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Don’t grieve the Spirit of God that lives within you

My Desires
Exercise – Part 2

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:12-16

Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

As we continue looking at the Apostle Peter’s version of exercise, he reminds us not to satisfy our fleshly and sinful desires.  In 1 Peter 1:14, Peter writes: “Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.”  That slipping is easy to do.  Whether it’s going to church or going to a health club, it is easy to get away from exercising your self-control.  Our flesh likes to be lazy and simply cater to the easy things that we want at the moment.

Self-control is a result of looking at life in the long run, not the immediate.  We must clearly think about what kind of a person we want to be in the coming years.  Our tendency is to simply think what I want to do in the coming hours, which leads to self indulgence.  Our human desires were given to us by God but, unfortunately, stained by sin.  God expects us to put forth the same efforts to please Him as we used to put forth in pleasing ourselves!  As Peter wrote: “You didn’t know any better then” (1 Peter 1:14c).  Now, God’s Spirit lives in you and you know better!  Don’t grieve the Spirit of God that lives within you.  Is it easy to say no to self?  No, it is the narrow road that Jesus walked and calls us to walk!

Father, I am willing to exercise self-control today in order to honor and please you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.