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08/10/2012

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Be Like Pete


"Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires which war against your souls" (1 Pet.2:11-12).

The apostle Peter experienced it all, as he went from the penthouse to the outhouse. He was one of Jesus most trusted disciples at his acme, and one of the most despicable in his denial. Peter rose up from the ashes of denial to become a rock in the first century church. As a result, he gives us some sound advice to keep us from wandering down the wrong roads. In today's verse, Peter makes a strong case for clean living. "Abstain from sinful desires which war against your souls." When we take Jesus into our lives, our citizenry changes. We are now of heaven instead of earth, and should live that way. Peter's words tell us that we are to be separated from the corruption of the world. Our destiny is a much greater place than any things that the world could possibly offer us. The apostle Paul makes his own pitch in this regard when he pens a letter to the church at Thessalonica. He says: "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil" (1 Thess.5:22). Finally, Peter does not want us to go to the brink of denial the way he did. He makes an exhortation to us about defending our faith. "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be ready 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" (Pet.3:15). Many of us a ready to give our two cents about politics, sports, food, or even the weather. Do we have those same strong convictions about our faith? Are we ready to give a defense for Jesus and the impact that he has on our lives, or do we go to the edge of denial by being blase about our faith? Not being excited about the hope within us is tantamount to denial. By careful preparation and study, we will be able defend Christ and not deny Him. Peter made the turn around in his life, and teaches us how to make it in ours. Lets be like Peter....

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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