Good News. We have been given the power to abstain from sinful desires.

Hello my Brothers and Sisters.  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we pick up at verse 11 of chapter 2.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter writes:
“Dear Friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which 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.”
1 Peter 2: 11-12.
To abstain from sinful desires is not always easy, but it can be done through walking in the spirit with our great Shepherd – staying close to Him.   Here are some truths to consider:
When we are ‘born again’, we become a ‘new creation’. (2 Corinthians 5: 17).  We are no longer just a person of flesh that is ‘at home’ in this world.  As a new creation, we are a child of the flesh, And a child of God.  Just as Jesus was Son of Man, and Son of God, so are we, when we are born again.  Born of the flesh – born of the Spirit. A new creation conformed to the image of Christ.
  Jesus was the ‘firstborn’ of a new people that have been conformed to His image, and that have been justified, and glorified by the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 8:29-30.  He was the firstborn of this new creation just as He was the firstborn of the old creation. (Colossians 1:15)  He was an alien, and stranger in this world – so are we.  This world is not our home – we are just passing through on ‘the way’ home.
Through this new birth, the enemy knows we have been created to walk in newness of life as we journey through this world.  He knows we have received the righteousness of Christ, and will spend eternity with our Lord, but the enemy will try to make us think this new creation – this new us – is not real.  He will try to make us question our faith.  He will send temptations, and sinful desires to war against our souls just as he did when Jesus was baptized into His Ministry.  Even though he knows already that he is defeated, he will try his best to make us think he is not, but that we are.  He is a liar – the father of lies.
The Apostle Paul faced this war and told us about it in his letter to the Christians in Rome.  He wrote:  “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  He went on to acknowledge that sin was at work waging war against his soul, and that he made mistakes because of it.  But then he realized he could live above that because the truth was; he had been given victory through Christ Jesus.  Paul wrote, “Thanks be to God,  who delivers me  – through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7: 15-25)  So it is for us.
Jesus had faced this war.  As a man, He faced the temptation of being offered Ruler of this world and all of the power and glory that went with it.  At another time His faith was challenged, as to who He was.  He overcame each challenge with the authority of the Word.  At each temptation, He would knock it away saying, “It is written”, and move out the temptation citing a promise or a truth from the Word. (Matthew 4:1-11) He knew he was at war with evil,  but He knew how to win. After several tries, verse 4:11 tells us “then the devil left Him.”  We know evil tried to tempt the Lord again and again after that for the Word tells us the Lord faced every temptation known to man. But The Lord showed us how to win through the power of the Word.. Good News!
Peter urges us to remember who we are – aliens and strangers in this world. To remember the power that is in us.   Jesus is in our soul, and our spirit, and our body.  Our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.   The Power of God is within us. Jesus defeated evil with the power of the Word which we hold in our hand.  Paul defeated evil through Christ Jesus who ‘Is’ the Word.  So it is for us.  When we are in the Word, and believe it, we walk in its power.  Evil must, and will, yield to His presence.  This is how we abstain from evil desires. This is how we live the good life Peter spoke of.  This is how we shall glorify Father.
Peter was not perfect, and we will not be. Sometimes the world will distract us from the truth.  But Peter grew as he realized who he was. So shall we.  As we continue to realize who we are, and grow more like Jesus because of our faith, even those who do not believe will take notice.
Have a good day, my Friends.  You are the light of the world.  Let others see Jesus in you.
I love you,
Poppa B
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line