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1 PURSUIT OF HOLINESS – OUR PRIMARY CALLING Text: 1Peter 1 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ-- 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behaviour; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy." 17 If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear – World English Bible Eng. Tunzo T 1

2 MIND MANAGEMENT “ 13 Get your minds ready for good use. Keep awake. Set hope now and forever on the loving- favour to be given you when Jesus Christ comes again.”(NLT). This is mind preparation for action. Get your minds ready for action, for good use – GET PREPARED Be sober, keep awake – BE ALERT Set your hope now and forever on the loving- favour to be given you when Jesus Christ comes again – BE DETERMINED Eng. Tunzo T 2

3 MIND MANAGEMENT These are faces of mind management: 1)Preparedness 2)Alertness 3) Determination! Eng. Tunzo T 3

4 THE MIND IS OURS TO MANAGE This is what God says concerning mind or the hearts – HE WILL DO A COMPETE REPLACEMENT! 26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh - Ezek. 36 Eng. Tunzo T 4

5 THE MIND IS OURS TO MANAGE-1 A heart of stone is UNMANAGEABLE. A heart of flesh is MANAGEABLE. We can allow or prohibit whatever comes in us through that mind. In Romans12:1-2 the Bible says: 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God Eng. Tunzo T 5

6 THE MIND IS OURS TO MANAGE-2 How do I get my mind ready for good work? 1)By giving myself – my body to God - as living and holy sacrifice/gift. 2)Deciding not to act like the sinful people of the world act. 3)Allow God to change my life – and not the pattern of the world change my life 4)Accept a new mind from God 5)Always be sensitive of God’s prompting – “Keep awake” 6)Set my mind on the hope that God has better things reserved for us when Jesus comes. Eng. Tunzo T 6

7 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance (WEB) – 1Peter 1 A Christian who desires to please the master must have rules in life. OBEDIENCE is a key word here. We obey rules and regulations that are set for us to follow in life. God has called us in life of obedience! God has called us in the life of hating sin! Eng. Tunzo T 7

8 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT OBEDIENCE Peter declares in the Acts 5 that there are decisions that one must make in obeying! OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN: “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29. Eng. Tunzo T 8

9 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT In Hebrew 5:7-9 we learn about Christ, learning obedience. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him The Bible says clearly that because of Jesus’ obedience, “he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” Eng. Tunzo T 9

10 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT Peter says that even the Holy Spirit is given to the obedient believers: “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” Ac 5:32. If Jesus had to go that way in learning obedience, how much do we need the same in order to make us obedient and recipients of Holy Spirit? Eternal salvation? Eng. Tunzo T 10

11 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT HATING SIN Obeying God goes hand-in-hand with hating sin. 11 Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore don't let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:12-14 (WEB) Eng. Tunzo T 11

12 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT We are DAILY living a life of choices – every day: To choose God and his commands - or – what our body desires The body with its fallen nature will only drive us to sin. That is why Paul says clearly: “ 12 So do not let sin have power over your body here on earth. You must not obey the body and let it do what it wants to do.” Romans 6 (NLT) Eng. Tunzo T 12

13 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT I must make a decision here on earth: To allow MY desires to drive me into what it likes, i.e. sin – or - God to lead me into His will, i.e. righteousness. Each one of us must decide ourselves. It is our individual business to decide. We need the Holy Spirit to help us to, yet each one of us must make a decision Eng. Tunzo T 13

14 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT How can I achieve that decision? “Think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But now you have new life because of Jesus Christ our Lord. You are living this new life for God” - Romans 6 (NLT) Resurrection is only after death!! Unfortunately, we MUST COUNT ourselves dead to sin TO REALLY BE DEAD to sin! Eng. Tunzo T 14

15 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT I- COUNT YOURSELF DEAD TO SIN Power that kills the old man in us is at the Cross of Jesus, and is secured by an individual as he/she daily count him/herself dead to sin. It is called: CARRYING ONES CROSS DAILY! And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me - Lu 9:23 (WEB). Eng. Tunzo T 15

16 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT BE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST In Galatians 2:20 Paul says: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (KJV). He is not saying “we are crucified...”. He says, “I am crucified...” Each one of us must make a decision of dying with Christ. Eng. Tunzo T 16

17 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT II- NEVER GIVE SATAN A CHANCE “ 13 Do not give any part of your body for sinful use” (Rom 6). I must take away my members from the grip of sin. I must not allow any member of my body to be used in sinful way. I must not allow the devil to use any part of me. Eng. Tunzo T 17

18 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT II- NEVER GIVE SATAN A CHANCE SAY “NO” TO SIN Titus2:11-14 we read: 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (KJV) Eng. Tunzo T 18

19 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD “Instead, give yourself to God as a living person who has been raised from the dead. Give every part of your body to God to do what is right.” (Rom 6) We must daily live a life of offering – giving ourselves to God as the living people after death! Eng. Tunzo T 19

20 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD IT IS TRUE YOU MAY BE A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN, SAVED, BORN OF THE SPIRIT 5 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:5-6) Eng. Tunzo T 20

21 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD Mighty things are already done for and to you 13 You were dead through your trespasses and the un-circumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; 15 having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it - Col 2 THESE ARE GREAT THINGS INDEED Eng. Tunzo T 21

22 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD Mighty Questions after one is born again: 1)What about my heart? 2)What about my soul, the seat of my desires, passions, loves, hatred etc? 3)Have I also given my love to God – my heart? Eng. Tunzo T 22

23 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD Mighty Questions after one is born again: 1)What about my heart? 2)What about my soul, the seat of my desires, passions, loves, hatred etc? 3)Have I also given my love to God – my heart? 9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it? Jer.17 Eng. Tunzo T 23

24 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD GOD’S MIGHTY PLAN FOR YOU AND ME HE IS GOING TO EFFECT A COMPETE REPLACEMENT! 26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them - Ezek. 36 We EACH need a divine surgery of our hearts and each get a transplant of a new heart, the heart of flesh. Eng. Tunzo T 24

25 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD The spirit is born again The heart is replaced! What about the body members? The physical body is a burden to us in discipleship. Eng. Tunzo T 25

26 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD The Bible says: 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the first- fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body - Romans 8. Eng. Tunzo T 26

27 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD In Romans 7 he says clearly: 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. 15 For I don't know what I am doing. For I don't practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do. 16 But if what I don't desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. 17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don't find it doing that which is good. Eng. Tunzo T 27

28 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD 19 For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice. 20 But if what I don't desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. 22 For I delight in God's law after the inward man, 23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? Eng. Tunzo T 28

29 LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT III- GIVE YOURSELF TO GOD Decide now! Break the power of sin in you! “Instead, give yourself to God as a living person who has been raised from the dead. Give every part of your body to God to do what is right.” (Rom. 6). “For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.” - Rom 6:14.. Eng. Tunzo T 29

30 HOLINESS This new birth of the spirit, the replacement of the heart, and the daily offering to God of our body members is what Peter calls HOLINESS: 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behaviour; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy." – 1Peter 1 Eng. Tunzo T 30

31 HOLINESS Easton’s Bible dictionary defines it this way: Holiness in the highest sense belongs to God (Isa 6:3; Re 15:4), and to Christians as consecrated to God's service, and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Ro 6:19,22; Eph 1:4; Tit 1:8; 1Pe 1:15). Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1Co 1:30; 2Co 7:1; Eph 4:23,24). Eng. Tunzo T 31

32 HOLINESS Holiness has two faces Consecration for God’s service and Personal Holiness Peter is saying that the former holiness must trigger the later – Personal holiness. Each one of us must learn that after we are consecrated, we must achieve for ourselves the personal holiness. Eng. Tunzo T 32

33 HOLINESS To the Christian, a born again fellow, the mind management and the life style management are naturally leading to the Personal holy living. 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behaviour; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy." 17 If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear – 1Pet.1 (WEB). Eng. Tunzo T 33

34 HOLINESS Writer of Hebrews 12:14 is saying very clearly: Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord Immediately he equates the pursuit of peace and holiness with living sinless life (Heb 12): 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birth-right Eng. Tunzo T 34

35 HOLINESS We should always remember that GOD WE SERVE IS HOLY! WE CANNOT SEE GOD WITHOUT BOTH TYPES OF HOLINESS OUR SERVICE WONT BE VALUABLE TO US BEFORE GOD IF WE DONT PURSUE HOLINESS! Peter says very clearly: “ 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behaviour” 1Pet 1:15 Eng. Tunzo T 35

36 HOLINESS We serve a Holy God We must be holy if we want to ever “see” Him – See Him touching areas of our lives See Him touching our families See Him using us in His service See Him giving us habitation in heaven See him... NO HOLINESS, NO SEEING GOD! Eng. Tunzo T 36

37 HOLINESS In Isaiah 57 we read: “ 15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” NO HOLINESS, NO LIVING WITH GOD! Eng. Tunzo T 37

38 HOLINESS Jeremiah, after the teaching on the heart conditions, the danger of curses and blessings of depending on the LORD, he prayed: 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise – Jer.17 The heart prayer is: God, please change me, and I will be changed! We need God to intervene in our situation for sure we cannot change ourselves. GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME!! Eng. Tunzo T 38

39 PURSUIT OF HOLINESS – OUR PRIMARY CALLING 1Peter 1 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ-- 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behaviour; 16 because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy." 17 If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear – World English Bible Eng. Tunzo T 39

40 SONG: RAGGED CROSS OLD RUGGED CROSS Stanza 1 of 4 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain. Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown. Eng. Tunzo T 40

41 SONG: RAGGED CROSS OLD RUGGED CROSS Stanza 2 of 4 Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown. Eng. Tunzo T 41

42 SONG: RAGGED CROSS OLD RUGGED CROSS Stanza 3 of 4 In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see, For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown. Eng. Tunzo T 42

43 SONG: RAGGED CROSS OLD RUGGED CROSS Stanza 4 of 4 To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear; Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share. Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown. Eng. Tunzo T 43


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