Our Patient God–2 Peter 3

We often forget that God is patient. His desire is that all would come to know him.  In that regard, he has been willing to wait and watch as each generation continues to produce Godly folk that want to spend eternity with him.  But, make no mistake, while God is patient, he is also ready to put an end to this madness.  So as we spend our days following him, we should see from the signs that his patience is growing thin.

That is why we must live our lives as a message bearer–we need to live holy lives and also be ready for his return.  He will return without notice.  But until he does, we need to do all that we can to lead others into the kingdom.  To God time is of little importance.  What is important is that there are those who still need him and others that are willing to share the truth.  When both are gone, he will return.  So until then, we are to live holy lives.  Help me, Lord to share your gospel and live a life that is pleasing to you.

God Bless You

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.[a]

11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

A False Teacher’s Destiny–2 Peter 2

God takes seriously the diluting or falsifying of his message of hope and freedom.  He does not tolerate those that would use his name to extort, intimidate, control or in any other way deceive his chosen ones.  Like any father, he could tolerate someone attacking or trying to lead him astray, but if you mess with his kids, it will not go well for you.

So many have tried to use God’s message of freedom for personal gain or glory.  He tells us that the end for them will be awful.  We have to seek the truth.  We also have to carefully discern the message those who teach are spreading.  If their focus is on anyone other than the Lord, it is a sign they are not teaching the truth.  Their message should be clear, consistent and Christ centered, otherwise its veracity is suspect.  We need to follow the true message and teachers that are committed to its communication.  Help me Lord to listen to and teach the truth!

God Bless You

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

Confession With Passion–2 Peter 1 Final

Peter’s confession is unrivaled in passion and in credibility.  Here, he is writing to the church–soon before being hung upside down on a cross, letting them know this is a passion he gained through eye witness experience.  This same Peter–that denied Christ the night of his arrest.  The Peter that told God he did not like his cooking on a roof in Joppa.  The Peter that avoided the barbeque when Paul and kosher Christians showed up to meet with Gentile Christians–now is telling what he saw and heard that would convince anyone of the deity of Christ!

We are the same. We can go from fear to Fanatic by simply clinging to the truth of Christ as it has been shown in our lives.  We have all seen and experienced the difference the relationship has brought in our lives.  We have done great things and we have failed–but, no matter what we can stand before others and passionately tell them What a difference he has made in our lives.  We simply need to remember and cling to the countless times he has intervened on  our behalf.

We need not be afraid–He loves us as we are and knows us as the frail children that we sadly remain.  We simply need to also know him for the mighty God he is and follow him accordingly!

God Bless You

For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,[e] 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”[f] 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines[g] in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,[h] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

His Divine Power is Enough–2 Peter 1 Part 1

ownWe say it all the time–We follow and he does the work. It is God’s Power that allows us to become the saints we dream to be.  He only wants for us the very thing we want for ourselves.  He wants us to be like him.  Not to show us off as little clones, but so that we can live life as it was intended to be–free and glorious.

So as we begin that process, it becomes a building effect. First we gain the faith in Christ, pour in Goodness–sprinkle in Knowledge.  Mix those dry ingredients with self control, godliness, perseverance, mutual affection and love and amazingly you create the very image of Christ.  God is the creator.  He wrote the manual–not for his benefit, but for ours.  That is why we simply live learn and grow. then we become like him more each day–Christian, Little Christ–What an amazing product

God Bless You

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

After You Have Suffered a little While–I Peter 5 Final

Father abd ChildWhat a great promise–The God of all Grace…Will Himself Restore you and make you strong!  It simply does not get any better than that.  In a world that delegates and automates, Our God promises to make you his personal project of restoration and strength.  That is simply what dads do–they do not delegate or automate they care personally for their kids.

We must live by faith–the faith that while we do suffer, we neither suffer alone, nor, do we suffer forever.  We live a life of seasons. In our season of trials, we realize that God is God–and we are not.  When He walks with us through the season of trials, he personally cares for us, restores us and strengthens us.  The same holds true in our seasons of peace and prosperity.  In every season, He promotes, protects and provides for us. So as we journey with him, we need to focus upon him as our provider, protector and source of strength and restoration.

God Bless You

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen

Care Free Warfare–I Peter 5 Part 2

The enemy is a great foe.  He knows every weakness we leave exposed. The great news is that it is still our choice to stand for the Lord or fall for the enemies lies.  The Lord is ready to take our burden, if, we simply follow him.  We have to employ the spiritual armor provided by the Spirit of God.  We can pray without ceasing–that keeps our focus on him and not on the enemy.

In addition, he provides his word as our offensive weapon.  He provides fellowship with other warriors for support. His spirit acts as a guide and comfort during the battle. Finally, He is our anchor, our protector, our provider and our healer throughout this war. 

It is true, we have a mighty foe…But, we have an even mightier God–Thank you, Father for being all that we need to stand firm and face our enemy!

God Bless You

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Lead Humbly– Follow Humbly –1 Peter 5 Part 1

As we continue on the Amazing Journey, we find ourselves in position to both lead and follow.  Sometimes our leadership is due to job, parenting or circumstance.  Other times it is simply because we are the oldest one in the group.  That is happening more and more at my house.

The critical part of leadership and following is the ability to do both in humility.  As a leader, one leads sacrificially and without need of credit.  As a follower, one listens and happily follows knowing he is following for a purpose. In either role, a selfless attitude will set you apart and make you look like our Lord and make an impact that will become a legacy.

God Bless You

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.