EVERY PROMISE FROM GOD REQUIRES THAT WE DO SOMETHING TO OBTAIN THE GIFT !!!
The Bible is the only reliable place to go where everyone can find the truth about any subject… But, it all depends on one thing and that is which Bible that you choose to use. The number of bibles that exist today is staggering, but we have already discussed this issue and have explained that the only inspired translation is the Authorized KJV. Any other translation does not give us the miraculous aspects of the KJV and so we cannot rely on the information given. Now, having established this fact, let us go to the Bible and see what we sometimes forget and these are the promises given to us by God. Although there are many promises, let us examine just one and see what we can understand and learn from this one promise.
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
This certainly is an all encompassing promise that tells us that we need not worry about anything, but just give to Him all of our concerns. But, first we must discover to whom Peter is speaking. Peter tells us in the beginning of his message to whom these words apply.
1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,….”
So we see here that Peter is giving this information to the “elect” which is a description not used too often which indicates the importance of these select individuals chosen by God and probably guaranteed entrance into Heaven. Peter is telling these individuals that they should give all of their concerns to God and not worry about anything, and then he goes on and tells them why…
1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
There is quite a lot of information given to us in these few short verses, which is not unusual with all the verses in the Bible, but exactly what it means we can discover by contemplation and reasonable conclusions.First, we find out that his audience is a select group of individuals and this promise applies to them. But, since we do not know if we are one of the elect, we should assume that we are for our own sakes just in case that we are.
So, God tells His elect not to concern themselves with anything and that certainly would make life pretty nice, but there may also be a condition to this promise even to the elect. In the next few verses, Paul tells us of the devil and how he will devour us if given the chance. He then tells us to resist him and that just might be an important condition to this promise of a care free life. We all have a part to play in all things given to us by God, but unfortunately, we seem to fail in most of these aspects which are generally extremely simple and easy.
We have been speaking about resisting Satan in many posts and yet few, if any, actually see the attack and do nothing about it. Dismissing these attacks may be the easiest thing to do but by doing so, we may also be dismissing a requirement for a trouble free life. As we study the promises of God, we will always find that there is something that we must do in order to obtain the promise. We see this also when Jesus would perform a miracle and cure the ailments of the people that came to Him for help. There was always something that the person had to do to complete the process. The blind man had to go wash his eyes, and for the most part, the task was as simple as that. Resisting Satan is a never ending task and many benefits offered to us depend on our constant vigilance and resistance to satanic attacks. It does not matter how small or seemingly insignificant satanic attacks may seem to be, they will all lead to the same thing in the end and that is disaster. As a Christian, we all have a responsibility to resist Satan every time he attempts to influence us and by not doing so, we could very easily be missing out on a much easier life !!!