Brothers in Arms

2 Peter 1:3-11

[3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. [5] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. [8] 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. [9] For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. [10] Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (ESV)

This morning’s reading in 2 Peter places emphasis on ways to stay strong and fervent in faith. And, again, Peter brings us to each other. Using each other as a way to supplement our faith.   Last evening we hosted an “engagement celebration” for a young couple that has grown into our family. As we sat on the patio into the evening the conversations ranged from stories of experience to what it will take to “keep” each other’s attention and build a lasting marriage. As the experience telling continued I thought back throughout the stories my wife was telling and everyone of them had the same remedy or solution to the hardship….   OTHER PEOPLE.   Time and time again there were other people that given time or words to us at key moments that either inspired us individually or brought us together as a God fearing couple.

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This week alone I have had phone calls & texts with fellow Barnabas Men on many topics. The point is this LEANING on each other was done by Jesus and the disciples daily. How many new testament readings do we find one disciple to another lifting up or Jesus to the 12 encouraging and counting on each other. ALL OF THEM.  And here in 2nd Peter it reads again… “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, BROTHERLY AFFECTION, and LOVE!!!”

Do not hear me wrong in this …. sin is wrong and destroys and the wages of sin are death..   yet for the believer, through repentance in CHRIST and belief in His Name, that wage has been paid and there is NO destruction… only growth and fruit, and discipline. I believe that BEYOND the SIN is where the real action course takes place. Is it harder for a man to commit the sin or is it harder for a man to admit the sin to his GOD and wife? or to his brother or parent? Do you see that?   Course correction and/or “righting” the ship is far greater a task that stopping the act of sin.  So we bring it back to others…

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Unconfessed SIN and continued disobedience will keep you out of heaven and away from God. I have seen it in my own life and countless others. But when a man is TRANSPARENT and continually pressing into the LORD and his brothers.. what can break him? Job, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Benaiah, David, Paul, Simon Peter, Barnabas, Jeremiah.. and on and on and on… every man before you had to use the SAME SUPPLEMENTATION OF HIS FAITH.   

FatherI pray this morning for the Barnabas Men and every man in the world that woke up this morning and thought for a split second that he could do life alone. We read in the first words of GENESIS that EVEN YOU and the SON and the HOLY SPIRT were together before time. Can you interrupt our minds and actions Lord to put a stop to our sins? Father can you teach us that isolation and independence are synonymous with pride and death? Let be your sons and you have promised Lord and let us open our arms to those around us, and open our hearts and mouths. Father help us to pick up the phone more often and tell it like it is when needed. Flush us of ourselves God and refill with yourself. Together in your name we come to you God. YOU ARE THE ONE.

Supplement your faith


Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude.

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