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Read Introduction to 1 Peter
 

“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

 

and settle you

“Settle” means to lay a foundation (Luke 21:14).

And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:25).

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17).

“If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister” (Colossians 1:23).

God will settle you down as on a foundation. He will fasten you to the ground and fix you as a substructure. The Lord will settle your heart. He is the underpinning of your heart.

PRINCIPLE:

God is in the business of settling our hearts down.

APPLICATION:

God will fasten us in the ground or fix us as on a spiritual foundation. We ground or establish our faith in the bedrock of trust in God during affliction. It is there we discover the great truth of God’s grace in our most significant trials.

God can settle you and put you into the realm of stability. God can make you reliable and consistent, even under great duress. Having done this, you will not go off on one extreme or another. You will last. You may not be sensational. Some of us are like jackrabbits. We bound ahead, but then we go asleep along the road like the rabbit in the fable. Others of us are like the turtle that keeps plodding along. We never know where the spiritual jackrabbit is going. True, sometimes they make great leaps and break all records, but they fall asleep holding their record book.

The Lord Jesus will calm your spirit. Do you have a bad temper? He will cool it down. He will quiet your soul.

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