Specific Text - 1 Peter 5:6-11
This short little passage is like a Swiss Army Knife, because it contains so many tools that your Christian life needs. Like Romans 8,this is a passage you need can turn to no matter what is going on in your life. It has all of the elements of a worship service:
Call To Worship: Let yourself be humbled (made pliable and ready to conform to God's will) in the presence of the Almighty God, and as you do so He will lift you up and make you strong.
Assurance: As you let yourself be humbled, you are casting all of your anxieties, fears and worries onto Him. God invites you to do this because He cares for you.
Instruction for Christian living: You will face resistance and overcome obstacles put in your way by your enemy, the devil. You can stand firm against him, though, because you stand in the righteousness and strength of Jesus Christ. Also remember there is strength in numbers, and you are surrounded by Christ's people, the church.
Benediction (words of blessing to you): God Himself, who has grace that saves you from your sins, and grace that saves you from earthly troubles, has called you to belong to His glory. You will suffer in this world for a little while, but God Himself will rebuild you, make you strong and keep you standing.
Doxology (words of glory to God): To God Almighty, the God of all grace, be the power for this age and forever.
Prayer For The Day - Lord God, thank you for your Word. Thank you that I can come together each Sunday with your people, the church, and be refreshed for a new week to come. Thank you also that I can come to passages like this at anytime and anywhere and quickly receive the grace I need to face the challenges I have. Amen.