James 1:12-15

James 1:12-15 -God Never Temps Us


James 1:12-15 -G
od Never Temps Us

  • [12] Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
  • [13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
  • [14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  • [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)
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James 1:12-15

Who tempts us?

Many people believe that God, as a loving God, should not allow bad things to happen to his children.

God loves us and doesn’t want bad things to happen to us. However, when the enemy comes along with a temptation, we have the God-given right (free-will) to either go with it or stand against it.

We should never accuse God of bringing unrighteous desires upon us. He does not tempt us – the enemy does!

We need to be very careful of temptations. Satan tries hard to keep us in sin. In many instances, when tempted, we find ourselves giving in, and that when the problems start.

Our Earthly desires

Our earthly desires tends to put us on a path, where we no longer rely on God. Instead, we rely on ourselves, believing we are capable of getting everything we think we need. Usually these temptations are “wants” rather than “needs”. We accept the temptation and then blame God when they get too heavy to carry.

An example: We want a new car and the financing doesn’t work out. What do we do? We go place to place, desperately in search of getting our own financing and sure enough we get it. God knew we weren’t in a position to handle a new car payment, but we wouldn’t listen, the pull and compulsion were very strong.

Soon the payments become heavy enough that we turn away from God, blaming him for not helping us in the first place and now for not getting us out of the situation that we are in.

James writes to struggling people

James (the half-brother of Jesus) is writing to people who are struggling. Although they are Christians, they are miserable and find their lives full of hardships. They are blaming God!

James tells them that the problems they suffer are due to their own selfish desires. Earthly longings that we feel do not come from God.

He encourages the people; that instead of moaning about the difficulties, be joyful that they are learning important lessons. James tells them to turn to God in faith and gain strength from Him to deal with all they are going through.

The followers who can live in joy and peace and, continue to depend on Christ, in all circumstances, (good and bad) will be rewarded for their faith.

God will reward faithful followers with the crown of life at their death. That is to say, God has promised eternal life to those who love Him.

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Red arrow points downwards with words Given by Lusts.  Large text says
needs temptation wants
James 1:12-15

My Prayer for James 1:12-15

Much honour to you FatherJehovah – Shammah – The Lord is There

I confess to you Lord, that I have been enticed and lured away from you on many occasions.

In those times I have wanted something that seemed never coming and so I have chosen to follow a wrong path to “make it happen”.

Over time and through many trials, I am now maturing in my walk with you. Do I always make the right choice? No! But finally, I am learning how to handle my impulses. Thank you Lord for your love and grace as I grow.

I am finally at a point where I realize

  • Satan will tempt me.
  • And, I must be prepared for the temptations of Satan.
  • Even as a Christian, I am susceptible towards sin and I must learn to overcome temptation.
  • And I know that it is up to me to assume personal responsibility for the choices I make.
  • I realize that when I fail, I must repent and stand strong in faith, without complaint.
  • I am aware that I must put on a happy face. I am not to moan, groan and complain about my situation but to be happy that I am learning a valuable; albeit hard lesson.
  • I recognize that during these times I must not turn away from you. Because, if I do turn away that gives the possibility of me continuing down the wrong path. One that would lead me away from you altogether and bring me eternal death.
  • I understand that I must turn immediately to you. Especially in times of temptation.
  • Regardless of my situation, when I stay close with faith in you, I will be rewarded with the crown of life – eternity with you.

Thank you Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  • An unknown author wrote:
  • Happy are those who remain faithful under trials because, when they succeed in passing a test, they will receive as their reward, the life which God has promised to those who love Him.

God asks us to follow him, however, we are never forced to do so. Psalm 32: 8-10

When We Are Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 – When We Are Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 – When We Are Burdened

  • 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
  • 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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I have used these same verses on the blog Prayer for Salvation but felt the Lord urging me to take it in another direction. I find it fascinating that God’s Word can touch so many different aspects of our lives.

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Matthew 11:28-30

If we are still carrying heavy burdens by ourselves it’s because we have not given them over to The Lord. He will always help us, but we must ask. At times we either forget God or immediately turn to others instead.

The worse situation is when the enemy gets into our space and convinces us not to trust The Lord. So, we continue carrying the burdens, hoping for a solution of our own making.

I have heard people say “Just give it over to the Lord” or “Let God carry it for you” or ” Trust in the Lord”. I wasn’t sure how to do that, so I asked God how I could accomplish it.

This is what He told me…

  • He loves me in a way that no human could ever love me.
  • I was loved before the foundation of the earth and will be loved into eternity.
  • Because of his great love for me, when I ask for help, he will take my hand and guide me.
  • The Lord will help me learn how to handle my problems, however; he will not just take them away.

As I began reading and studying scripture and learning more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I came to realize that in all times and in all circumstances, I am to talk to God. Thank him for whatever I am going through; good or bad. No that’s not an error, we must be thankful for the difficult times as well as the good. The difficult situations are the times of growth, something (believe it or not) that we usually end up being thankful for.

“Just let it go” was not easy for me.

  • Knowing all of this, I tried to lean on the Father.
  • I like to plan and have everything happen in the order I think it should be in.
  • Staying on my time line, from beginning to end, without complications.
  • There was always a plan B,C,D and E as well.
  • Always believing I have everything covered. Lol.
  • But every time my plans failed, (as they did quite often) panic would set in.

I really thought that I was giving the burdens over to God, but unfortunately, I was still holding onto them (or at least some of part of them.) After years of trying and failing, I got so frustrated one day that I gave up and said (from deep inside my soul) “Okay Father, you do it!” It was at that point I finally realized God would truly lead me and guide me and I learned let it all go.

Now, here’s how I face a situation

  • Now when I encounter a challenging situation, I take a deep breath and attempt to relax.
  • I coax myself not to panic, but to remember that God is in control and I am his child.
  • He knows what is happening and that gives me the confidence to follow wherever he leads me.

Most often that leading takes me straight to the Bible, to his Word. I look up passages regarding my situation and I read, meditate and pray over them until I feel a peacefulness come over me.

The more I take in his word, the easier it is for me to believe for a good ending to the situation. Even before I see it with my eyes using faith. If I slip up and say or think something like “I’m not sure this will work” I immediately command the thought of non-belief to leave me immediately and I thank God that he is in control.

Then I draw in closer to the Lord

  • Repeating verses like: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
  • Listening to and sing songs that speak the word of God.
  • As I lean on the words (either said or sung)  they go deep into my soul and then I find it much easier to rest in the Lord.

I also do exactly what my Heavenly Father tells me to do, no matter how strange it may appear to me. (Please do not do something that goes against the Lord’s Will because that is not what I’m saying).

However, if God leads me say, to bundle up and go for a walk, then I’ll do it. If then I get a feeling to stop somewhere and just wait outside on a freezing cold day, I’ll do it. It may not make sense to me but God may have me bump into someone who has just the perfect answer to my dilemma.

Nothing appears to happen

Sometimes I follow God’s lead and nothing appears to happen. I’ve now learned, that’s okay too because God works in mysterious ways. I would just go home when feeling that I should. However I keep the faith that something did happened, even though I didn’t see it with my eyes.  God is in control!

The Lord may place a commercial or a magazine article or any number of other methods which may lead me in the direction he wants me to go. My job is to keep my eyes, ears and souls open for signs.

Sometimes our burdens are just meant to draw us closer to Him. Every situation is different. I believe that everything we go through; good or bad, has a reason and will add value to our heavenly bodies, one day.

So to recap:

1 – Accept Jesus into our heart. Allow him to be our Lord and Saviour. We will never regret our decision.

2 – Pray and tell the Lord exactly what our needs are. He already knows but maybe he wants us to pray, so that we can learn to separate our needs from our wants. Are our wants according to his will?

3 – Thank the Lord for working on our prayers and tell him we will wait on him to lead us, regardless of how long it takes. This does not mean to sit at home waiting for a job to drop into our laps. It means to go out and look for a job but also to watch for messages from God.

4 – Be careful what we think. We must not listen to the negative thoughts we may encounter. We must put a stop to them immediately. Cast them out by saying something like “I am a child of God and in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to shut up and leave me now”. Then replace those bad thoughts with good ones, like… “Thank you Lord for watching over me and working on my situation. I will wait in peace.”

Stand strong and wait in faith

In the hard times we are to ask for help and for understanding. Also it helps to pray that we can stand strong in all circumstances. Pray for the Armour of God every day helps us.

5 – Be contented as we wait! Important part! Being content shows us and others that we have faith in the Lord. That is to say, that even when we are going through possibly the worst time in our lives, we can have faith that God will bring us through it.

Many people believe you are never to talk about what you are going through. I was once one of those people. However, I know now that you should never be fake in your demeanor.

If we need to talk to someone about our situation, do it.

However God does not want us to walk around, dragging our feet, telling absolutely everyone all of our problems and looking like the world is collapsing in on us. It may be doing just that, but when others see a Christian downtrodden, they immediately may think “hey, where is their God now?”

Of course, it depends on the degree of the circumstance – losing a job doesn’t even begin to compare to losing a child, but overall I believe it’s better for us not to be sad and glum. Rejoice in the Lord!

Fake enthusiasm is also not to be used. (Again, once guilty of that). By knowing that God is in control we don’t have to “fake” feeling good in all times. If we truly have the peace of God that passes all understanding, we can stand strong in the Lord.

6 – Praise the Lord for what he is about to do. Sing to him. Praise him. Thank him for working in our lives and for helping us to stay focused on Him, instead of on the problem.

Remember that God does not bring the bad times on us. We are living in a world of sin and there will be consequences.

However God does use our trials.

The Lord will use our hard times, to teach us important lessons. Sometimes our situations seem as though there will never be an end to them. The important thing to remember is that God is aware of what we are going through and it will be much easier if we learn to lean on him at all times.

In difficult times we are to ask God our Father, for help and for understanding. And we are to pray that we can stand strong in all circumstances. Wearing the Armour of God Pray for the Armour of God everyday helps us to do just that.

Important to note

Just because we are God’s children and have prayed, does not mean that our Heavenly Father will remove the burdens. It means that he will continue to stand right by us, (he will share our yoke) while we go through them. Having the faith and the support of God, will allow us to not to be weary but to have rest.

7 – If and when the situation has been resolved we must give praise and thanks to the Lord! As he never leaves us alone. He is ever present and knows exactly what is happening. Furthermore, he will give us the strength to get through it all, when we lean on him.

Our Heavenly Father is willing to help us bear our load, if we are willing to give it over to him?

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Matthew 11:26-30

My Prayer for Matthew 11:28-30

Divine Father

You are an awesome God. Every day you look after all of your children. You lead us, guide us, watch us and monitor our situations. We are so blessed Lord, thank you.

I pray Father that this message will touch people’s hearts and that they will understand that we can stand solid even during times of tribulation.

Is it easy to lean on God? At first, absolutely not! Can anyone do it? Absolutely yes! We need to follow your Word and we will learn that with you Lord in our corner, we can stand strong against any situation.

Thank you Father for loving and giving me peace and faith in you, each and every day.

All for the glory of God!

In Jesus’ name. Amen

Psalm 69:1-6 God is there even when we don’t see him.

Romans 15:1-4

Learning Hope Through The Scriptures- Romans 15:1-4

Romans 15:1-4

  • We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
  • Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
  • For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
  • For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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Romans 15:1-4

If we are strong in the faith of God, then it is up to us to show and lead others. Especially those who are weak in their faith or have no faith at all. As Christians, we have a moral obligation to give others hope. That is, to teach them how to see and know God’s amazing grace, his mercy and everything good that he is.

We are not just to please ourselves by living in the grace, peace and joy we received when becoming a child of God. Since we are full of the Lord’s strength and love, we are to help our neighbour’s and others for their own good. This means, to help them grow in their faith in Jesus.

Christ didn’t live to please himself, he became a servant to others. In other words, Jesus taught love! When we see someone without faith, we are to guide them towards Jesus. Some may say “hey this guy became a Christian because of me!” That is not doing God’s work, but doing something for your own glory. We should be helping others for their good, to help them grow in faith and love.

Being a Christian

Helping others is a important job for Christian’s. If someone has a need and we fill it with no expectation of anything in return, then we have shown them a piece of Christ’s love for all people.

When Jesus was living on earth, he took many insults and beatings, even willingly died for our salvation. He didn’t attempt to vindicate himself, but left it up to God. There is a good possibility that a child belonging to God, will be insulted, hurt physically or mentally. A Christian can stand up for themselves, but should be handled in a godly way. We stand up to them in the best way we can, while staying spiritually whole and having the hope of a future in a world of goodness, with Jesus as King.

Everything written in the past was written to teach us that we can have that kind of hope. When people hurt a believer, it also hurts God. Ask him for the hope that comes from patience and encouragement. That is, the hope that we read and learned about from the scriptures.

The Bible Is Alive and Well

God has kept the Bible alive and well read for centuries. Why? Because he intended for all people to learn from his Word, finding comfort through reading of the events and experiences of others.

The Bible also demonstrates how God’s people stood rooted and learned to praise him in all situations. With biblical understanding, we can also grow in his ways. As a result, we can learn to keep a smile on our faces and hope in our hearts, as we walk through all phases of life, with peace.

The author Paul, says that the scriptures were written for people of all eras.

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Romans 15:4 – Hope

My Prayer for Romans 15:1-4

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you, Lord, for leaving the Bible for us. In fact, it is full of information that teaches us lessons. Furthermore we learn through the accounts of people’s lives and their stories. As a result we understand how we are or are not to handle all the different situations of our lives.

By reading the scriptures I can see examples of how some people grew through good choices and some didn’t. However, I can see your hand at work in every situation of every generation written about.

You set attributes that we are to follow. Furthermore, when Jesus walked the earth, he lived the way he wanted us to live. And he taught by example.

Help me Father to continue studying the Bible and learning through the scriptures I read. May the Holy Spirit always guide me. I want to live as an extension of Jesus, that is showing love to all. Allow me to remain close to you in prayer.

Thank you for loving me as you do.

In the holy name of Jesus Christ. I pray. Amen

Jesus is our Saviour Psalm 103:10-14

Habakkuk 3: 17-19

When afraid, Praise God – Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19

  • 17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
  • 18Yet I will rejoice in theLord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  • 19TheLordGod is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
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When Afraid, Praise God - Habakkuk 3:17-19
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19 – The Prophet Habakkuk has a vision

Jacob had 12 sons. Juda, the 4th son, became the leader of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, which eventually became a nation. The bible speaks more of the tribe of Juda than any of the others.

Habakkuk, a prophet of the tribe of Juda, was given a very graphic vision of disaster. One that made him almost collapsed at just the thought of what was to come upon the people. Especially, at the hand of the Babylonians.

Habakkuk saw everything dead or taken. There was no food, no water, nothing that could keep the people alive. Thousands upon thousands would die.

Every vine, every crop taken and the rest burned to the ground. All livestock gone. All possessions ransacked, with the Babylonians taking what they wanted. What they didn’t take, they would completely destroy. Habakkuk saw that there was absolutely nothing left. And then at the end of this pillaging, the Judean’s left, would become the captives of the Babylonians.

Habakkuk is in agony knowing what is coming.

Habakkuk knows that God is allowing the destruction and that it will happen. He understands the people deserve a time of judgement because of the way they have fallen away from God. What worries him most? That God is going to use the Babylonians to show the tribe of Judah just how far they have drifted. Habakkuk worries, knowing it will come at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar’s army, who are known to cause total destruction and take captives.

Although Habakkuk is devastated by his vision, he knows that if God is bringing this type of judgement, then the people deserve it. Furthermore, there is nothing he can do to stop it, even if he calls out for God’s help.

So what does Habakkuk do?

He praises God!

“How can he possibly do that?” Habakkuk has faith that God is a just God. Although he is not happy with what lies ahead, he can find peace that God is a sovereign and just God. Therefore, he begins to praise Him.

Habakkuk has no idea when these events will happen. He goes to the people prophesied the events that will take place. Then praises the Lord in spite of what the future holds.

Habakkuk wants to give the people hope of better things to come. So, he praises God and speaks of trust in Him. He wants to encourage the people to have hope, even when everything looks disastrous. He wants them to have the attitude of “not my will, but your will”.

Habakkuk rejoices

Habakkuk rejoices in the Lord, declaring that God is his strength. He claims that he will not slide, but will have a good foothold and will stand strong. His desire is to lead the people by faith.

The last verse (and he will make me to walk upon mine high places) may mean that God is taking the people to places they didn’t want to go. However, they can have a good foothold and stand in faith and strength. They can believe that God will deliver them from their trials eventually.

The NIV Bible interprets it “He enables me to walk on places I could not go without his help.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19  When afraid praise God. Prophet Habakkuk has a horrific vision. Picture of a deer standing in fallen leaves.
When afraid praise God – Habakkuk 3:17-19

My Prayer for Habakkuk 3:17-19

Almighty God,

I bless your holy name. You are the eternal King.

Although hard, Christians must always have complete faith in you. In spite of the situation, we need to remember that you are always in control. You know exactly what is happening and you know the outcome.

Like Habakkuk, it is my desire to praise you and glorify you in all times and situations. Because you know what is best for me, even when I don’t. You know what is truly buried in my heart and what needs to be worked out.

I know Father, that in your holiness, it is impossible for your children to live in sin and rebel against you. I know, that although it grieves you, you are willing to allow me to go through troubled times.

By allowing the Babylonians to go through a time of disaster, they realized that they needed a shaking up. Many times after we come out the other side of a situation, we can see your reasoning very clearly.

Like Habakkuk, may I always find the strength to praise you, no matter what I’m going through. Help me Father to never slip so far away that I need a lesson like the tribe of Juda.

In the name of your blessed son, Jesus Christ, I pray Amen.

We need to make a sacrifice to become cleansed.

2 Peter 3:1-18

Are You Ready For Eternity? – 2 Peter 3:1-18

2 Peter 3:1-18

  • This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
  • 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
  • 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
  • 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
  • 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
  • 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
  • 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But beloved

8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Nevertheless

  • 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
  • 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
  • 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
  • 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
  • 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
  • 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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Todays lesson in Peter's note to believers regarding the End Times
2 Peter 3:1-18
2 Peter 3:1-18

Peter is writing to a group of good, godly people who believe in Jesus. It is assumed to be the same one’s he wrote to in 1 Peter. He is telling them to stay strong in their faith and be prepared for the end days.

Jesus Will Come Again

In the first part of his letter Peter reminds them what the prophets spoke of regarding the last days. And to think about the things that he and Paul have written to them in the past. Peter is encouraging people to remember the command that Jesus gave the apostles to pass along. That is, the good news of Jesus Christ and salvation.

Scoffers

In the same way, it’s important for people (of all era’s) to understand what will happen in the last days. In spite of which era we are in, there is more than ever, a difference of opinion between believers (righteous) and non-believers (unrighteous).

The scoffer’s will laugh. They will be living a life of evil, doing whatever they want to do. In fact, they will even ask, “Where is Jesus? Decades have come and gone and yet Jesus has not come back”.

Furthermore, they do not believe that God is the creator of the heavens and earth. They don’t know that the word of God is keeping the heavens and earth. The ungodly don’t understand that the heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire on judgement day along with all of those who are against God.

So, watch out for the scoffers (the ungodly) because they don’t believe that God’s word made creation. Nor will they admit that God’s word once flooded the earth and removed all sin of that time. Peter reminds them that scoffers walk in their own lusts. Also they will try to convince others to join in their disbelief of God, his creation and judgements.

One Day Is As A Thousand Years

We need to understand that everything is within God’s timing. The Lord is not slow in bringing in the end days. He will do what he promised. God is being patient. He is waiting because he doesn’t want anyone to perish (eternal death). He has given all people free-will, which allows us the right to choose which path to take. However, it is his desire is for everyone to accept Jesus as Saviour with faith, and have eternal life with him.

The Last Day Will Come

We can be assured that the last day will arrive! It will come like a thief in the night. Meaning, that no one will know it is happening, until it happens. The skies will disappear with a loud noise. Everything in the skies will be destroyed by fire. Then the earth and all things on it will be burned up.

So, knowing what will take place, what kind of people should we be, to receive salvation?

  • Accept Jesus as our Saviour.
  • Live holy lives.
  • Serve God.
  • Wait for the day of the Lord, knowing it will arrive.
  • Be prepared – follow the Lord.
  • Look forward toward the end days.

God Has Made A Promise

God has made a promise that final day will eventually come. He gave his word that a new heaven and new earth will come. And it will be a place where goodness lives.

Peter says that while we are waiting for these events to happen, we should try to be without sin and fault. Be at peace with God. Keeping in mind, that we are only saved because the Lord is patient. He is waiting as long as he can, so no-one is lost. Peter encourages people to have no blemish or spot and be blameless. In other words, accept Jesus and then live a life without sin as best we can. Acknowledge and confess our sins to God, through Jesus Christ.

Beginning in verse 15

Paul wrote, with the wisdom that God gave him, about the same things that Peter is writing about. Meaning that anything Paul wrote, we can rely on. His words are from Jesus himself.

Peter’s letters explain to the people, that because Paul’s writings are in-depth, his letters may be hard to understand. And, because of this, other’s attempted to explain what they meant. Unfortunately, many times they were wrongly translated.

Peter says the ones who interpret wrongly are destroying themselves. Who were the people that may have been deciphering God’s word in Paul’s day? Perhaps: idol worshippers, Sanhedrin, Sadducees, Pharisee’s, and scoffers. Their translations would have been a long way from the truth of Jesus.

Peter tells us that the people who change God’s words or meaning will bring swift destruction upon themselves. Today we are in the same situation. Some people find certain areas of the Bible hard to understand. So we turn to others to break it apart for us, in ways we can understand.

Although it can be helpful to read someone else’s understanding of the scriptures, be very careful. Is the person deciphering the scriptures a godly person or a scoffer? Is their heart in the right place with God? And, please don’t always believe what others say or write. (I include my work in this statement.)

The following is the disclaimer on the opening page of my blog:

Please give this booklet careful thought. While you may disagree with my interpretation, my only intention is to pass along what I have learned while studying. Time is running short and we all need to pass along the knowledge that we have accumulated. ALL FOR HIS GLORY

Verse 16:

16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Unlearned:

  • Possessing inadequate learning or education.
  • Deficient in scholarly attainments (abilities).

Unstable:

  • Some do not stand on the foundation of Christ.
  • They don’t abide by the word of God, but by their own idea’s and desires.
  • Never hearing of the Father, Jesus, or Holy Spirit.
  • Without Christ, no one has the knowledge of truth.

Wrest:

  • Distort the meaning or interpretation of something to suit ones own interest and views.

As they do also the other scriptures

  • Possibly meaning the writings of Moses and the Old Testament.
  • And perhaps the letters that would become part of New Testament

Unto their own destruction:

  • The people who do these things will bring swift destruction upon themselves.
  • Unrighteous people giving their own opinion.
  • By doing so, they either add or distract from God’s Word.
  • Perhaps even give doctrines of Satan.
  • Those who are not lead by God and who change God’s words or meaning.

Today, there are many people (like myself) who share and explain what the scripture are saying to them. Although the unraveled notes can help us understand, we still need to be sure we are receiving the truth. My suggestion is not to take someone else’s interpretations as truth but as a jumping off point. Always, read God’s Word (the Bible) for yourself. Then pray, meditate and talk to the Lord. It is best to learn and find your own truth directly from God himself.

Bible is given for everyone to read

God gave the scriptures to be read by the common people. Much of the Bible is understandable; plain and easy to read. It has stayed on the top of the best selling books list for years and years.

Some things, like salvation are easy to grasp. While other parts of the Bible may be more difficult to understand. Ask Father God for enlightenment and he will give it to you. Dig through the Bible yourself. You will find many nuggets!

Now, having knowledge of these things, be careful that the wicked do not lead you away from God.

Be Careful

  • Watch out for the scoffers.
  • They walk in their own lusts.
  • Will try to convince others to join in their disbelief of God.
  • Also, will refuse to accept that God created everything.
  • And do not believe that they will be judged.

What Believers Should Do

  • Be careful.
  • Read God’s Word carefully and often.
  • Live by God’s Word.
  • Do not let evil people lead you away from God in the wrong direction.
  • Keep your strong faith.
  • Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Give glory to him now and forever.

Peter writes that in the end times, the heavens, the elements and the earth will all die by fire and the ungodly will die along with them.

Some people reading this might wonder why Peter was telling the people of his day to watch for the end times. The reason: because everything is done according to God’s timing. We can never know exactly when Jesus will come again. It could have happened in Peter’s life time, or it could have happened at any point during the past 2020 years. Of course, it may happen at any point of time in the future. What can know for sure? Because God’s word says it will take place, it WILL happen.

The end of times

While we wait, are believers studying and gaining knowledge of God’s word? That is important, so that we won’t be caught in the claws of the evil one or by the scoffers.

Are we standing strong and keep our faith alive? Do we share our knowledge with others on a continual basis? Are we staying holy in our conversations and walking in godliness? Do we pray for people to come to salvation? Do we tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ?

We need to be doing all of the above. Helping others to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

When will the end times begin?

Our Father is the only one who knows when the end of times will begin. He is not slack or lazy (as scoffers might say). When all of the people have heard about Christ, and those who will accept him, have done so, then (according to the word) God will send Jesus to earth again. God is waiting because he loves all people and doesn’t want anyone to perish into the flames.

So knowing it’s all in God’s timing (hands), the believers (of every generation) must be completely prepared. There will not be time to “get ready”! Every generation must be “good to go” at all times.

At some point, the heavens WILL pass away with a loud noise and the elements will melt with the fervent (boiling) heat and yes the earth and everything on it, will burn up, taking all sin and the sinful people along with it.

As sad as that may sound to some, Christians should always joyfully be looking towards Jesus’ return. And be excited for the new heavens and earth that God will set in place. A new earth where the godly will dwell forever, praising King Jesus (God) and giving him glory forever and ever.

Are you "good to go" at any moment? Get ready now.  There will not be time when Jesus arrives.  2 Peter 3:1-18
2 Peter 3:1-18

My Prayer For 2 Peter 3:1-18

Heavenly Father,

Even though many times, I don’t understand what is written, I dig deeper into my studies. It’s during those times that I really get to know you better. That was exactly what Peter wanted the people of his time to do. Have a relationship with you!

Thank you for the Word of God. Thank you that many of your servants (like the Prophets, Peter and Paul) took the time to listen to you and wrote it all on paper. Throughout the centuries every generation has had the opportunity to know, hear, learn or read about you. Thank you Father that you choose to give us the knowledge of the times coming: good and bad.

Staying sure footed in our walk

Studying, gaining knowledge and knowing you is what keeps us steady in our faith and sure footed in our walk. If we are knowledgeable of you and your word, then scoffers will have a harder time twisting your words to the extent that we might believe them, over you.

Thank you Father that I believe, without doubt, that you will come again. It may or may not be in my lifetime but regardless, when the time is right, you will come!

Please Lord, while I wait, help me to stay strong in faith. Keep my eyes fixed on you, anticipating the arrival of the world’s Saviour and King, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

To you Father, all the glory, now and forever.

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Without Faith Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6-7

1 Peter 1:6-9

Faith, More Precious Than Gold -1 Peter 1:6-9

1 Peter 1:6-9

  • [6] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
  • [7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
  • [8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
  • [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
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Hand drawn Jesus holding a Bible.  Todays lesson in perseverance is taken from 1 Peter 1:6-9
Faith, More Precious Than Gold

Peter is talking to the Churches

1 Peter 1:6-9 tells us that the people are rejoicing that they have been born-again. Furthermore, happy that they have received salvation through Jesus Christ. Peter warns them that many difficult challenges may be coming, if needed.

Just because someone is a child of God, that does not prevent tribulation in their lives. The Scriptures tells us that we may go through many difficult situations. They are allowed as a teaching tool to build our faith in Jesus. Peter assures the Churches that the trials will last just for a season. He is speaking of different time periods our years on earth. In the scheme of time, not very long.

We can always rejoice that we know the Lord and have assurance that he is always in control. Does this mean that we will be laughing and dancing joyfully throughout our trials? No! However, we should not constantly be crying and complaining about how awful our lives are.

Praise God

Even during the difficult times, we are to praise and honour God. He knows when we cry and sometimes cries with us.

  • Psalm 56:8 8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? KJV
  • God keeps our tears in a bottle and keeps a ledger about them.
  • John 11:35 “Jesus wept”
  • Jesus wept when Lazarus died. God loves us so it makes sense that he cries with us.

Genuine faith is more precious than gold. At the end of time, gold will mean nothing and have no value. In the same way, our faith in him will always remain valuable and the Lord will never fail us.

Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” KJV

We are to be joyful that we are children of God, through Jesus. As a result we know that one day soon, our season on earth will end. Jesus will return from heaven for true believers. We will give praise, honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. As a result of our genuine faith we will eternally be rejoicing in heaven, and praising Jesus, the King of all kings.

1 Peter 1:6-9

My Prayer for 1 Peter 1:6-9

Divine Lord,

Thank you that you are who the Bible says you are. You are God our Father, the creator of the entire universe and beyond. You are Jesus, the son of God and the Saviour of the world. You are the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us, reminding us right from wrong. You have taught us how to use Gods word to fight the enemy. However, unfortunately many people will not believe in you because they cannot see you.

The Scriptures says those who can believe without seeing are blessed. A lot of people want proof before they will believe but God, you want our hearts and faith first.

People want proof

Some may say “well I asked him to take my pain away and cure me” or “I’m in a terrible situation and God is ignoring me”. Perhaps they say “I asked him to show me a sign of his existence” and nothing happened”. These are wrong pleadings.

Scripture tells us we will go through tribulations. The test is to stand strong, knowing that you Lord are in control of all situations. The joy we can receive in times of trouble, is from you. The rejoicing comes from understanding that you are in control of all situations. And in having faith that one day we will be in a place where tribulation no longer exist.

Although gold is valuable, genuine faith in you Lord is more valuable. We are to stand strong, knowing, with faith, that you God, (as the Trinity) watches over, leads and guides us. In fact, you are always with us through the good and the hard times.

Genuine Faith

When we believe with genuine faith, you Lord fill our hearts and souls with your love and we are transformed. In our love and joy for you Lord, we can’t help but believe with a deeper faith. It’s a never ending circle of love.

Then on that day when Jesus returns to earth, our faith will be rewarded. That is to say that we will be swept away with Jesus (in His full glory) and we will live forever in His presence.

Thank you Father that I can have faith in you right now without seeing you in the person. Knowing that a time is coming soon when everyone (both believers and non-believers) will see you for who you truly are. God, the Great I Am, the Creator of everything good!

I will praise your mighty name now and forever.

In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Are Our Prayers Answered? Mark 11:24-26

James 1:2-4

Trials Are Opportunities To Grow

James 1:2-4

  • 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
  • 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  • 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
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hand drawn Jesus holding in a Bible in left hand.  Text Trying of Your Faith Works Patience taken from James 1:2-4
James 1:2-4

James is addressing some of the men of the twelve tribes. He is telling them that they will be going through trials but in their faith in Jesus, they can count on these troubles or woes as good things.

Look at your past

James is telling the men that although things may look bleak, they can always find some silver lining in their lives. Perhaps they can think back to the hard times they have already gone through. Then, at the end of the current hardship, also look back on it. And, they may see how they grew in patience, trust, faith, belief or love as a result of it.

James is encouraging the men to stand strong. In this case, telling them that although they should be patient, they should not be standing still, just waiting for the trial to end. But moving forward, with faith that everything will work out for the best.

Picture of a long road with houses, trees and telephone wires along the sides of the road.  Text: Move forward with Faith.
James 1:2-4

My Prayer for James 1:2-4

My Lord,

You are in control of all things in my life and I know that includes the times of trials and temptations. You don’t cause them but you sometimes allow them. Furthermore, when they happen, there is always a reason for it.

Knowing that trials are allowed to bring patience into my life, I’m supposed to count it as a joy when hardships appear. Scripture doesn’t say I’m supposed to be joyful. But that I am to remain positive to get through the troubles without grumbling and complaining. And as I do stay positive my faith will grow. And as it grows, I will become more patient in other areas of my life.

Tough to stay positive

It’s a tough job to stay positive and in faith, when everything seems to be closing in around me.

I need to remember Lord, that you said when trials come, not if trials come. This shows me that they will turn up and I need to be prepared to stand in faith throughout them.

If I grumble and complain then I’m not learning and growing. Lord, you didn’t say I’d have to be happy during these times, only that I should count them as happy and grow in these times with patience.

It’s my job to turn to you and thank you for all that is happening in my life at all times. Whether good or bad, knowing that the trying of my faith works patience.

Father, this is a tough one to get through. So I pray that whenever I’m am in a situation that I don’t like, let me feel your love, despite what I am seeing and going through. Help me mature in your knowledge through the experience.

Thank you Father that you allow me to go through trials which help me become a better person. I praise you that you always know what’s best for me and love me enough to help me grow.

In the precious name of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

2 Peter 1:1-8 Overcome anger Ephesians 4:26 Release Your Anger Daily