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TITLE: THE JOY ARISING FROM OUR HOPE
SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 4:1-2, 12-19
DATE: July 5, 2020
OPENING : Phil Robertson, initially of Duck Dynasty has an amazing testimony. He openly admits to living in the flesh for the first 28 years of his life. Yet now he loudly proclaims to not be ashamed because he is a new person and has been for about 46 years now. In talking about his pre Christian life, he states “I didn’t realize who Jesus was/is. Phil was a person as described in verse 2, “spending his time in the flesh for the lust of humans.”
He went from wide open for the lust of the flesh to sold out and wide open for Christ and the Gospel. Over and over he speaks of the joy he now has and the joy he had and almost lost while he was pursuing the ways of the world.
QUESTION 1– What are some of the things that bring you joy?
First Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-2
If we back up just a few verses, we see that “Christ suffered once for sins, the just and the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the spirit.” From that we move to verse 1 which instructs us to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ. That is Peter. Another of the Biblical giants, Paul, says it this way, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). Then Paul goes on to tell us what the armor is and what specific use each piece has.
Simply put, we are called to be of the same mind with Christ. Since Christ suffered in physical pain on the cross as the cost of bringing salvation to us, we are going to suffer in the flesh as well. Thankfully, ours will be nothing like what Christ did for us. Some of our suffering is because we no longer “feed the flesh” so to speak. But this suffering has a reward of its own, it is like a thorn in the flesh that is calling us back to our old ways. If it is calling us back then we have turned from it. Peter says sin, while trying to get us back, is one of the causes of suffering. If we feel it, be happy, happy, happy because that means we are on the right road. When we live for the will of God, the devil fights hard to get us back in to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the prideful life (1 John 2:16). Our flesh becomes a battle ground. It is better for the battle to still be raging in us than for it to be over with a surrender to satan. Our battle will never completely stop in this life. We are either backsliding in which the Holy Spirit is convicting us, or we are “in the Word” and satan is attacking us. So, Christ and His message is good, satan and the earthly priority of pleasures is bad. Verse 4 gives us a warning of this. People, at least some of our friends will think we have lost our minds and begin to talk us down.
Put on the whole armor of God and be ready.
QUESTION 2 What obstacles tend to keep us from thinking like Christ?
Second Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-14
Suddenly we go from possibly being a “cool kid” to an outcast when we pursue the “mind of Christ.” It changes so much about us. Who we are, what we value, and what we think of others all changes. Peter says don’t worry about it. It just confirms we are showing Christ in our lives and they cannot or do not want to be faced with Christ.
QUESTION 3, When have you experienced joy in the midst of suffering?
Third Scripture: 1 Peter 4:15-19
Here Peter makes a distinction, do not willingly and willfully break the Law. Do not be a murderer, thief, evildoer or a busy body and think the suffering from those acts show Christ. They do not.
Back to Phil Robertson, as a part of every talk, podcast and event, he states, “I am not ashamed, how about you?” Peter tells us that if we are suffering and the suffering is because we are living and showing the mind of Christ, then give God the glory and do not be ashamed of what we are suffering. In the suffering, He is giving us the platform and strength to show Him even at some discomfort to our own selves. It shows the world that Christ is worth the suffering.
QUESTION 4 What aspects of your spiritual life have been refined through suffering?
QUESTION 5 How can we bring glory to God through our suffering?
CLOSING: Our lesson closes by pointing out that the saved are “scarcely saved” and if so, then where will the unsaved be on Judgement Day and for eternity. Where will the ones who created their own easy rules be? But if we deal with the bad stuff in our lives in a way that points to Christ, maybe some of those earlier detractors will see something in us at a time the Holy Spirit is dealing with them and they may be added to the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12)
After all, that is why Christ left us on this earth after our salvation.
Your Will Be Done
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
It is amazing that we have a God that wants to hear from us daily. The creator and sustainer of the universe wants an intimate relationship with you and me. We have that direct communication with our heavenly father through prayer. Prayer is such a huge part of our Christian life. Like how we can go to our earthly father for anything, we can go to our heavenly father for anything as well. In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus describes the model for prayer:
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
I think personally one of the hardest things to pray for is “Your will be done.” Sometimes our plans are not part of God’s will. Many times we get so caught up in our own ideas or plans that we miss out what God actually has in store for us. So why is this part of the prayer important? Because it shows a complete surrender to God. We are putting aside our plans, our dreams, and our own wills and asking for God’s plan to be done in our life. I am not saying not to tell God your dreams or your desires. No… Tell Him everything, but ask for His will to be done and not our own. This model of praying will not only change your prayer life, but your entire life as well.
Hey Kids check out our story time:
Moses and Israelites: https://youtu.be/L_rkSaeH05U
David and Goliath: https://youtu.be/YplkBv9x7W8
Ruth and Naomi: https://youtu.be/62sLzWRzFFo
Daniel and the Lions Den: https://youtu.be/tmlb0VjQDuE
The Good Samaritan: https://youtu.be/X_JaG3byMIA
Joseph and the coat of many colors: https://youtu.be/wt4lOhL-UDQ
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