1 Peter 4:1-5 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
The first thing we learned in our quest to become blameless children of God was, if you play with fire you get burned. Lesson number two in becoming blameless is to get over your past. We cannot continue the things we once walked in, we cannot return to those things Jesus has freed us from, and we cannot allow the very things that will destroy us to even come close to having the opportunity. There are so many things to point out in this scripture, let us break down each element of the scripture with precision:
1. Because Jesus suffered in the flesh; therefore, we must be prepared to suffer in the
2. If we are willing to suffer in the flesh, we will remove sin from our life. We must be
willing to say no! It main be difficult and it may be hard to do; however, it is what we
3. Saying no to the sin in your life today empowers you to say no tomorrow. Saying no
today empowers you to live for Christ and not the lusts of this world. God's will can
and will become your will.
4. We have spent enough time walking in sin. The sinful life is over we are to walk in
the glory of Jesus Christ and we are to give Him everything in our being.
5. We should be making decisions and saying no to sin and yes to the kingdom work
to such an extent that people think you to be strange because of your love of God.
Who thinks your love for Jesus is so radical they call you strange. Please understand
how perfect that lines up with Jesus saying that we are to be sanctified, set apart
6. The scripture tells us here that sin leads to dissipation, which is the lessening or
withering away of the effect of the Holy Spirit. Sin enters the effect of the Holy Spirt
on your life dissipates. It will be evident in your actions.
7. In the end you and I will stand before Jesus Christ and we will answer for what we
have done. So will those who reject Jesus and refuse to surrender to Him. Because
of our love for Jesus Christ and our understanding of what He has done in and
through our lives, we must have a heart that diligently seeks Jesus. We must
respect what He has done in such way that we walk worthy of being His child. Don't
be a warning label Christian today. Put aside those lusts of this world, instead love Jesus today. Allow Him work through, This happens when you are obedient. it happens
when you say No to self and yes to Jesus.
Brother Big Daddy