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Sin, Spiritual Gifts, and Salvation

October 12, 2014

1 Peter 4 NLT

1pet4-10

1-3

So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.

Good Morning Men!

I was reading through this chapter this morning and found many powerful nuggets but I wanted to share a couple with you. My hope and my prayer for this message is that you will chew on this Word, meditate on it, and that it will challenge and encourage you.

Verses 1-3 are talking about how we should be living, Jesus Christ suffered on that cross over 2000 years ago, for you and me. He counted everything else as worthless, in order that you and I may find eternal life, and forgiveness of our sins through Him. Jesus knew that the temporary pleasures of this earthly life were no comparison to what lay ahead.

We need this mindset.

We need to know that the pleasures, pains and discomforts of this life are so temporary. When we can really grab that we will be “finished with sin”. This is referring to the sin that so easily entangles us (Hebrews 12:1),  the sin that pulls us away from our walk with God. He will never leave us or forsake us, but we can be really good at walking away from Him, worse yet, then we blame HIM.

7-8

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

As we all can see, things are not getting any better in the world. Sin is getting more rampant, selfies and technology are creating a culture that is focused on self, and self accomplishing self.

So we must be prayer warriors. Praying in and for all things.

We must also move past our bitterness, and unforgiveness towards those that have wronged us and pray for the love of God to fill our hearts, then we will “cover a multitude of sins”.

10-11

10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

As clear as day, right here brothers, God has given all of us at least one gift! What is yours!?

If you don’t know search for it. What do you enjoy doing? And what part of that joy, brings Glory to God through Jesus Christ?

Find your gift men, use it for God. God will bless you in it because it will be exactly where He wants you to be!

17-19

17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? 18 And also,

“If the righteous are barely saved,
    what will happen to godless sinners?”

19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

I don’t know about you, but verse 18 is heavy!

Men if we can follow this recipe above, our lives will align more and more with God’s holy, pleasing and perfect will. It takes work, it takes discipline and most importantly it takes dying to self. Be an example of Jesus Christ by living and dying for others. When we die to ourselves we are stepping into the role that Jesus Christ modeled for us to follow! He is so worth it, the life that follows will be so worth it!

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One Comment
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    I love that last part of verse 19 where it boldly states to trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.

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