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Being Steadfast – Day 3

1 Peter 5:10

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.

profileI don’t usually write a devotional thought on Saturdays.  I don’t usually proof text either.  But today as I was doing my personal devotions I searched for a Scripture that spoke about being steadfast or to persevere.  I found this one.

Here it is in partial context.  1 Peter 5:6-11 – 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 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. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

As I walk through my November Fast (actually started on October 31st) my goal is a deeper walk with Jesus of course – but a side benefit and one that is a major side benefit – is a changed lifestyle when it comes to me eating habits.  Only 2 days in – starting my 3rd day – I am already craving something salty (snack) or something sweet (snickers bar).

I’m glad I came upon this passage in my searching.  It just might become my theme Scripture during the fast.  The devil is prowling around – hiding in the frig – in the pantry – in my office even.  I must resist him and stand firm while I suffer (lol).  And the God of all grace, who called me to his eternal glory in Christ, after I have suffered a little while, will himself restore me and make me strong, firm and steadfast.

It is not by accident that I have chosen Thanksgiving month to pray and fast!  My hope is that I will walk closer and closer with Jesus during this month and that it will propel me to an amazing growth in my walk with Him.

Have you joined me in the November Fast?  If so what are you fasting from and how is your walk with Jesus going?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 2, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Theology

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