Morning Devotion: Read: I Peter 1

1 Peter 1:13  ¶Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Never forget as you read this little book of I Peter, he is writing to believers who are scattered, running for their lives because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

He encourages them in their incorruptible, undefiled salvation while they are in manifold temptations. He reassures them of that the trial of their faith is ultimately a glory to God.

There are a lot of folks that believe God should remove every trial is the believer’s path and that He should make things smooth with no bumps in the road. We must also understand the trials are there refine and change you for God’s glory. That might be hard to accept if life is all about you and not all about the Lord.

1 Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

That is why God uses Peter to write a very important passage. 1 Peter 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

God encourages us to gird up the innermost sanctum of the mind, the core strength of the mind in Christ. We should be sober, clear headed and hope to the end for the grace of God that we will have when Jesus returns.

We should never return to the fashion of our former life before we were saved when we lived ignorantly without Jesus. That only causes us to blame and hate and leave the things of God rather than grow in Christ. These are called the former things, the old things we did as unsaved people.

Paul writes that we are saved from the former life. Ephesians 2:1  ¶And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4  ¶But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

We are alive in Christ not dead in sins. When the trials come, trust the Lord, never return to the old way before you were saved. Just keep trusting the Lord and hope for the glory that will be revealed in you and the grace that you will have when Jesus returns.

1 Peter 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook