What To Do With The Devil

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 5:8-11 The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. (The Message) The Message translator personalizes our spiritual enemy by capitalizing his name-Devil. In the Bible he is called trouble-maker, adversary, deceiver, prince of unseen and awesome powers. Contemporary culture in the USA often treats the Devil as a mythological, frivolous joke. Numerous movies seem to portray the Devil as a destructive, devouring, confusing, strike-‘em-dead, personal force. I think …

Humility, a Cure for Anxiety

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 5:5-7 . . . be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God . . . (will) promote you at the right time. (The Message) Much of our anxiety and inner restlessness is a direct result of our pride. We are filled with angst, tight as a drum, because of ill-conceived ambition. Peter nails youth on this issue but they are not the lone offenders. In an age of sophisticated conceit, we all …

Serve Spontaneously

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-4 . . . care for God’s flock . . . not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. (v. 2, The Message) These verses remind me of my missionary colleague Sam. He not only served the Mayan people group (Tzeltal) with diligence and a tender touch, but Sam was always quick to help me too-to grab my heavy bags, load heavy boxes, open doors. He was always alert to pitch in, …

Status or Shame?

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 4:12-19 . . . Christian . . . be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name. (v. 16, The Message) We all want at least a little fame in life and no shame. Most of us don’t get much fame but we are eager to protect what dignity we have. Shame often comes to us unfairly and leaves us unprotected. Then too we bring shame on ourselves when we deny our dignity by sub-Christian, …