The Cross is an Obstacle

Sin, ultimately, will turn from pleasure to slavery

The Cross is an Obstacle to Selfishness
Arm Yourself – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 4:1-7

Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:1

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.

If you tell someone to “arm themselves,” they normally think you are telling them to buy a gun.  This term is a call to action.  It is a call to protect yourself.  “Arm yourself” is telling us not to leave our self-protection in the hands of another person; we are to see it as our responsibility.

The Apostle Peter uses the phrase in our printed key verse today, however, Peter is not calling for a physical weapon but rather a spiritual weapon.  The world and the evil one, with all his imps, are out to wreck your walk with God.  We need protection in order to continue a faithful journey; walking worthy of our Lord.  The apostle gives us what we should arm ourselves with: an attitude.  We need to understand what this attitude is and repeatedly practice making it our own.  Let’s first look at what this “attitude” is.  It is the attitude of “I will suffer before I will sin against God!”  We say to our world—we say to the devil—“I am willing to hurt because Jesus hurt for me.”  Look at Peter’s words, “…since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves with the same attitude.”  If you are reading this to start your day, let it remind you to put on an attitude.  It is a defiant attitude against sin!  Sin grieves the God that loves you.  Sin, ultimately, will turn from pleasure to slavery.  Hate sin.  (Continued)

Father, I am going to have an attitude today!  I am going to walk through this day defiant against any and all sinful ways!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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