I Peter 1:13-25
~ I Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Pursue God’s Will!
Obedience begins in the Mind.
~ II Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
~ I Timothy 4:7-8 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Pursue God’s Nature!
God is Holy.
Strive to imitate God.
~ Matthew 5:48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
~ Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this ]world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Pursue Fear of God’s Judgment!
God’s Judgment is Fair!
~ Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God.
~ Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
God’s Judgment is Personal.
~ Romans 14:10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
~ Romans 14:12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
~ Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
God’s Judgment is Thorough.
~ Romans 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
~ II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Appreciate the Redemption Price.
~ Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
~ Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
The greatest expression of appreciation for our redemption price is to Abstain from sin!
~ Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
~ Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
~ Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Pursue New Lifestyle!
New Lifestyle began by the Word of God.
~ John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
~ II Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
~ John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
~ Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
~ Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
~ Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
New Lifestyle expresses sincere love.
~ I Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails;