1 PETER 4:1-6

When we became born again we became new creatures in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new," 2 Cor. 5:17.

But some of us are letting dead things remain in our walk with Jesus. Some of us have entertained the idea of picking up new dead things. In this study we will discern what things that we need to pull away from and discard, and where we need to go from there. God's children shouldn't play with dead things.

We get into a daily routine of dead activities that most of us are unaware of. If you are contented with an unproductive or casual walk with God, the thought of change will cause fear and trembling that can generate a station for complacency and slothfulness, remaining in a safe haven of milk toast Christianity (meaning bland). This is one of many dead things that need casting out. Tradition, in a sense, is a spiritual stronghold. Many a once good and faithful church member has become traditionalists instead of seeking the Holy Spirit and will of God. Tradition in this sense is a dead thing. It doesn't need to be resurrected because it is a heavy yoke that needs to be destroyed. That old yoke of bondage should not fit around our necks anymore. God's children shouldn't play with these things.

All of us have been exposed to dead works of the church, but Jesus will no longer put up with the church's antics because we are in the eleventh hour. Jesus is coming soon! We will be out of here soon and then the judgment. Jesus is coming back for a whole lot more than He left with. Amen.

We cannot go back to our old lifestyle. It is dead. Why would we want to? If you truly have an intimate relationship with the Son of God, then what is there in hell that you want to regain? There is nothing in your past but dead men's bones. We should not entertain the thought of going back to dead works. The dead things are of the dead and living things are of the living. God's Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. Shake off the old dust from your shoes and tread toward victory in Jesus.

Turn first to 1 Peter 4:1-6. Read. "Therefore since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit."

What does all this mean? God's children shouldn't play with dead things. In verse three Peter told us that we have lived in the world long enough, and we should come out from among the things of the world and the flesh. We were acting as heathens and pagans, but now we know Truth.

In short, we cannot follow the desires or lusts of the flesh anymore, but we should seek after the things of God that bring peace, happiness and fulfillment to us and that we may glorify our Father which is in heaven. Amen.

We can no longer be a party to gossip, arguments, trivialities, blaming others for our misfortunes, judging others by our own standards, or always having to be the center of attention. We can no longer engage in dirty jokes or compromising situations. All of these things are dead works. In verse 4 Peter tells us that our old buddies or pals will think of us as strange because we no longer enjoy a sinful life as they still do, and they will begin to speak bad things against us because we have learned to go against the flow of the world's system of things. Your old friends will also try to bring you back down to where they are if you let them. But remember that we were once like them. We should have compassion for them, but be firm in our convictions of Christ and the gospels before them. Amen.

We must renew and refresh our minds daily so that the evil (dead) things cannot creep back into our lifestyle for acceptance again as the normal way of life. "Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..." Acts 3:19.

Let us keep our minds free from the past and dead works so that we may be refreshed, and not yoked again with the sins of the flesh. "God's Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things."

In His Service,
William C. Fisher

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