Most gracious and holy Father, we come with thankful hearts upon bended knees with our eyes lifted to the source of all our hope. We realize our only help is in thee. You formed usin the womb and walked with us all our days, our every footstep thou hast known, and our secret sins are before your eyes. Your mercy has kept us, your grace has been poured out like mighty waters upon our souls and your hand guided us when we had gone astray. We are appreciative that you hear the voice of your children and we know that whatever we need you promised to supply, that there is no shortage of your power and we lay all our joys and sorrows at the altar of divine supply. Father look upon our frame you made us in your image send healing, regulate our mind take away all doubt and fear, and guide us to the hill from whence comes our help. Let us drink from the fountain of thy throne from which flow all the heavenly graces, restore the one fallen by the wayside, lift up the wounded and hurting that see no reason to go on, help us to stand strong in our faith when pain and sorrow is all we see, be a friend to the lonely that may sit in darkness of despair, and stand in us giving peace in the worst of trials. Father hold our families in your mighty hand of care, guide them and keep them safe, bless them to the fourth and fifth generation, let none be lost. Though our temptations and trials are many we know you will visit us in time of our misery and be our salvation. We wait upon thee and we will not be made ashamed. AMEN.

Rev. Charles Valentine, Jr.

Grace given to Humble    

Peter in this chapter introduces us to his excellent teaching on Humility. Which ought to be one of the Godly traits all Christians should be striving to obtain. That is a mind ruled by the spirit of humility. Lost in today's society is the character trait of humility. If a person is said to humble, people think of them as weak, timid, a groveling worm, a jelly fish that allows others to walk all over them. But that's not the humility of the bible. Its knowing who you are and whose you are and who hold the reins.  A humble person is modest and is not puffed up by the feeling of their own importance.

            But in our text, Peter exhorts the Elders of the church with all humility to teach the word of God feed the flock of God which is among you.  Peter one that was a part of the inner circle who witness the suffering of our Christ, walked and talked with Jesus encourages the elders.  He tells them to be subject to one another and too clothed themselves with the garments of humility.  Why? God resisteth the proud, and gives grace to the humble?


Rev. Charles valentine, Jr.

Andrew Murray said,

"The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten because ... he has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and who sought not His own honor. Therefore, in putting on the Lord Jesus Christ he has put on the heart of compassion, kindness, meekness, longsuffering, and humility."