Thought for the Day # 200
CEASING FROM SIN
1 Peter 4:1-2 (The Holy Bible, King James Version)
1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Suffering is something that no one wants. Yet, there are very few of us who are exempt from such circumstances.
We often wonder why God allows us to endure the many areas of difficulty that life brings to us day by day. You may think; “why is this happening to me” or “life isn’t fair”.
Jesus came and was tempted in every way that we are. He suffered the same trials of life. He was hungry, uncomfortable, and homeless. The scriptures tell us he had no place to lay his head.
He endured these things without compromising himself in sin. He suffered in his flesh, understanding that in conquering the desires of the flesh through suffering, he could maintain spiritual purity. Likewise, let us determine to endure the discomfort and troubles of life with the mind of Christ.
We have the spiritual strength and courage to live a victorious life through the sufferings dense we face. Every trial teaches self control and restraint. Each time that we go through a hard place without compromising our relationship with God, we conquer the demands of the flesh.
The mind of Christ declared that he would not yield to the temptations and carnal. When we assume the same mind as Christ, we cease from sin.
Let us make a determination that we shall have the mind of Jesus. The difficulties that we face are simply an opportunity to bring our entire being into the purity of Jesus Christ. They cannot conquer or discourage us.
Having the mind of Jesus enables us to cease from sin. It prepares to me for a daily life in his righteousness. It separates us from the demands of our flesh and releases us into great spiritual liberty. We can live unto righteousness and cease from sin.
Dear Heavenly Father, I understand that my flesh wants its own way. I understand that the trials I face help me to grow in righteousness. . Help me to have the same mind as Christ that I might bring my body under subjection and cease from sin. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Redeemer, Amen.