A reminder for today
So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. (1 Peter 1:14-15)
Peter continues to write about living as holy people. He is quite specific when he reminds us that we should not fall back in our old ways of living to satisfy our own desires. This is a common thing that we all do. I can remember how many times I have fallen into my old habits just to satisfy my own desires. I have made so many mistakes, but when we are confused and gullible for the lies of the enemy we get vulnerable. We tend to isolate ourselves and this is exactly what the enemy wants. You see when you make a mistake and you fall back into your old habits you are ashamed of it and like Adam and Eve you try and hide from God. This is when we isolate ourselves and then the enemy moves in to make us fall. You are not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Jesus knows exactly what it means to be tempted and He knows how easily we can fall. It reminds me of the incident with the woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees said the by the law of Moses she must be stoned and asked Jesus what He thought. Jesus said: "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"
Jesus looked up and saw that none of her accusers remained. He looked at her and said: "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
This is so important what Peter writes here. He says that we must sin no more and we must live holy just as the Lord who lives in us is holy. We know better, because we are better. We see clearer, because we see with holy eyes. Stand firm and do not let the enemy isolate you. I am here and you are in my prayer, but the Lord is with you always. I will fight with you and I will pray for you – always.
Lord, do not allow the enemy to isolate us so that we fall back into our old ways. Let us stay focussed on you as we fight the enemy. Make us stronger and guide our hearts away from evil. In Jesus name.
Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.