"LIVING FOR THE WILL OF GOD"
I Peter 4:16
March 29, 1992
There is a great difference in living for the flesh and living
for the will of God. This passage tonight challenges us to
cease living for the flesh and to live for the will of God.
Twenty-one years ago when I gave my life to Jesus Christ
this was an outward challenge. My friends did not
understand the change in my lifestyle and my desires.
The longer I am a Christian the struggle of living for the
flesh versus living for the will of God is more of an internal
Are you living for the flesh? Are you living for the wil
Galatians 5:16-26 illustrates this continual struggle we
face as born again Christians.
THE BIBLICAL BACKGROUND must be kept in mind in
interpreting 1 Peter 4:1-6. You must keep it in the context
of suffering so you will not misinterpret the Word of God.
The message is entitled, "Living For The Will Of God."
Walk with me through this passage this evening and let's
see what God says about living for the will of God:
I. PREPARE FOR BATTLE. (v. 1)
When you decide to live for the will of God you are
going to enter into a major battlefield. (Spiritual
The Scripture says, "therefore", to say that since Christ
has suffered, been acted upon by others, in the flesh,
we should arm ourselves.
"Arm ourselves" - Military word picture of a soldier
putting on equipment and getting ready for battle.
"Same purpose" - indicating the mind or thoughtfulness.
A believer living for the will of God is a great weapon
in the hands of God.
A believer living for the flesh is a terrible weapon
in the hands of Satan.
Let me ask you this evening, are you a weapon for
God or a weapon for Satan?
II. CEASE FROM SINNING. (vs. lb-5)
Think of what sin did to Christ. It placed Christ
on the cross. Others who have suffered death for
the cause of Christ no longer sin ...
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