord to others.  This is a natural response for the Christian when we stop and consider all he has done for us:  by saving us, giving us a wonderful eternity with Him, and then using Satan’s weapons for our benefit, we realize His great love and grace He has bestowed upon us.

Rom 8:31-39 (KJV) - What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth.  Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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