1 Peter 4:1-6

Simon Says, Part 22

Do you have trouble following God’s will for your life?  In this message we learn essential steps in following after God.

NOTES:

Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter

1 Peter 4:1-6, Walking in the Will of God, Part 1

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – July 12th, 2015

 

Intro:

  • When you become a Christian you commit yourself to Christ and to follow his will for your life
  • Today and next Sunday we are going to talk about what it takes to do this and how we can practically do so.
  • Every Christian can follow God’s perfect will for their life by choosing not to participate in sinful behavior and by persevering through the negative social consequences of so doing.
  • Follow God’s perfect will by choosing suffering over sin and persevering through pain.

 

Follow God’s perfect will

  • First and unfortunately I have to convince you and me that following God’s will is the best for us.
  • Because when we sin, we are saying that our will is better than Gods . . .
  • This was the original lie in the beginning and it is still told over and over again and this is the lie that we tell ourselves . . . this really is rebellion . . . for all sin is rebellion against God . . .
  • So the question is . . . is God good and can we trust Him?

 

Ps 112

Praise the Lord!

How joyful are those who fear the Lord

and delight in obeying his commands.

2 Their children will be successful everywhere;

an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.

3 They themselves will be wealthy,

and their good deeds will last forever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.

They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.

5 Good comes to those who lend money generously

and conduct their business fairly.

6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.

Those who are righteous will be long remembered.

7 They do not fear bad news;

they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

8 They are confident and fearless

and can face their foes triumphantly.

9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.

Their good deeds will be remembered forever.

They will have influence and honor.

10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.

They will grind their teeth in anger;

they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

 

  • So the will of God is the best thing for us . . . period.
  • And part of the will of God is to suffer . . . because this is what Jesus did also.

 

1 Peter 4:1-2

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

 

So we follow God’s perfect will by choosing suffering over sin

  • Since Christ suffered in the body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude
    • Prepare yourselves to suffer . . . . (tough mudder) . . . embrace it
  • Because if you choose to suffer you will be done with sin
    • So this is suffering by choosing not to participate with sin . . .
      • We normally don’t think of suffering this way
      • So if you choose to embraces it rather than evil human desires, . . . you will be choosing to follow the will of God . . .

 

1 Peter 4:3

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what Godless people choose to do — participating in unrestrained behavior, lusts, drunkenness, wild parties and lawless idolatry.

 

  • Unrestrained behavior . . . not thinking about any consequences to others, etc. . . .
  • Lusts . . .
  • Drunkenness . . .
  • Wild parties . . .
  • Lawless idolatry . . .
  • Consuming and being consumed . . . .
  • So he is saying don’t participate in these things and when you do so, people will not understand and come against you . . . there will be social consequences . . .

 

So we follow God’s perfect will by choosing suffering over sin and persevering through pain

 

1 Peter 4:4-6

They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

 

  • And people will think that it is strange that you don’t do what you use to do when you were with them in the past . . .
    • Your friends and family may not understand why you no longer grab all that you can in this life without regard for the next. “come on” they will say. “What happened – loosen up look out for your own happiness. Pursue some pleasure. Live a little!”
  • and they will heap abuse on you . . .
  • They will (and we will) have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead . . .
    • So don’t return evil for evil . . . keep doing what is right no matter the social consequences
    • And don’t heap abuse of them for what they do . . . this is what people do who don’t have the spirit of Christ in them . . . .so them a better way.
  • Men will judge us according to the body (things done on earth) . . . but we are to live according to God in regard to the spirit . . .
  • Continue to persevere through pain . . . many people give in over time . . . .
    • Connect with people who are striving to do the same thing as you . . . we are a new community . . . and the next verses tell us what to now do with our lives once we know what not to do . . .

 

Conclusion

  • Follow God’s perfect will by choosing suffering over sin and persevering through pain.
  • Next week we will talk about what we are to do with our lives.
  • Prayer people and pray