• New Covenant Ordained Ministry Devotional

    1 Peter 5:1–3

    The calling to be an elder or a deacon is a high one indeed, but it does not invalidate or make insignificant the callings of those who are not appointed to those offices. If we think we cannot engage in ministry or are not valuable to the church if we are not elders or deacons, then we have misunderstood what Scripture has to say about the clergy and the laity. View Resource

  • Shepherding the Flock of God Devotional

    1 Peter 5:1–5

    While some pastors are guilty of being domineering over their flocks, most are humble servants of God who need our encouragement more than anything else. Words of encouragement to godly pastors are a great way we can support our leaders. We should also pray for them and be patient with them, for they are growing Christians just as we are and will make mistakes. View Resource

  • The Willing Sheperd Devotional

    1 Peter 5:1–3

    Today’s passage is addressed primarily to the elders of the church. So if you are one, make sure you lovingly look after the people under your care, even when they are unlovable. We can also apply this teaching to those who are not ordained. Are you a parent and have children for which to care? Perhaps you are a teacher or employer? Whatever authority you may have, shepherd those under you eagerly and gently just like Jesus shepherds you. View Resource

  • The Crown of Glory Devotional

    1 Peter 5:4

    Though God certainly has the right to require obedience from us without promising a reward, today’s passage shows us He has not chosen to do this. Rather, He promises His faithful servants rewards for their obedience. When you faithfully shepherd those under your care, you can expect to gain an unfading crown of glory in the life to come, as well as blessings even now. Ask the Lord to help you live in gratitude for these blessings and use them to glorify Him. View Resource

  • You Who Are Younger Devotional

    1 Peter 5:5

    Are you submissive to the elders in the church? Do you follow their leadership even when they do something you do not like, or do you seek opportunities to undermine their authority? Do you pretend to find sin in all they do so that you do not have to follow them? What about your relationships with others in the church? Do you treat others with humble love or look down upon fellow Christians? Find a way to serve both your elders and others with humility today. View Resource

  • He Cares For You Devotional

    1 Peter 5:6–7

    Have you humbled yourself before the mighty hand of God? Are you convinced that He cares about you? Have you entrusted all of your anxieties and cares into His hand, confident that He will take care of you? Take some time today to think of a particular worry you have, perhaps concerning your children, family, job, or any other persistent fears. Commit them to the Lord today and find someone who will point you to Christ whenever you are anxious. View Resource

  • The Adversary Devotional

    1 Peter 5:8–9

    It is unlikely that Satan himself comes after us directly, for he is not omnipresent and can only go after one person at a time. He himself probably goes after targets who have great influence over the world and church, while he sends his evil minions after the entire church. But we can defeat the Devil when we trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, who prompts us to flee temptation and believe what God says, not Satan’s lies. View Resource

  • Be Watchful Devotional

    1 Peter 5:8–9

    Calvin and other commentators agree that Ephesians 6:10–20, and the armor of God described therein, provides a guide for how we might stand firm and resist Satan’s devices. Persevering faith, prayer, and the Word of God can help us to stand against the wiles of the Devil. Fellowship with other believers can likewise aid us when we are in need. Put on the whole armor of God, pray against the devices of the evil one, and take time to fellowship with other believers. View Resource

  • Our Prowling Adversary Devotional

    1 Peter 5:8–9

    Since Satan’s favorite weapon against us is deceit, the only way to counter him is with the truth. That is one reason why it is so important for us to be armed with a sound knowledge of Scripture, which is the very truth of God Himself. As our minds are renewed through the study of the Lord’s Word, we are prepared to succeed in spiritual warfare against the devil. View Resource

  • After You Have Suffered Devotional

    1 Peter 5:10–11

    In the light of eternity, all of our suffering takes on a new perspective. When we truly understand and trust that we will enjoy the glory of God forever, we will be all the more enabled to endure bravely and persevere through our suffering. Take some time today to meditate on the glory of God that we will enjoy for eternity face to face (1 Cor. 13:12). Ask the Lord to remind you always of the glory that He is refining you for through your suffering. View Resource

  • By Silvanus Devotional

    1 Peter 5:12–14

    Our study of 1 Peter has reminded us to base our lives on true doctrine so that we might stand firm for Jesus. Only as we remind ourselves of such things as our election (1 Peter 1:2–5), the power of the Gospel (vv. 23–25), our status as God’s people (2:4–10), the substitutionary atonement (vv. 24–25), and our union with Christ (3:18–22) will we be convinced that our confession is worth dying for. Spend some time today meditating on these great truths. View Resource

  • Hope in Suffering Devotional

    1 Peter 5:12

    Take some time today to ask yourself: “Where does my hope lie?” Does it lie in your being accepted by this world, or have you placed your hope in Christ alone and in your citizenship in His kingdom? Read through 1 Peter and ask God to begin to impress upon your mind and heart the message of the apostle. Ask Him to enable you to place your hope in Him alone and to stand firm as you live as an exile in this fallen world. View Resource