1 Peter 4:7 Alert And Sober

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” 1 Peter 4:7

After Peter talks about how the world will live in sin and the believer is not to live that way, he brings up the end being near. He was there when Jesus had left the earth and had stated that He would return soon. Peter is most likely thinking that Jesus will be showing up any day now. Now that it is nearly 2,000 years later, how much closer is that end?

Keeping in mind that the end is near, he tells believers to be alert and of a sober mind.

Being alert is knowing what is going on around you. It is easy to be awake and see stuff, but it is different to know what is actually going on. Turn on the news and you can see what is happening around the world. However, that is just the surface of what is happening.

A good example is watch a movie with a good sounding story line on the surface. Underlining that story is the desire to promote some particular sinful habit as acceptable. One who is alert will see that subliminal message being promoted.

Along with being alert, one must also be sober. This is thinking with a clear mind. It is easy to let the moment cloud the real truth. Peter had also talked about going through suffering as a good thing. One who is not sober will only see the challenges and suffering as bad. The one who is sober will see that God is in control and has a reason for the suffering to be allowed.

Living this way will allow you to pray correctly. You will be able to pray God’s will in every situation. When you see the news, you will know what really needs to be prayed for.

Stay focused in God’s Word and in prayer. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Be filled with His Holy Spirit. These are ways to keep you alert and sober. It will change how you see things and how you pray.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will see the deception of the world; that you will be filled with God’s Spirit; that God will help you to pray His will and desire; and that you will live according to God’s ways and be His witness.

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1 Thessalonians 5:8 Be Sober

“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Paul starts talking about the time when Jesus is to return to bring everyone who believes in Him to heaven. Some of the people were concerned about that time, because they did not know when it would happen and did not want to miss it. He points out that every believer is not a child of the light and are to live in the light. Here he states that they should be sober.

Bad things happen in the dark. It is in the dark that a person hits his toe on a piece of furniture. It is in the dark that most crimes happen. It is also in the dark when people tend to get drunk on alcohol.

Believers are to live in the light and be sober. The light is the light of Jesus and God’s Word. The Bible tells a person how to live correctly for God.

Being sober is being in the right mind. When people get drunk on alcohol, they start to do things that they would not normally do. They will act in ways that are bad, making very bad choices. They will say things that later they regret when told about them. They will not even remember many things that they did.

You are to live your life focused on Jesus. Not being in the darkness and doing things that are wrong. Putting on faith and love will protect your heart from wrong. The faith is that Jesus has saved you. The love is the love for Jesus and for others. When you have both of these, you will not want to do any wrong to anyone or to God.

You are also to have the hope of salvation that Jesus is providing. You will know that you are being saved. You will know that one day you will be by Jesus side in heaven for all of eternity.

Are you sober today? Are you living for Jesus or for the world?

Wake up and live for Jesus. It will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be sober in your life and make the right choices for God; that God will fill you with His love for Jesus and others; that you will have faith in Jesus; that you will know the hope of His salvation for you; and that you will be His light in this world.

Romans 12:3 Right Thinking About Yourself

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3

The process of becoming more like Jesus is different for each person. Every person is a different point in that process. With this in mind Paul talks about the idea of thinking about oneself correctly.

Very often people look at themselves as better than someone else. They look at their faith in God and having overcome certain sins as making them better. They have “accomplished” something great in their eyes.

Paul says that you must think of yourself with a sober judgment. A sober judgment is one that correctly looks at the entire situation and truth of it. He states this by the grace given him. Paul had been the Pharisee of Pharisees, leader of the leaders, one of the best in the Law, yet, he throws it all out as he calls himself the chief of sinners in Christ Jesus. God had given him the faith that he now has.

You may have been a “bad” sinner in accordance with the eyes of the world and people, but every sinner is bad, regardless of what they did or did not do. One sin makes you equal to the person with many sins.

It is only by God’s grace that you are allowed to have faith in Jesus. It is only by the calling of God that you can accept Jesus. Without God revealing Himself, you would never know Him.

You may have come a long way as a believer, or you may have some great work in the church to do, but keep in mind you were a great sinner and were saved by the grace and mercy of God.

Use your abilities to build others and God’s kingdom up. Do not look at yourself as someone who has “made” it or as someone super important. Know that God can use others just as well as He can use you. He just wants people who are willing to be used by Him.

I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will remember where you came from; that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will use your abilities for God’s kingdom; and that you will not look down on others who don’t have your abilities.

1 Peter 4:7 Be Alert

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” 1 Peter 4:7

Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus left the earth stating He would be back soon. He also said there would be signs to showing when the time was near. Many of those signs have been fulfilled. If 2,000 years ago Jesus would be back soon, how much sooner will it be today?

With the end of all things being near, Peter now tells you to be alert and of sober mind. Why should you need to be alert? What does it mean to be alert? Alert is being aware of what is going on around you. When a person is driving down the road he needs to be alert to other drivers, wild animals, weather conditions, and his own vehicle condition. If he does not pay attention to all these details, something disastrous could happen.

In the Christian walk, you need to be aware of what the world is doing around you. What does the world say about Jesus? About God? About believers? Along with knowing what is happening in the world, you need to be alert to what God is doing around you. Are you moving on the same path that God is? Are you reaching those God is working to reach through you?

If you are not alert, the world will bring a surprise upon you that you did not see coming. If you are not alert, you will stray from the path God has placed you on.

Along with being alert, Peter tells you to be of a sober mind. When a person sees all the garbage going on in the world (wars, murders, thefts, suicides, etc.) he may get scared. One can go into a panic attack wondering how he will survive the garbage. As a believer in Jesus, you must remember that God will win the war. You are on the winning side. Do not let fear or panic overcome you. Know in your heart God is in control and you will win with Him.

The purpose for all of this is for you to be able to pray. Knowing what is going on will allow you to pray for the world as needed. It will guide you in praying for God’s will. If you are not alert and sober, you will not be able to pray correctly.

I pray that today God will give you His peace of mind; that He will open your eyes to what is happening in the world; that God will reveal to you what He is doing; that God will guide you in praying His will in all things; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.