How are Christains Supposed to Live in The Last Days?

 We are told in the Word of God, that our faith is greater than gold. It is “refined in fire,” meaning that for a little while, we may have to suffer grief and trials. This happens so that our faith may be proved genuine. Walking through trials, as we hold on to the hand of God, we become stronger, and more faithful to Him. The gold that is in the earth, will someday pass away. But our faith will last forever. When we stand before the Lord Jesus, it will bring Him praise honor and glory. So as we live daily and endure the trials of life, how are we to live as believers in God? This Outline is based on 1 Peter 1:13-2:1, which is posted at the end.

~Walking Daily & Enduring Trials~

A. Live As Obedient Children

1. Be Holy

a. With Minds that are Alert & Sober

b.  Be Separated from the Power & Presence of Sin

c. Be Holy in Conduct & Conversation

d. Be Holy, because God is Holy

e. Live in Reverent Fear of God~ He will Judge each Person

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”           

~Thessalonians 4:3-8

2. Obey the Word of God, it is Truth, which Endures Forever

a. Believe that Jesus died on the Cross to Redeem you

b. Believe that God Raised Him from the Dead

c. Put your Hope & Faith in God

d. Have a Deep, Pure & Sincere Love for our Brothers in Christ

 B. Live Like Newborn Babies

1. Rid Yourselves of Malice, Deceit, Hypocrisy, Envy & Slander

2. Crave Pure Spiritual Milk~ Sound Teaching Based on the Bible

3. Grow up in Your Salvation

C. Live Like Living Stones

1. Jesus is the Cornerstone

2. Like Jesus, We are to be Living Stones~ strong, stable, and solid in

our relationship with God

1 Corinthians 3:11~ “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 

D. Live As A Chosen People

1. We are to Offer Spiritual Sacrifices~ Praises, Thanksgiving,

Spending Time in Prayer, Obeying God’s Commandments,

Submitting to God’s Will

2. To Those who Don’t Believe in Jesus or Who Disobey His Word:

a. The Lord Causes them to Stumble & Fall

b. They Walk in Darkness

c. They Have not Received God’s Full Mercy (b/c they have not received Jesus as their Savior)

d. May Engage in Sinful Desires which Wage War Against the

Soul

e. May See the Believer’s Good Deeds and be Saved

2. Those who Trust in God, and Walk According to the Word:

a. Are a Special Possession, a Spiritual House, a Holy

Priesthood, a Royal Nation

b. Declare the Praises of God

c. Walk in Light & in the Spirit

d. Have Received Mercy

e. Will Never be Put to Shame

f. Are Saved & Live Good Lives

g. Are Corrected by the Lord when they sin

 Hebrews 12:6~ “…because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Galatians 5:16~ “So I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

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More Scripture References (NIV)

OUR TRIALS~1 Peter 1:6-7 “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

BE HOLY~ 1 Peter 1:13-2:1~ “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As Obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’

Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere (pure) love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

JESUS IS THE CORNERSTONE, WE ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE~ “As you come to him, The (Cornerstone)Living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The Stone the builders rejected has become The Cornerstone,’ and,’ A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.’ They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

LIVING GODLY ~Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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