THEME: LIFE AND DEATH
1 Peter 4:1-6
“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, 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. 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. 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. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”
–Jesus Christ became sin so that He may redeem us from the work of the flesh. He suffered in the flesh for He had no sin and did not live according to the fleshly desires of men but lived according to the will of God. Jesus is our perfect example of what we Christians ought to do. We are called to die to sin and all fleshly desires and lusts. This may cause the world to think of us who have rejected the worldly lusts as foolish or as dead. Nevertheless, according to God, we are alive in Christ and in His Spirit. The word of God reminds us that, those who walk in the flesh will be judged according to their fleshly selves as they had walked. Let us then be encouraged in the Lord to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh which leads to death. Once we give our lives to Christ we have let go of all the past sinful ways and desires. We begin to walk in God’s will just as Christ did. We therefore are not meant to look back like the way Lot’s wife did when they came out of Sodom and she became a pillar of salt, but we are meant to move forward pressing on to the higher calling and in the light of God. Let us rejoice for after all this we have an assurance of greater hope in Christ. For no matter what, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Truly despite any affliction we may face, greater is He in us than He who is in the world. For He who has chosen us and called us is able. He is a faithful God and blessed are those who put their trust in God and not in the worldly desires.
Dear Almighty Father we come to You with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts. We thank You for You love us and have called us to Yourself. You set us apart for Yourself and made us a new generation, a royal priesthood and a holy nation, and all praise belongs to You. You have loved us and washed us with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You have set great plans for us and we choose to trust in You oh Lord. Jesus we humbly ask You to forgive us and cleanse us from all sin and iniquity. We ask You for Your grace to reject sin and walk in Your ways. Father may You guide us and help us to hear Your voice always and follow You. May You touch the hearts of all those who do not know You dear Jesus and lead them in the way of salvation. May You touch the hearts of all those who are separated and divorced, and reunite them according to Your will. May You remember all those who are sick and suffering, and heal them. May You encourage those who have lost hope with Your peace that surpasses all understanding. May You heal our wounds, physical, emotional, financial, psychological and revive us. May You heal our land dear Jesus we humbly implore You. We ask You to prosper all plans and hearts desires, and make a way for us where there seems to be no way. May You do a new thing in our lives, families, children, businesses, education, society and nation. May You enlighten our steps and make everything new in Your name. We claim Your victory in every situation for we are more than conquerors in You dear Jesus. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Romans 12:8-14
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