Tag: God’s sure word

Pray for strength to stand!

Scripture reading for March 31st: Luke 21

Key Scriptures: Luke 21:33-36 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away. But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” And every day He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.”

Jesus was plain in warning His disciples and those who would follow their message concerning the final judgment before the Son of Man. This world has many attractions and diversions that capture men and hold them in a state of unpreparedness for this judgment. Man operates from his heart–the inner man and God sees each heart. When hearts are weighed down and hardened by sins and even the cares and troubles of life, preparations for this judgment are put off and those so burdened are lulled into a dangerous lack of perception. They neglect to remember that life here is short and that following this life, all must give an account before God. Jesus urgently pleaded with all who would listen to stay awake and guard their hearts through prayer and faith. He wanted all to stand and none to be caught in the sudden trap of a heavy heart! He was also warning these disciples of the coming battle in the Garden of Gethsemane where they would sleep while He wrestled in prayer, sweating great drops of blood.

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your loving warning of future accounting. I want to stand without shame or condemnation. Give me wisdom today to fulfil Your Word and will and avoid the traps of this world. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit empowering me to pray and stand as evil increases in these last days.

Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

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God’s established Word!

Scripture reading for November 27th: 2nd Peter 1:1-21

Peter’s final letter in the Bible was written to encourage believers in the church to grow in their understanding of Christ.  The church of that time was being attacked by false teachers who brought in destructive heresies and practiced immorality.  By knowing Christ and His Word, the church would be able to stand firm against this attack from within.  These instructions are needed today in our time and culture as well!

“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2nd Peter 1:1-3)

Peter’s introduction reveals his humble servant’s heart.  Although Peter was one of the leaders of the apostles, he thought of himself as a servant first of all.  He understood that righteousness was the result of faith in Jesus Christ and a gift from God to all who believe.  He knew that faith came by hearing the word of God and that knowledge of God came from the word of God.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to you faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, 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.” (2nd Peter 1:5-8)

Growing in faith requires discipline and study of God’s word with application.  There are many qualities here that come from true knowledge of Jesus Christ.  These traits develop as we purposely seek to add them to our life and invite Christ to live in us and use us.  Peter explained to the church that he had first-hand knowledge of Christ and was an eye-witness of His Glory at the transfiguration.  The church now has the word of Scripture passed down by the prophets and apostles.  We must pay attention to it to gain our knowledge of Christ!  It is a light shining in a dark place! (2nd Peter 1:19-21)

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