Morning Devotion: Read I Peter I

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.

Knowing the blessings we have in Christ Jesus through the gospel, we are to gird up our lions and be sober hoping, looking for the return of Jesus. It is during this time that we live for the Lord as we wait for the Lord.

Being sober minded is a mind that is clear and without hindrances.  In other words, we don’t need drugs or alcohol or anything else to help us cope. Our coping mechanism is Jesus. Our coping mechanism is the word of God. That is where we find our hope.

As believers we often sing this song which reveals where our true hope is.

Christ is all I need, Christ is all I need – All, all I need.  Christ is all I need, Christ is all I need – All, all I need. He was crucified, for me he died on Calvary. That He love me so, this is why I know Christ is all I need.  

Hebrews 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,…

With that one truth we strengthen the lions of our mind and live soberly while we wait in hope.

While we wait, we live holy lives, not like we did before we were saved for that was nothing more than bondage unto death. No, we live in newness of life for we are Christian, Christ like.

1 Peter 1:14  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.

While we wait, we wait with a sober mind, in holy conversation. That word conversation simply means manner of living. In other words, we live our everyday lives in holiness to the Lord.

Holiness is not pictured as some pope or priest or father walking around in some priestly garb with their hands folded and looking pious. No, holiness is simply living and walking with Jesus.

Holiness is being a true, genuine believer and living as such, as Jesus did.

Colossians 2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Holiness is not as Galatians 5:19 says: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Living in holiness is quite to opposite. Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

When Peter says “so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” he is talking about everything you do, everything you say and everything you think. He is talking about being Christian.

Acts 11:26b… And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

They were called Christian because they lived so close to the Lord that the non-believer called them Christian, not as praise but in mockery. Does your life reveal Christ to those around you? Does the world see a difference in you, or are you just like everyone else? What does your manner of living or your “conversation” say about you?

1 Peter 1:15  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.

Only the Lord Jesus Christ can save you and change you and make you a new creature, a different person.

My believing friend, be holy, live holy, hope to the end even in the manyfold temptations.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook