Five Application Points from 1 Peter

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16

5 application points from 1 Peter.

  1. Prepare your mind for action (verse 13): Obedience is a conscious act of the will, the free will, you were given at birth.  You either choose to obey the Word of God and His commands or you choose the road of disobedience.  When you face trials and conflicts in life, prepare to give an action because you have prepped yourself for the unexpected.  Satan’s curve balls mean nothing when you have prepared your mind to act according to what the Word of God says.  Having trouble knowing what the Word of God says?  Read it.  Understanding the Bible is the start of knowing what God wants for you and your response in daily decision making.
  2. Be self-controlled (verse 13):  The word that Peter uses here in the original language means to be free from every form of mental and spiritual “drunkenness”.  Think of this like integrity.  Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody else is looking.  Your self-control makes you aware of what you are filling your life with.  Think constantly, “Am I doing something right now that God hates?”  End your self destruction by embracing the ability to control yourself.  It takes discipline and a desire but its crucial to finding the pure joy that only God give.  We must not be controlled by what is happening externally but embrace the leading of the Holy Spirit internally.
  3. Set your hope on the grace that will come (verse 13): A Holy life means that we are determined to accomplish God’s will on earth.  Our hope must be set perfectly on the grace of God and the promise that Christ will again return someday soon.  Four times Peter talked about Jesus coming back in his first epistle.  Do you think he’s ready for Christ’s return?  Are you?  Where is your perspective on the things that are happening around you?  Is it resting in the things in heaven or buried under the things on earth.
  4. Do not conform to your old self: the sinful nature (verse 14):  Refuse to return to your old self.  The man chalked full of sin and disobedience is dead when you’re a new creation in Christ.  Forget about him, he’s no good anyway.  A bad influence that became extinct.  Eliminate him from your memory!  As obedient children, you are now called as Christians to “be holy” in ALL you do.  Our lifestyles are to mimic and mirror that of Jesus Christ. Period.
  5. Be Holy (verse 16): This command is familiar to all the people who new living in the Old Testament.  Simple truth.  Easy to say, difficult to live out.

Raise the bar.  Aim for the heavens.  Be conformed to the image of Christ. Experience a life that is compared to none other.

Application of the Word is crucial to understanding the text.

Be “doers” of the Word!

-jordan

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