Simon Says – Part 10
This message will be helpful for you in your quest to become deeply loving and spiritually healthy and strong. There are specific instructions and scriptural advice for how we can become these types of people.
Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter
1 Peter 2:1-3 Going Up
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – March 22nd, 2015
- The primary focus point and goal of Peter’s thoughts is that we will “love each other deeply, from the heart”.
- In order for this to be a reality in our lives we are to “cleans ourselves by obeying the truth” and be born again.
- Those who live love to give . . . .
- To go deeper – go higher
- In this passage we see specifically what we need to do.
Clean up your heart
1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Rid yourself of the “Filthy Five”
- We need to put away “all” of these things . . . . the whole part – not just some of it . . .
- Malice – Evil, Harmful, wicked, injurious . . .
- Deceit – Decoy, Craftiness, Trick (as in to bait people), entice, entrap, insincerity . . .
- Hypocrisy – Being or acting falsely, make believe or pretend . . .
- Envy – Jealousy, spite, ill will . . .
- Slander – Backbiting, evil speaking, defaming
- Why should we get rid of these things? Because they are lethally destructive to relationships and reputations
- Family, Friends, acquaintances
- You will not experience love at a deep and significant level if you allow these poisons in your life.
Fuel up your life
1 Peter 2:2a (NIV)
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk
- What are you putting into your life? What is your mind and spirit “feeding on”?
- We fuel ourselves with so much junk –
- Looks good, tastes good, but it is not what we need
- Not just the information and images but it is the philosophies and mindsets
- What do you crave?
- To change your taste is will take time
- Why is this so important? Because what you ingest you will digest and what you digest you will manifest
Grow up in your salvation
1 Peter 2:2b – 3 (NIV)
So that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
- You will never grow in your salvation if you continue to dine on things that are impure.
- God’s desire and goal for us is maturity – and those who are mature love deeply.
- Getting saved is the starting line
- After conversion – our lives should be marked by continual growth.
- Newborns are great and exciting . . . . but . . .
1 Cor 14:20-21 NIV
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
Eph 4:11-16 NIV
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
- Time to grow up – understand some things – go deep in them
- The Lord is good
- Imagine your life . . .
- Imagine your relationships . . .
- Imagine this church . . .
- Imagine this community . . .
- To go deeper, go higher
- Clean up your heart
- Fuel up your life
- Grow up in your salvation
- Prayer People and pray