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Thursday, January 22, 2015

1 Peter 1:13-16

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

As Christ followers, we are expected to be different, stand outs, and holy, but what does it mean to BE HOLY? The word HOLY means, "to be set apart for God." Extrapalating this definition we must understand being "set apart for God," is something greater. To be "set apart for God," means TO BELONG TO GOD. What makes us different are the qualities of God that exist in our life causing us to not be conformed of this world (Rom 12:2). This speaks of a RELATIONSHIP, and really an IDENTITY. Ephesians 1:11 explains that God's purpose is to offer salvation to the world. This was his original plan since the beginning. To have a relationship with him. We must remember God is sovereing and in charge of our lives. When life seems chaotic, rest in his TRUTH ... Jesus is Lord and God is in control. The devil can not deviate the plan of God.  Belonging to God means you will be fruitful (Mark 4:19), be rescued from evil (Galatians 1:4), and have a new attitude and self (Eph 4:23-24).  Remember, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:5a).  The anticipated return of our Lord and Savior should provoke us to deepen our relationship with Christ.