ROOTED - Monday, January 10, 2022


This week, as we begin this new year, we also begin a new series and season of focus on becoming people of grace.  Our sermon series is called Not Today, Satan.  We are taking a hard look at evil and temptation and discovering again the power of the Holy Spirit to equip us to live in a world that does not honor God.

 

I Peter 4:1-5, 8-12

1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), 

2 so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. 

3 You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. 

4 They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. 

5 But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 

8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 

9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 

10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 

11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 

 

Reflections

Here is a good introduction to the reality of conflict and evil and sin in the world.  Don’t be surprised at this fiery ordeal.  Instead, remember that fire is where faith is formed.

 

What part of this passage describes your former life?  What has changed?

 

What part of this passage describes your life in Christ now?

 

Prayer

Mighty God, who is strong when I am weak, and all-knowing when I am lost and confused, remind me that you are not surprised by anything.  Give me the confidence to trust you, that by your power I may become a grace-filled follower of your Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.