Are you sober?

In 1 Peter 1:13, Peter writes: “Therefore gird up your minds for action, keep sober in spirit.” This is the second step to fixing your hope. Whereas the way Peter puts the first phrase, gird up, it is like a once and for all kind of commitment, this one he expresses as an ongoing action. We decide that we are going to live like Jesus is coming back and then we maintain that by working hard at continually staying sober in spirit. Which I think here is an image. Staying sober. I am sure Peter doesn’t us want to get … Continue reading Are you sober?

Fixing your hope

It is one thing to have a lot of biblical knowledge about what God is going to do in the future, it is another to have that knowledge shape your entire way of looking at the world. What does it look like to fix your hope on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ? There’s a sense in which the whole book of 1 Peter is basically written to answer that very question actually. It is like an exposition of what it means to fix your hope on the return of Christ. Throughout this … Continue reading Fixing your hope

7 encouragements for people who are in difficult relationships

Seven. God has proven to you that He is able to use mistreatment and injustice to accomplish your good and His glory. He hasn’t just told you and shown you how to respond. He’s given you proof that He’s worthy of your trust. This is not pie in the sky stuff. Where you just have to sit there and hope that maybe this is something that can work out for good. WE HAVE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PROOF THAT GOD IS ABLE TO TAKE INJUSTICE AND USE IT FOR GOOD. And that’s obviously what happened with Jesus on the cross. That … Continue reading 7 encouragements for people who are in difficult relationships

7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

Six. God has not left you on your own to figure out how to respond in the difficult situation your are facing. You haven’t been dropped in the middle of a jungle with just a pat on the back and no map how to get out. It may feel like that. But you’ve got some tremendous resources straight from God Himself. Like 1 Peter. He’s given you instruction obviously in a book like 1 Peter how to respond, but you know he’s done more than that. He’s also given you a person. To say it another way, He doesn’t only … Continue reading 7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

Four. Whatever is happening is not just about you and the person that you are struggling with, it is about you and your relationship to the Lord. It’s interesting to watch how often the writers of Scripture connect our relationship with others to our relationship with God. For example this is something Peter brings out in verse 13 of chapter 1 Peter 2, where he writes, “Be subject.” Reason. “For the Lord’s sake.” Then in verse 15, as he continues his exhortation, he writes “For this is the will of God, that by doing good…” It is not just about … Continue reading 7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

#3 Your situation is one God can use to accomplish a whole lot of good. For example, if you look at 1 Peter 2 I think you can see at least two ways God can use your difficult circumstances to accomplish good. To start with in verse 12 of chapter 2, there’s the transformation of unbelievers. There were people who were speaking against Christians as evildoers being transformed to the point where they end up glorifying God on the day of visitation, which is you know a big change. That is something that Peter comes back to again in chapter … Continue reading 7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

Encouragement #2 Your situation is one God can and will use to bring Himself glory. There are many different ways God can bring Himself glory through difficult relationships. We see one of those ways in 1 Peter 2:12 where Peter writes, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” While Peter is not promising that this will happen, he certainly views it as something that can happen. One of the ways God might glorify Himself through your particular … Continue reading 7 encouragements for people in difficult relationships

Scaring ourselves…

In order to motivate us to lives of reverent fear, Peter reminds us of our redemption.  I think if you look at the text, you will see that Peter highlights three realities in particular that we must consider if we are going to appreciate our redemption. First, we must consider the plight from which we have been redeemed. In the Old Testament people were redeemed from debt, captivity, slavery, exile, and even potential execution.  In the New Testament it is much worse. The New Testament writers speak of being redeemed from a moral bondage. Here, Peter says “knowing that you … Continue reading Scaring ourselves…

1 Peter 1:3-5 part 4

A third reason for confidence has to do with what is happening in us as we follow Christ. If you want to be confident, look backwards, forwards and inwards. v. 5 Peter turns his eyes from the inheritance which of course is safe, it is in heaven to you, who might not feel quite as safe because you are here on earth and he assures you and he assures me, that not only is God keeping our inheritance, at this moment, He is presently protecting us as well. Text. “who are protected by the power of God through faith for … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 part 4

1 Peter 1:3-5 part 3

(3 reasons for worshiping God in the middle of suffering) A second reason has to do with what is going to happen when Jesus comes back. We can look back for confidence. We can look forward for confidence. Peter explains, “Blessed be…” v. 4 because he has caused us to be born again . . . “to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, unfading, reserved in heaven for you.” Inheritance meaning a possession. That we are going to receive sometime in the future. In the Old Testament this word was often used to describe the land of Canaan, the people … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:3-5 part 3