July 29th, 2016
We’re Halfway There!
The halfway mark is here, can you believe it? Just 4 weeks ago we all started this summer study challenge in 2 Peter.
When you look back at chapter one we read about the qualities that believers need to strive to live by. Not just when we feel like it but by “applying all diligence” or as the ESV says, “make every effort”. How many times have we fallen short of “making every effort” to complete a task or finish a homework assignment? It happens to all of us, but does that mean we Just throw in the towel and say, “Well it’s just too tough?” No, of course not. As believers we have this true knowledge of Jesus Christ and as verse 2 Peter 1:3 says that “His divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness…”
Why is this important? In chapter 2 we read about the warning of false prophets and false teachers. Does this sound familiar to you? Do you see that happening in our world today? The truth is, unfortunately it is happening and that’s why this second letter, that Simon Peter wrote, is just as important as it was back when he wrote it, as it is today. You can’t turn on the TV or go on the Internet without hearing news stories filled with hatred, pain, and suffering. We see this even in churches as they conform more and more to what the world says is right, rather than following what God ‘s Word says.
So I ask you again, why is this all important? In a world so filled with corruption, we as believers can’t live out these qualities on our own. We’re simply bound to fail. BUT when we believe in faith that Christ has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, we know that we can do it with God’s help. As we continue reading through 2 Peter 2 we read that God will rescue the righteous just as he did Lot from the corruption of Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah and his family from the flood. Praise the Lord!
God is showing me so much over these past few weeks and it’s exciting to think that there’s still four weeks of study left. What has God been showing you? Maybe you’ve read these scripture verses before but God revealed something new to you? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re praying that God would continue to move in power through you as you work through dig deep in His Word this summer.