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Is Your Mind Right?: How to Think Like an Alien Part II (4 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 1:13-16
March 6, 2011
This morning I am picking up where I left off in 1 Peter.
Remember, we are talking about a stable economy; the economy of the kingdom of heaven versus that of this world.
As we've seen in the news, particularly in the Middle East, many economies are volatile and unstable.
Interestingly enough, while we were in Israel, we were oblivious to all that was going on around us in the Middle East neighborhood.
In fact, you would have never known that there was hostility and disorder just miles from where we were.
Our Israeli guide started laughing when we told him that people were scared to come to Israel because of what was going on in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, etc.
He said that all those countries were afraid to attack Israel because they know that Israel would blow them out of the water.
In a strange kind of way, our situation in Israel the last two weeks was a microcosm of what we are trying to communicate in this letter of Peter.
While everything was hostile and changing around us, we felt very secure and stable. We were literally living in a different economy.
That's what Peter is trying to communicate here.
Regardless of the disenfranchisement and marginalization as people of God, you are secure in who you are and what you have.
Three weeks ago, before I left for Israel, we looked at getting our mind right; how to think like an alien.
We are going to pick up on that.
TEXT: 1 Peter 1:13-16
By way of review, Peter first says in the first part of verse 13,
…preparing your minds for action…
1 Peter 1:13a
It means to "gird up the loins of your mind."
In other words, there are these loose thoughts that we have that keep us from being prepared to act.
We have to gather up all those loose thoughts we have that don't prepare us for battle and keep us from fixing our hope on what ...
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