Prepare Your Minds for Action
1 Peter 1:13-22
Bible Reading before lesson – 1 Peter 1:3-12
A. Peter wrote those words to encourage the Christians of his time
B. They were facing terrible persecutions and trial
C. Would they deny their beliefs in order to avoid persecution?
D. Told them – “the */proof of their faith/* more precious than gold…may be found to */result in PRAISE and GLORY and HONOR/*” when the Lord returns (1:7)
E. Reminded them of the preciousness and value of their salvation
/**/How would they stand the test?/*
G. THE WORLD WE LIVE IN IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE HOSTILE TO PEOPLE OF FAITH
H. Peter reminds them that /it is often the battle in the mind that is the most important/!
/**/Faced with persecution and trial will we pass the test?/*
!! 1. Prepare your minds for action (13)
KJV – “gird up the loins of your mind” – explain the tunic – ready for battle, work
Roll up your sleeves – get ready to work
We must prepare our minds for the battles we face – persecution and trials are coming!!
#. *How do we do that*…how do we roll up the sleeves of our mind??
!! 2. Keep(ing) sober (13)
Carries the idea of self-controlled
#. “the opposite of every kind of fuzziness” (Kittle 633)
Clear-headed, on the alert (Qualification for elders (Timothy – Titus))
Argues against social drinking (causes “fuzziness”)
Why is it so important to keep a clear-head about you?
*1 Peter 5:8* - /8//B//e of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour./
We need to understand that the Adversary – Satan – is out there waiting
Lion hiding in the grass in Africa – one moment off your guard and it would be over
How often do we commit sin in a moment of carelessness?
f. WE PREPARE OUR MINDS FOR ACTION WHEN - WE KEEP OUR HEADS CLEAR AND ALERT TO DANGER
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3. Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (13)
a. J Fix your hope – place your complete confidence in this
1. J What do we fix our hopes on?
a. JPossessions - JRiches
b. JThat Big Payoff – ship coming in, promotion at work
c. JYourself – the selfmade man problem
d. JOther People – the preacher – Bereans (Acts 17:11)
/**/There is too much at stake here/*
JThis is the final gift of God to those who love and follow Him
1. the realization of the grace that has been promised
JIt is that inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled – reserved for you in heaven (vs4)
JIt is that salvation ready to be revealed (vs5)
JGrace is realized when we hear – “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Master” – Matthew 25:21
b. JDo not be conformed to your former lusts (14)
JFormer way of life
Old self died to these sins (Romans 6)
2. Reminder of where we have been and come from
J “which were yours in your ignorance…”
There was a time when we were ignorant of God’s will for our lives
J “as obedient children…”
1. Obedient children follow the direction of their parents even when their inclination is to do otherwise
JJohn 14:15 - “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
c. WE PREPARE OUR MINDS FOR ACTION WHEN - WE HAVE OUR SIGHTS SET ON THE RIGHT GOAL – HEAVEN
a. JBUT – connects this with the former condition just mentioned - contrast
We need to conform ourselves to holiness
b. J “…in *ALL* your behavior.”
– We need to be striving for purity in all areas of life
J James 1:21 - 21Therefore, */putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness/*, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
J 2 Corinthians 7:1) - 1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us */cleanse ourselves from all defilement/* of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
J 1 John 3:3 - And everyone who has this */hope fixed/* on Him purifies himself, */just as He is pure/*.
/*WE PREPARE OUR MINDS FOR ACTION WHEN - WE ARE STRIVING FOR PURITY AND HOLINESS IN ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES
5. JConduct yourself in fear during the time of your stay on earth (17)
a. Sometimes we fear men more than we fear God
We are reminded that our time here is temporary - Philippians 3:20
JWho Do We Fear?
1. JNeighbors, Friends and Family?
a. JWe have to live next door to them…we need to get along