Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Gird up the loins of your Mind.
2000 years ago, in Israel, people were wearing long dresses like robe so, if you want to do active work, such as war or if you want to run, you must tuck the robe into your belt or gird them up in order to leave your legs free.
Gird the loin of your mind means to prepare your mind for action.
Pull in all unwanted thoughts from your mind, Get ready. Get rid of any kind of thinking which will hinder your action.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
What you think that is what you are. Your thought governs in your action. Your action is more powerful than your word.
It is a state of your mind that causes you to think clearly and to work without hesitation.
Think clearly, Control Your Mind.
1 peter 1:13
3 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest yourhope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelationof Jesus Christ; Therefore
Verse 1&2 says “You are elected by the foreknowledge of God, Hand picked by God”.
Verse 3 says “You became a member of God’s family; you have a living hope on this earth”
Verse 4 says “You have an inheritance in heaven, which is incorruptible”
Verse 5 says “You are kept by the power of holy spirit on this earth”
Verse 6 says “you have various trials, all trials are for a while”
Verse 7 says “Test of your faith is more precious than test of Gold. During these trials you are in the process of transforming to the devine nature of Christ.”
Verse 8 says “You love and trust Jesus in your trials even though you are not seeing him, but because of the relationship with him, you have joy in your trials, One day, you are going to see him face to face then you will receive full of glory, you will be like him”
Verse 10-12 says “Old testament prophets have prophesized about this great Grace to be revealed, Jesus Christ has fullfilled those prophesies on the cross, apostles preach about this grace, but we received this grace.”
Angels have marveled about this great salvation, they have a great desire in their heart to be a part of this salvation. But God has chosen you and me to speak about this salvation, to bring the people from the bondage of satan to the freedom of Christ.
You have been saved by God in order to do his will on Earth.
1 peter 1:13
3 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Be sober:
Don’t be drunk. This verse is talking about the condition of your mind. Being sober enables us to act effectively.
Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober
First (gird up the loins of your mind) is the state of Your mind, Second (be sober) is the condition of your mind.
You can pray, but at the same time you can pray effectively by knowing the will of God about the subject that you are going to pray about.
All of the prayers of Jesus were answered, because Jesus knows the will of God and accordingly he prayed.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
I was thinking, how dare he could pray a prayer of judgment? But God did hear his prayer and God shut up the heaven. There was no rain for three and half years.
ISRALITES were serving another God, there was no spiritual leader, and people have been worshiping the idols by the influence of jezebel.
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, 17 lest the Lord’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, andthe land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
Elijah was praying effectively. How? By knowing God’s will. How do you know God’s will? There are lots of general wills of God in the bible. Elijah prayed as per the word of God.
Think clearly, act effectively. This is one of the essential habits a Christian needs to destroy the strategies of satan.
Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest yourhope fully upon the grace
I can simplify this verses as:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
For you Died
When we were saved, our old man died, means, our old nature died, and we have new nature, the Nature of Christ.
Old nature died means that we are no more slave to old nature. We are no more slaves to sin. The grip of sin is removed by the power of Holy Spirit who is in us, but you are not away from the power of sin.
1 John 2:1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 AndHe Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
You may not Sins Here sin is the old nature or fallen nature and sins is the fruit of the old nature.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him that the body of sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves of sin. If anyone sins, (fruits of old nature) believers do sins because the power of old nature. We are away from the grip of sin notaway from the power of sin.
Sin (old man) is the root and sins (power of sin) are the fruits of sin.
Your spiritual Past: You Died.
Then you raised up with Christ
The old man died, Jesus gave his life for us, so we have new life. We rose up with Christ from death.
Your life is hidden with Christ in God. Our present condition.
Raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
God made us sit together in heavenly places
Which does not mean that you are in heaven, but written we are in heavenly places. In this life you and I able to exercise all heavenly blessings
love, peace, joy and victory over satanic strategies.
We are hidden with Christ in God. Here, saying about all provisions, protections and living promises.
Set your mind on heavenly things
- For your spiritual growth
- For your character transformation
- For knowing the will of God. Because you are representing Christ on this earth.
Otherwise you will set your mind on earthly things and your new man will become week and old man become strong.
Satan is not able to touch you, because you are hidden with Christ in God, But he is able to put his thought in your mind and implement his agendas in your life. To escape from satanic strategies, You must set your mind on heavenly things.
Peter said: Rest your hope fully upon the grace.
1 peter 1:14-15
Asobedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 butas He who called you is holy,you also be holy in all yourconduct
Now he moved from mind to action.
God’s part: You became the member of God’s family. You are Heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ. You are under his provision, protection and promises.
God has great expectation from you, since you are his children
“Be holy in all your Conduct:”
Why did God said “to be holy”
Jesus will never give you a command unless he gives you the power to keep the commandment.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
As obedient children:
When you are born again, God put his spirit or holy spirit in us to help you to live a holy life. So we called him Helper.
1 peter 1:16
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
It is word of God. It is written to be Holy
A sower sow the seed, fell into a good field, it produced a crop of 30, 60 and 100.
Sower sow the seed fell among thorns becomes unfruitful.
Because the result of the seed depends upon your submission.
How much ever you are submissive to the Holy Spirit, that much you are Holy.
Think clearly so you can act effectively, Set your mind on spiritual things otherwise you set your mind on heavenly things, Be holy as your Father is Holy, because you are representing Jesus Christ On this earth.
Our submission towards Spirit of God determines our character transformation.