Walk with GodBro. David Chancellor
10/11/2009 11:00 AM
1 Peter 4:1-5
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
Peter spoke of Christ’s suffering and that we will suffer too. Our walk with God is more than just therapy. He is the way, the truth and the life. The way of Christ and the way of the world aren’t compatible. There will be times when you and the world are at odds. Because of this, there will be things to suffer. This suffering is what we deal with for choosing to do what’s right. Living for Christ is about being accountable to God. Everyone needs to know God because everyone is going to meet him.
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec, Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
This talks about Christ. Jesus asked God if they could do things another way, but he submitted to God’s will. God heard Jesus’ prayer. Jesus experienced the meaning of obedience when he went to the cross. We are called to obey God even though the world is traveling a different path. We have to choose what’s right.
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. but when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall loose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Jesus tried to help them see what was coming. Peter looked at things from a human viewpoint. Taking up the cross was an act of obedience on Jesus’ part. We also have to choose obedience in the face of suffering. The world would try to make you ashamed of your stand for what’s true and right. Get settled that you will know, understand and do what’s right. When you choose to follow God, you’ll encounter questions. Commit to obey God even in the face of suffering. God’s way is still best. The suffering may feel like failure, but God has a way of turning things around when we obey.
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
We’re walking for spiritual ends. "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…" All things that would turn us against Christ must be defeated. Bring everything, all thoughts, into obedience to Christ. Adjust your life to the word of God because it’s right. There are some things you have to do because they’re right.
2 Timothy 3:10-15
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra: what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Paul encouraged Timothy to stand. There are things we have to go through. God can deliver from persecutions and trials in ways beyond what we can comprehend. Be faithful. Your life is in conflict with the world. Be committed to walk with God whatever the cost.