1 John 1:3 What We Proclaim

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

John starts out this letter with talking about what he is going to tell you. He is going to talk about what he and the other disciples had seen and heard concerning Jesus.

Just before this verse John describes Jesus as the Word of Life. Remember in Genesis that God had spoken everything into existence. Everything was created by the Word of God. Now that Jesus has come He is described as the Word of Life. God’s Word is the only thing that can bring about life. Jesus came to bring life. Every person on earth is dead in sins until Jesus brings life to him. He is the giver of life.

Now imagine how many things the disciples must have seen when walking and talking with Jesus. It is stated that if everything that Jesus said and did were to be written down, there would not be enough books in the world to contain all that information. That is a lot of information. The Gospels only contain a small part of what He said and did.

The value in his telling what Jesus said and did is that it shows you today who Jesus was and what He was like. Since Jesus is God, He does not change, He is the same today as He was 2,000 years ago and will continue to be that way.

What does that have to do with you today? Each believer has his own personal experience with God. He sees and knows God in the methods God has chosen to reveal Himself. Each person is unique. You have your own unique story about your experience with Jesus. No one else has the exact same story as you. This story is your testimony about your walk with God in this life.

Today, just like John, you need to pass on the information you know about Jesus. Jesus, who is the Word of Life, has given you new life. Tell others what Jesus has done for you. Tell others what Jesus means to you. Tell others how Jesus has changed your life. Allow others to share in the fellowship you have with the Father and with Jesus His Son. This will make your joy even more complete.

I pray that today God will help you to remember all He has done for you; that God will give you the boldness to tell others what He has done for you; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will draw others to Jesus through your testimony.

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2 Peter 3:17-18 On Your Guard

“Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18

Peter ends this letter with the reminder that you have been forewarned of what is to come. He talked about the false prophets and teachers that will come and of the sudden return of Jesus with the destruction of the world.

In knowing all of this information you are told to be on your guard. What are you to be on your guard against? It is the false teachings that will be taught around you. It is the pattern of living that the lawless people will live. The world will live as though free, while yet in bondage to sin. Do not allow yourself to slip into that lifestyle.

To protect yourself in this you are told to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus first chose to save you, before you wanted to be saved. All you had to do was accept that salvation. You have His favor. In Christ you have salvation and become the person God wants you to be and do the things God wants you to do. Without Christ you can do nothing of value.

Knowledge of Jesus Christ tells you who He is, what He desires and how He acts and speaks. Read the Bible to see who Jesus is and what He is like. You are to be like Christ Jesus in all that you do. Remember that Jesus only did and said what He saw His Father (God) saying and doing. You must act and speak in the same way. If you act and speak in the way Jesus did, you will also be doing what God the Father is doing.

Living this way will help you be on guard against false teachings. It will keep you on the straight and narrow path to God. Do not allow yourself to be swayed to the right or left of the path God has you on.

All of this way of living is for His glory. It is not to make you look good or earn you points with God. Nothing you can do will earn you points with God. Your salvation is only in believing in Jesus and following Him. For this very reason He is the one to receive all the glory.

I pray today that God will reveal more of His grace to you; that you will grow in the knowledge of Jesus; that you will not be carried away by false teachings; and that God will receive all the glory.

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2 Peter 3:10 Destruction

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:10

Here, Peter talks about the return of Jesus. He describes a little of what it will be like. The first thing is that His return will be like a thief in the night. If you knew when a thief would strike, all you would have to do is be ready at the time he will show up and catch him in the act. Up to that time you would not even have to be ready.

The problem is that no one knows when the thief will come. Since you do not know the time of the strike, you must watch and be ready at all times. Many people have alarm systems on their homes to alert them of a thief or unwanted person. These alarm systems work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week never stopping.

In this same way of being alert and ready for the thief you must be ready for the return of Jesus. There will be no advertisement stating the date and time of His return in advance. There is no alarm system that will work. It will be very quick and if you are not watching, you will be caught not ready.

Along with the return of Jesus will be the destruction of the world. Everything you see and have purchased over time will be destroyed. All the physical things you have worked hard to obtain will be destroyed. With this destruction everything that has been done will be laid out open to be seen.

The pride of obtaining large homes will be seen; the failure of value in accumulating great wealth will be seen; fame and fortune will be seen as of no value; and the hearts of sin behind all actions will be exposed. The only things left will be the souls of men and women. These are left for God to judge.

Where are you setting up your treasure? Where is your wealth? Is it in the things of this world that will be destroyed or in God? What are you waiting for: better economic times or for the return of Jesus? Are you waiting for your ship to come in or are you waiting for your Saviour to return?

I pray that today God will help you to be ready for His return; that God will guide you in how to live for Him today; that you will store up your treasures in heaven; that you will daily watch for the return of Jesus; and that God will give you His peace about His return.

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2 Peter 3:8-9 God’s Patience

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9

In this final chapter of Peter’s book, he talks about people in the last days joking about the coming of Jesus. He warns that in the last days many will ask where Jesus is and why He has not yet come.

Now you are reminded to remember that God is a patient God. In reality God is outside of time because He always was and always will be. Time means very little to Him. In this way you are told that with God a thousand days are like a day and vice versa.

As a finite human being, time means a lot. Sixty years are a long time when the average lifespan is only about 80 years. Today people want everything faster and faster. When you boot up a computer and it takes 2 minutes to boot up, you get upset because your friend has one that boots up in 1 minute. Neither time is really that much time in light of the 525,600 minutes in one year, but at the moment it is a long time.

God is patient because He does not want anyone to perish. Jesus came to the earth to save every person. How valuable is one person’s soul? Jesus died for that one person so it must have a very high value. If this is correct, why not be patient to save that soul?

All around you today there will be people trying to tell you that Jesus will never come back if He has not done so by now; that Jesus failed in His promise because He has not come back yet. Look at the whole Bible and see all of the promises of God. See how many of them have already been fulfilled. Keep this in mind when you start to question about Jesus ever returning again. Even more so, keep it in mind, when you see all the evil going on around you and it looks like God has lost the battle.

As you wait for the return of Jesus seek opportunities to tell someone else about Him. Seek to bring more people to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Use this time to build His kingdom, just as He is doing. Do not be discouraged. Do not lose faith. Just as the one minute really means nothing in a year, neither does a thousand years in an eternity.

I pray that today that God will give you His patience; that God will open doors for you to be His witness; that God will draw many more people to Him through you; and that you will not lose faith in His promise to return.

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2 Peter 2:19 False Freedom

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19

Peter continues talking about the false prophets and what they are like. The previous verses talk about how they are cursed and walking the wrong path in life. Now he talks about their offering freedom.

In America, freedom is a highly treasured privilege. Every person loves his or her freedom to say and do what they desire. All around the country you hear about the rights of freedom of speech and action. Very common today is the freedom to live in a homosexual relationship with all rights given. For a long time there has been the fight of a woman’s right to have an abortion.

This country was founded on the principle of freedom. One of the great freedom’s fought for was freedom to worship God as you desire. Although this freedom is still in effect in our country it is slowly diminishing.

The world now wants a new type of freedom. They want freedom from religion. This is freedom from being held accountable for their actions. It is freedom from having to follow a correct set path.

Although it looks like freedom to be able to say and do whatever one desires, it really is not. This freedom is false. It is in all reality slavery. Each person is enslaved by the sinful acts he desires to do. People often talk about how they cannot help doing what they do or living like they do. There is some truth in this. They are slaves to sin.

Every person is born in sin. Only by accepting what Jesus has done for him a person can be set free from that sin. Only Jesus has the power to overcome sin. Only Jesus can break the hold of sin upon a person’s life.

Only you and God know what bondages you have in your life. Ask God to reveal what those bondages are. Ask God to help break those bondages. Live for God and live in real freedom. It may seem like bondage to live the conservative lifestyle that God desires, but it is only for your best. Following Jesus gives you the freedom to live life abundantly for God. Choose this freedom, not the false freedom of the world.

I pray that today God will guide you into living in His freedom; that God will break the bondage to sin in your life; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to have power over sin in your life; and that God will help you to live the true life of freedom in Jesus.

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2 Peter 2:1 False Prophets

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.” 2 Peter 2:1

Peter is talking about the false prophets in the Old Testament among the people of Israel. All the way throughout the Old Testament you can read about false prophets leading the people astray.

Some people try to state that there are not many false prophets today because you do not see people directly worshipping idols. Although it is not common in the USA for people to worship idols, they do worship many other things instead and in different ways.

Turn on the TV and you will see “Christian” preachers telling you that all you need to do is send some money to their ministry and pray and God will bless in financially making you wealthy. Others will preach that God accepts you living in sinful ways. Things that are directly called sin in the Bible is now often not called a sin.

Often the false teachers do not speak out with bold-faced heresies. They will speak some truth mixed with false statements. This makes them to appear as good and of God, but in reality they are false. Some have even gone so far as to state Jesus is not the only way to be saved, even though they claim to be Christian. Either way they speak, their false teachings will bring about destruction by God.

You need to be careful in what you are learning. Stay in God’s Word yourself. When you hear a teaching, double-check with the Bible if what is being said is true. Study all of God’s Word, not just a few verses or portions. Take the Word as a whole, not only in part. Ask God to guide you in correctly understanding His Word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray today.

I pray today that God will guide you in knowing His Word; that God will reveal the false prophets among you; that God will open your eyes to false teachings; that God will help you to teach His Word correctly; and that God will remove false prophets around you.

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Prayer Request

This morning just as my shift finished I was brought into the office with my top two bosses. Along with them was some HR personnel. I was then given notice that I was being laid off from the job due to financial cuts.

At first I was very shocked because for the last several months the yard I worked at was the top producing for the company in the country. I was given a severance package.

As I drove home I cried out to cried asking why. After a little bit I felt God tell me to just trust Him. I then remembered this mornings blog on remembering what He has done.

God has never left me or let me be destroyed. I had been having some very bad struggles with my boss for the last few months. It felt like he was trying to get rid of me. Both my wife and I feel that this is God’s way to close one door in order to open another door.

I do not know right now what is in store for me, but I know my God will never leave me not forsake me. I know that God has something better in store for my family and I.

I ask for you to pray with us for God’s direction and favor; that God will open the right door and close all others; that I will know the correct door to accept; and that God will provide for my family as He has done in the past. Thank you and may God bless you!

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