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1 Peter – Starting Over 1 Peter 1:14

31 Mar
Photo Credit: blog.loukavar.com

Photo Credit: blog.loukavar.com

 

Scripture Text

1 Pe 1:14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

Introduction

What if we were given a chance to start over?  Knowing everything we know now we get the chance to start again; would we do it?  This isn’t some fairytale, it is our post today. We can start over.  So are you interested?  Okay, hang on then.

V.14 – Children of God

Ever been in a grocery store and see a child throwing a fit wanting candy or a toy?  Even worse is when the parent gives in buying the child whatever they were screaming for.

Peter challenges us in this verse to be obedient children.  This isn’t as easy as we might think.  When we were young we wanted to grow up; after we grew up and began dealing with the pressures of life we wished we were back at the home place where life was much simpler.  I have seen this attitude in the work place where a person of importance grew tired of the supervisory demands and wanted to step back to a time when the demands were not so tough.  In either case, if we tried such a thing, we quickly want to start giving orders again.  Once we taste what it’s like to be in charge we find it hard to let go of that control.  When we are saved we truly start over again which is why we use the term “born again” to describe being saved.  Not only do we have to learn about God we have to unlearn all the bad habits we picked up before we were saved.  This is not easy.  We resist the idea of being back in a submissive role dependent upon others. How do we get past all these insecurities and become obedient children?  I’ll answer that with a question: what does a good father provide his children?  The answer is safety, provision and love.  When we feel safe and secure, when we feel loved, it is easy to submit. That is our answer; if we put our trust in our Heavenly Father He will provide us safety, provision and love.

Closing Thoughts

The latter part of the verse tells us not to look back.  Once we trust in Jesus looking back can only cause us misery.  Satan will try to get us to remember past events that seemed so much fun.  (Sin can be fun for a time before we have to pay the piper.)  But, if we have committed to the Christian life, we must learn to put the past behind us and live God’s way.  Only in submission to God will we find safety, provision and love.

Until Night,

A Servant

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11 responses to “1 Peter – Starting Over 1 Peter 1:14

  1. katebortell

    March 31, 2014 at 8:22 am

    When i am filled with the Holy Spirit nothing i did in my past that was sinful can tempt me. Its an awesome experience and a feeling i hope to never lose.
    Katie

     
    • A Servant

      March 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

      The new man is hard to describe to someone who has not experienced that transformation that comes by believing in Jesus Christ.
      Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great day.

       
  2. Skye

    March 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Amen. As usual, this is spot on and just what I needed to hear. Thank you! Happy Monday!!

     
    • A Servant

      March 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

      God is good every day. Have a great day Skye.

       
  3. Elaine

    April 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Wonderful message Dennis. I enjoy reading what you share with your Bible studies. Keep them coming!

     
  4. SLIMJIM

    April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Good study brother. The word picture I get from the image of a child being disobedient is fresh on my memory after a recent trip to the Groceries. I also imagine children whose parents I know disciplined them and there’s a childlike wonderful obedience in their spirit and disposition. May we all have childlike love and trust in God when we obey Him…what a good point that this verse points out =)

     
    • A Servant

      April 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I think the child in the store is something everyone has seen or experienced. Now if we can transition that image, as you slmentioned, to what we look like in our complaints to God. This is a relationship we are talking about, not rituals.
      I hope you have a good day and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

       
  5. laurenkasparian

    April 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    “If we have committed to the Christian life, we must learn to put the past behind us and live God’s way.”

    Amen! I love that! What a blessing it is to know that through Jesus Christ we can truly become new. So glad I came across this!

     
    • A Servant

      April 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Welcome to our site Lauren and thank you for the kind words. We were bought with a price… We are God’s children now and there should be a marked difference in us. Certainly the world is expecting a change.

       
  6. A Fellow Servant

    April 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    As Paul said, Romans 6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    This reminds me of the day commemorated as Juneteenth. Why? Well, as the story goes, General Granger from the Union was sent to Galveston, Texas in June of 1865 in order to let slaves know that they were free and no longer have to serve their old masters. The interesting thing about this is they had legally been free for two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and even more so after April of 1865 when General Lee signed the surrender. They were still serving as slaves even though they were free.

    Sometimes we need reminding like you did for us today, that we are no longer slaves to sin but free and therefore should no longer serve the old man or that old master, sin.

     

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