2:1 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2:2 For if the message spoken through angels1 proved to be so firm that every violation2 or disobedience received its just penalty, 2:3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, 2:4 while God confirmed their witness3 with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed4 according to his will.
Wow, if the Angels had heard it an spoke it, and the one’s that saw Jesus heard it… how hard is it for us to hear and listen to His word? Think about the downline and how it came to us… First spoken in the heavens… leading to the Evil one being cast out from the Kingdom… then practiced and learned throughout the old testament… miracle after miracle, war after war, and then Christ arrives… a walking, talking, exact replication of the HOLY GOD.. a perfect image of our Lord, the disciples and a few others hear Him, and see HIS work… then the cross, death, resurrection… to come to us? 2017? Is it not completely and totally amazing that the message reached us… in it’s fullness, and solid and still breathing as the Word of God, sharper than any sword, inspired and delivered still today be the HOLY SPIRIT.
Words that come to mind are relentless, unchanging, forever, trustworthy, King, Conquerer…. God confirmed everything for us… Jesus proved it.. the Holy Spirit delivers and empowers… what else do you need to keep it ALIVE in you?
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:11-12.
A simple sentence right – The Passions of your flesh WAGE WAR AGAINST YOUR SOUL. Who wants their soul to be at war? Abstaining from the “passions of flesh” is the answer? We read and study and learn and try and dig and yearn….. but it can be simple really… be doing great deeds and glorify God. Find your mission. Focus on that. Dump all the other crap and junk and useless pursuits. What do they bring us? Nothing more than WAR AGAINST OUR SOULS. No thanks. We’re not looking for that. We’re looking for the glory of God and good deeds. Being a citizen that contributes to the good of mankind.
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
I’m not sure i remember these verses being covered in Sunday School as much as the others? I cannot even recall when I may have even seen these verses at all? Does this setting not completely describe our social settings here today? Rich vs Poor? Recently, two different friends started discussions on finances with me and both became transparent enough to describe their needs. The problem here was why did they wait 3-4 months to tell me of their accurate situations? Maybe humility, maybe hesitation from shame, maybe earnest efforts to “not ask another” yet now that there is an awareness there can be assistance. Or perhaps it was the presentation of myself that inhibited their sharing? I am raising my hand here as one that has “become a judge with evil thoughts.”
Break us down Father. Bring us to a broken state of dependence that eradicates judgement and assumption. Please provide our manna Lord yet help us to know it’s portion value and realize the needs or concerns of our brothers. Install generosity in the man that has much and place them in a position to provide. Stretch provisions further God to carry your message of Hope and Love.
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?.
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Often “Discipline” may be missed as “trial” or “sufferings”. There is a difference. Lessons associated with learning may be discipline; a hardship turned into a blessing may be discipline; a death leading to a conversion may be a discipline or a “feeling” that leads to sitting under a more “disciplined” learning. Point is, we are TREATED AS SONS! To be a son and daughter of the King is a holy and awesome and glorious thing! Here we see that no matter our early father relationship, our Father is heaven reigns above all that and cares so much differently for us.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge it IS HARD TO FORGET PAINFUL MEMORIES. Maybe Discipline is NOT FORGETTING them but learning from them. Maybe His discipline involves us blessing our children in a different fashion than we were blessed by our parents, or maybe treating them as equally well as we were treated. I want to not get hung up on the word “discipline” rather get hung up on “treated as sons”. God has bestowed upon us HIS same love for Christ thanks to our trust in HIM and Christ work on the cross. We are HIS sons.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Last evening on the Plane ride home from Cleveland I was able to watch the Movie “Hacksaw Ridge”. It was much different than i imagined and now plan to watch it again with my son Sam.
The movie is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a soldier so firm in his convictions that he was almost court marshaled and imprisoned because of them. I will not spoil it for you but to find our true integrity and character, we are tested. Daily tests are going on against man to show what happens when integrity and character are challenged. Noah believed God and acted, Abraham believed God and acted, Christ believed God and acted, and Desmond Doss believed God and acted.
Make YOUR FAITH known to others and no matter what, stand up for your beliefs.
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
2 Timothy 2
Often I think “what can I do?” Many times weighed down thinking about the bad decisions I have made, poor choices, crooked deals, all of it. Most people I would meet throughout the day have no idea about my past. Therefore my mental ability to be used by God should be far higher than the one I self-create using my own brilliant judgement. (Hardly right?)
Point is, we are all very different yet hold the same high value to our Father in Heaven. We allow ourselves to be cleansed by Him and He starts using us as his mouthpiece, motivators, witnesses! Basically, WE CAN BE A BARNANBUS MAN!!!
Take your time with everyone but don’t slow down for the nay Sayers and hecklers.., avoid the useless arguemebrs that do nothing for the Kingdom! We are gold, silver, wood, & clay …. all useful and important to the King!
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.
19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:14-19
Do your Best. This brings me back to my friends at “Becoming Your Best” by Rob & Steven Shallenberger. Rob & Steve have designed an organization around this very principle… Be your best! What more can we attain to?
Try saying this out loud, “Good, better, best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best!!”
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15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Paraphrased – walk straight!
Quit jacking around with life and act as a man that wants to stand up for himself and honor God. No getting out of this one, just walk the dang line and live straight. That is the will of the Lord.
4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
1 Peter 4:4-6
Each day we can choose- bring life and light to others, or bring darkness. It is NOT EASY to want to live in the light and bring truth and grace to those we disagree with. Yet, if you don’t do that today who will? Be the different man. Be the son of the King He says we are. Be available and choose positive and encouraging. You may be the only hope someone receives today!