As i was praying and asking the Lord to guide my study He led me to 1 Peter 4…
NKJV 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 (spiritually), that they might be judge according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (end of chapter four)
What He was telling me, as my heart was asking but my brain was not articulating it was, do not be dismay when trials happen but go through them with patience and endurance, with the assurance you will come out of it better for having gone through them; as painful as it may be, keep the faith. Always keep Christ in my heart and mind imitating His conduct in the face of adversity, not to give up when things get rough, but stand up to truth. “Think of what Jesus suffered in this life, and then arm yourselves with the same resolution that He had“: ‘anyone who in this life has bodily suffering’ for truth, be it verbally or physical ‘has broken with sin’, because for the rest of his life on earth he is not ruled by human passions but only by the will of God, by love. His Spirit in us.
Some will not understand why you’ve refrained from certain activities, from the flood that destroys the good in you. The Gospel is true, do not become spiritually dead, but be calm and vigilant, unloading all worries on to Him since He is looking after you. It wont be long now. The world does not recognize the season it is in, prophecy is fulfilling in front of us and the Word is accessible in just about every part of the world.
Unfortunately the technology will also be used for evil as we approach the end of this earthly drama and satan’s rule. With Christ in your heart, His armor on: ‘the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness– honor, virtue, fairness, goodness, goodwill, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit’ (Ephesians 6:10-20), “the Word”, will protect your spirit if not always your body. Know that some of you will be martyr for the cause of righteousness but ‘fear not they can kill the body but not the spirit within’ (paraphrasing Matthew 10:28). The power that lifted Jesus from the grave is the same power that will raise you as well. Rejoice then in knowing God’s got your back. Glory to Him!
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For
"He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayer; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.' 1 Peter3:8-12
Be blessed as you meet the challenges facing us with grace, knowing our Redeemer is at the door. Be strong in your convictions, any weakness will give entry to doubt and doubt is our enemy. Instead put on Christ!
Thank you for visiting 🙂
Always looking up!
sources and gratitude: https://www.biblegateway.com NKJV- New King James Version and you.