Tuesday, December 5, 2017
2 Peter 1:12-21
Peter shares timeless truths and reminds the readers and hearers of this letter of some fundamental truths concerning Christ. He acknowledges in verse fourteen what we all should bear in mind which is, life is temporary. He speaks of putting off of the body, or his death. Knowing this life is temporary he intends to finish well. Making every effort to share these things so when he is gone they may remember.
He goes on to say they did not follow cleaver schemes of man, but eternal truths of God. They knew it was from God, because they were eyewitnesses of Christ’s majesty. Peter and others saw, Jesus’ transfiguration, his resurrection, and going back to the Father.
The prophetic word has been confirmed in the eyewitness. It is a light in the darkness, and Advent celebrates the light coming into the darkness. The morning star will rise in your hearts. Prophecies don’t come from man, but men spoke from God through the Holy Spirit.
It is good to remember our time may be limited, but our message is timeless. Will we make every effort to share the truth of the eye witnesses? Sharing our faith is good news of great joy and it is for all the people. Will you share him with others this Advent Season?
Monday, December 4, 2017
2 Peter 1:1-11
Advent is a season of promise. The promises of ages past are coming to the fulfillment in Christ’s birth. These are wonderful and significant promises not just of Jesus’ time but for all time. Advent is about that time in human history but also about promises that God has made, through Jesus and will come-to-pass until Jesus’ comes again. It is in fact through these great promises that we have become partakers of the divine nature of God.
The divine nature is about transformation (becoming more like Christ) and not transaction (receiving salvation only without transformation). Salvation begins the process or journey. The scripture for today describes this journey.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
Salvation is the beginning of the transformational journey toward maturity in Christ. This journey will change our lives and those we are around each day. Let’s continue the journey together.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
We begin our Advent journey by remembering this is a season of anticipation. Each year when we celebrate Advent we also acknowledge there is a second advent or coming of Christ and we still wait for his return.
The news today was much like it was in Jesus’ day. There are political powers, news stories with all sorts of spin, religious groups, and individuals clamoring after fame and fortune. They will do anything even at others to get what they want.
We are told when we hear of such sensationalized news, we should not be terrified. We are told in advanced so when these things happen we can know that God is in control.
There will be many who will not want to deal with difficulties or struggle. There may also be some who will see difficulties of life as a sign that God is either not pleased with them or worse has failed them. Verse thirteen, mentions that during these times of difficulties, we have an opportunity to bear witness to the greatness of God and His provision for us.
What can we do or say when these difficulties come? Trust God, “for he will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”
Don’t be worried about the news of the day, or the persecutions of those around trust God and his wisdom. Take the struggles as an opportunity to bear witness about God’s glory.