1 Peter 2:2-3

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Peter 2:2-3 NKJV

As believers we need to desire the pure milk of the word.  There are false teachers out there who will distort the word of God for their own selfish means.  Many times they are driven by the love of money and will distort the word of God, appealing to the fleshly nature of people and be used by the enemy to deceive them.

We need to desire to move from the milk of God’s word to the meat of God’s word.  As we grow in our relationship with the Lord we will come to a deep understanding of His word and who He is.  This is a supernaturally process led by the Holy Spirit.  As we open our hearts more and more our hunger for the Lord and His word will continue to increase.

It is through the study of God’s word on a daily basis that growth truly takes place in our lives.  As our minds are renewed by the truth of God’s word, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord leads us one step and day at a time.  He sets a table before us daily and bids us to come and dine upon the purity of His word.

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1 Peter 3:15

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

We are called to revere the Lord.  That simply means that we are called to give Him all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  He deserves our worship and we are called to worship Him with the way we live our lives.  We are called to be living sacrifices unto the Lord.

We are called to always be prepared to give an answer.  This is only possible as we abide in Him and spend time daily in God’s word and prayer.  As we fellowship with the Lord and open our hearts to the fullness of the Holy Spirit we will be empowered to be a witness for the Lord.  For it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to be a witness and gives us the words to say.

It is important to remember to do this with gentleness and respect.  We are not called to berate people and beat them over the head with the bible.  As the Holy Spirit gives us opportunity and prepares the hearts of people we must do all things in love.  It is the kindness of God that leads people to repentance.  It is the love of Christ that will be the ultimate witness in this hour of history.

1 Peter 3:18: He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

1 Peter 3:18 NIV

Jesus suffered so that we could live forever in His kingdom.  He laid down His life so that we could be free.  He went through a gruesome death so that our sins could be forgiven.  So many times we may take this for granted, but daily we must go before the Lord in thanksgiving for all He has done for us.

We have done nothing to earn salvation but are simply saved by the grace of God.  Once we come to Christ we are called to grow in our relationship with Him.  We are called to grow in holiness and in the character and nature of Christ.  The Lord desires to transform us from the inside out, but it requires us to draw near each day through prayer and the study of His word.

It is the study of God’s word that transforms our lives.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit our lives are literal transformed.  For in Christ we are a new creation and as we draw near and abide in Him our lives are transformed.  Before we come to Christ our lives are mired in sin and unrighteousness.  Once we come to Christ our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous.  May we stand daily upon the righteousness of Christ and draw near with our whole hearts.

1 Peter 2:15-16: but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

1 Peter 2:15-16 NIV

We are never called to use the freedom we have in Christ as a cover-up for evil or to take part in wickedness.  We are called to be holy because the Lord is holy.  The natural result of growing daily in Christ is growing in holiness because we simply grow in the character and nature of Jesus Christ.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced in our lives.

But there are many false teachers out there who distort the grace of God.  They treat the grace of God as a license to sin and are simply driven by monetary gain.  They have allowed greed to fill their hearts which have led them to distort the truth of the gospel.

But for anyone who is truly a follower of Jesus Christ on a daily basis we will desire to flee the desires and lust of the flesh.  The lust of the flesh simply lead to destruction while the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit leads to eternal life and the blessing of the Lord.  May we always remember the full price that Jesus paid at Calvary for our freedom.

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:7-11

The apostles during their day and lifetime believed the return of Jesus was very near.  Believers throughout the church age have all felt the imminent return of the Lord.  A mark of walking closely with Christ and pursuing Him is the reality that His return could happen at any moment.  We are called to live with diligence and fervently seek the Lord.  We are called to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

We are called to fervently love one another.  When we truly love one another as the Lord commands it will enable us to walk in unity.  Division exist when love is not present.  When we begin to focus on things that don’t matter is when we are taken captive by the schemes of the enemy.  The number one scheme of the enemy is to bring division in the body of Christ.  When we as a people walk in love and unity, we become an unstoppable force on the earth for God and His kingdom.

Hospitality is lost in many churches today.  During the first century church hospitality was a huge part of the church growing as a body.  The body of Christ is made up of many different members from many different socioeconomic levels.  We must do all things according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When we find a brother or sister who is struggling and in need of a place to live and stay, we must be willing to open our hearts and our homes to them.  God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.

All of us who are in Christ have been given gifts by the Holy Spirit.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit have been dispersed according to God’s will.  All we need is found within the body of Christ.  God has so gifted His sons and daughters to accomplish His will upon the earth.  The only way we truly come to discover who we are in Christ and the gifts we have been given is by walking closely with the Lord on a daily basis.  To find our why you have been created is to come to intimately know the one who has created you.

When we speak, when we teach, when we preach we must do so as if we are speaking forth the utterance of God.  Everything we do must be in accord with the leading of the Holy Spirit. The more we fellowship with the Lord the more our minds and hearts become one with His.

When we have the opportunity to serve we are to do so in the strength of the Lord.  In ourselves we are weak and unable to accomplish the purposes of God.  But when we operate in the strength of the Lord all things are possible.  We are temples of the Holy Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit who lives within us and works through us to accomplish the purposes of God.

In all that we do God must be glorified.  In everything we do as we operate in the power and might of the Holy Spirit the name of Jesus will be high and lifted up.  Abiding daily in the Lord is key to all things.  Without daily fellowship with Jesus we will struggle and fail in the world that we live in.  When we fail to fellowship with the Lord and abide in Him we will be overcome by the schemes of the enemy.  But when we abide in the Lord the enemy will be overcome by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.  1 Peter 3:18-22

Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins so that our relationship with God the Father can be restored.  In the Garden of Eden the relationship between man and God was destroyed because of sin.  It is only the precious blood of Jesus that removes the curse of sin and death.  It is only the precious blood of Jesus that permanently washes away our sin.  Jesus came in the flesh and died and was brought back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Today He sits at the right hand of the Father and has been given all dominion and all authority.

Jesus once He died upon the cross descended into Hell and declared to those placed in prison that the curse of sin and death has been destroyed.  Jesus took all authority the enemy had.  Satan today has no authority.  He deceives the world and leads all into death and destruction.  But for those who trust in Jesus Christ are saved from being eternally separated from God.

It was God who saved Noah and his family through the ark.  God led Noah to build the ark and Noah faithfully followed the Lord.  Day in and day out those around Noah watched him build and ark.  They thought him a foolish man until Noah and his family were locked inside the ark and the flood waters came.

Jesus is a type of ark for us.  He has saved us from the flood of judgment that has come on humanity for its wickedness and its sin.  People cannot save themselves.  In there pride and arrogance they see no need for a savior.  For all who reject salvation found in Jesus Christ they will be eternally lost and separated from God.  But for us who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we have been saved.  When we are water baptized it is a public declaration with the world that we have died with Christ and have been raised to new life again with Him.

All things are subject to Jesus Christ.  Sitting at the right hand is the seat of authority.  Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and has been given all authority and dominion.  Jesus has given us His authority and has told us whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven.  We have been given authority and we must understand the authority we have.  All we need is found in Christ alone.  May we fix our eyes upon Jesus and continue to press on toward the high call in Christ Jesus.

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed

13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17

Suffering is a real part of the Christian journey.  As followers of Jesus Christ we have a target placed upon us by the enemy.  Many times we will suffer even though we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and do the right thing, we may still face suffering.  But through it all the Lord is fulfilling His plans and purposes for our lives.  The Lord works through our every circumstance and our eyes must stay fixed upon Jesus and His soon return.

There is blessing and high honor in suffering for the name of Jesus.  And even if people should threaten our very lives we have nothing to fear.  Our walk with the Lord is one of trust and faith.  We believe what we cannot see and we believe in every circumstance that our Father will work all things together for our good.

We are called to always be ready to give a defense for the hope that we have.  This is why it is so important for us to be in God’s word daily.  As we daily study God’s word the Holy Spirit will transform our hearts and will fill us with all knowledge and understanding.  In that moment in which we need an answer, it is the Holy Spirit who shall give us the words.  We are called to answer in meekness and fear.  This simply means that we are not to attack those who ask for an answer but in the love of Christ we are called to give an answer.  Everything we do and say should be done in love.  In all we do we must simply honor the Lord.

There will be those who defile our good conduct because we stand for Jesus Christ.  But the way we live our lives can never be impacted by those who defame us and falsely accuse us.  Even though they falsely accuse us, our right conduct in time will prove true.  The darkness of the world cannot stop the light and the glory of God.  In the end God always has His way and His righteousness and justice shall shine forth.

If it is God’s will for us to suffer according to His purposes then we must have the attitude that Jesus had in the Garden of Gethsemane and the cry of our heart must be “not my will, but thy will be done”.  This Christian journey is one of submitting to God on a daily basis.  We will face many trials in this life but the question is, will we trust God in all that we go through.  In every place of suffering will we simply trust Him?  We know that His grace is sufficient for all things and His strength made perfect in our weakness.  This simply means that no matter what we face the Lord will lead and carry us through.  Let our eyes be fixed upon Jesus the author and perfector of our faith.

That your prayers may not be hindered

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.  1 Peter 3:7

The way a man treats his wife has a profound effect on their relationship with the Lord.  Husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loved the church.  For far too long people have emphasized wives submitting to their husbands without speaking about the responsibility of the husband to love his wife and serve her.

Christ came as the ultimate servant and laid down His life for the church.  The husband is called to do the same.  If we desire God’s blessing to rest upon our marriage and our home, then as husbands we must love our wives as Christ loved the church.

When it speaks of the wife as the weaker vessel that simply points to the physical fact that a woman is weaker than a man.  We live in a culture where the world decries women are equal to men, but his is nonsense.  When you look at the physical make up of a man and a woman as God designed, the woman is the weaker partner.  This is mostly due to the levels of testosterone and estrogen that exist in men and women.  We have a world that loves to try to confuse and bring chaos to God’s natural created order.  But if we are living by truth then God through His creation has made things clear.

If a man fails to treat his wife with the respect she deserves and love her as God has commanded it can actually hinder one’s prayer life.  If we believe we can rule our homes like a tyrant and still draw near to God and enjoy the plans He has for us, we are sadly mistaken.  If are to walk in every promise God has for us, our family, and our marriage it requires we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit and God’s word.  If you are falling short in this area today, repent of your sin and turn to the Lord and begin to walk in obedience.

For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.  1 Peter 3:1-6

Wives are called to be submissive to their husband.  Now God has made it clear in His word that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church.  When a husband spends his life laying his life down for his family, serving his wife, and interceding for her daily, then a wife will desire to be submissive to her husband through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We live in a culture where the concept of a wife being submissive to her husband would seem politically incorrect and just wrong.  But that is the issue of the world and culture we live in.  God’s kingdom is contradictory to this world and if we desire a marriage that honors the Lord then we need to live our lives according to His word.

A wife who is married to a man who does not serve the Lord will impact that man if her life is lived in obedience to the Holy Spirit.  There are some who begin their marriage with two people who are unbelievers, then along the way if the wife comes to faith in Jesus Christ she finds herself in a difficult situation.  But God can impact any situation that seems impossible and a woman who lives her life first for the Lord will have an impact on her husband whether she knows it or not.

A women’s beauty should never be the focus of her physical appearance.  The world and its ways focuses on external beauty.  Those who follow the ways of the world often dress like prostitutes trying to garner the attention of men.  They use their sexuality to make and impact and fail to understand that they are just being used as a pawn of the enemy.  Satan plays on the insecurities that exist within women and uses their fears to drive them to use their beauty for destructive purposes.

True beauty is found in the depths of a woman’s heart.  When a woman has a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and her heart is fully given to Christ, her relationship with Christ will impact every area of her life.  That includes her physical beauty.  One of benefits of following Jesus Christ is that He gives life to our mortal bodies.  The Lord can rejuvenate a person’s physical body and for women this can have a dramatic effect.  Focus on beauty should never be on external physical beauty.  As we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, He will bring all things into order in our lives.

Peter gives the example of Sarah in the bible who was the wife of Abraham.  God has given us many godly examples throughout the bible of women who have served the Lord with all their heart.  When a woman commits her way unto the Lord, the Lord will move supernaturally in every area of their life.

Never sacrifice the plans and purposes God has for you for the empty attention of men.  Satan will always try to use the fears that exist within people to manipulate them and push them to make decisions that are destructive for their lives.  If we simply seek the Lord with our whole heart, the Lord will fulfill the plans and purposes He has for our lives by His grace and His power.

Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.  1 Peter 2:13-17

We are called to submit to those in position of authority.  The Lord is the one who raises up kings and tears them down.  Those who are in position of authority are called to uphold the law of the land.  The only time we would not submit to those in authority is if what they commanded or decreed was in opposition to the Lord and His word.  God is our ultimate authority.  But we are called to conduct ourselves in holiness and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Our lives and the way we live should never dishonor the name of Jesus.

When we walk according to the will of God for our lives we will silence the mouths who speak against us and persecute us.  During the days of the early church the believers were slandered and blamed for many different things.  But when we commit our lives to Christ there will be those who desire to destroy us.  But when our lives are lived in holiness and through the leading of the Holy Spirit it shines as a bright light in a very dark world.

The world is a dark placed filled with the lies and deceptions of the enemy.  Those who live their lives according to God’s word and the leading of the Holy Spirit will shine brightly in this hour.  We are not called to use the freedom we have in Christ to indulge in the sinful nature and the lust of the flesh.  We are called to be bondslaves to God.  What that simply means is Jesus has redeemed us through His sacrifice at Calvary and we are forever indebted to the Lord for our freedom.  Our lives no longer belong to us, they belong to the Lord and are to be used for His glory.

We are called to honor people and love others.  If we are truly following the leading of the Holy Spirit we will love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and will love our neighbor as ourselves.  The distinguishing mark of a follower of Jesus Christ is His love at work in our lives.  If we claim to follow Christ, but do not have love then we deceive ourselves.  The simply result of walking intimately with Jesus is that we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  That we become living vessels of God’s glory.