In God’s Time

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( taken from 2 Peter chapter 3)


Many people wonder if there is any truth that Jesus will come again and judge the world because the pulse of life remains the same. We still have seasons, sun, stars, etc., but what we forget is that God destroyed the ancient world by creating a flood. The world at that time was filled with ungodly people and they perished. So what is God waiting for before He exercises His judgment again? The reason is that “He is not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance..” (2 Peter 3:9). The day of the Lord is described as a thief in the night, as the heavens and earth are destroyed with intense heat and all things as we know it are dissolved. So what are we waiting for? Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker and ask forgiveness for our sins. He is waiting in the wings to make you His own—–a blessed child of God!

By Judy Whittaker

 

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True Faith

(according to 2 Peter chapter 1)  ( by Judy Whittaker)

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God gives each one of us a measure of faith (belief in something we cannot see) when we follow Christ,  but our faith should also begin to produce good works such as integrity, self-restraint, patience, godliness, kindness, and love. Therefore, we must ask ourselves if our life reflects these inner qualities and if not, we must develop them. As we draw nearer to God, He will reveal to us our missing qualities and help us to persevere in obtaining them. We must never forget that we have been purged from our sins and now our life belongs to God. Like a Master Potter, He will mold us and make us into the image of His dear Son. Are you willing to be the clay?

 

God is Here!

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( by Judy Whittaker )

Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Jesus did. In fact the words he uttered on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)  tell us that Jesus felt he was about to enter into spiritual darkness without God. Our Father who is holy, could not look upon Jesus. The sins of the world that Jesus took upon himself, separated him from God.Even though Jesus couldn’t see or feel God, he was with him all the time–the same way He is with you. He will never “fail you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6) when you trust Him with all of your heart. He will be with you “always, even to the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18), and in these promises you will abide…..

Lord Hear Our Prayer!

(taken from 1 Peter chapter 3) (by Judy Whittaker)

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God sees the righteous and listens to their prayers, but He is against those who do evil. Therefore, believers should all be of one mind, have compassion for one another, refrain from evil, pursue peace, and follow that which is good. It is better to suffer for good than for evil, just as Christ suffered for our sins in order to bring us to God.

Sing Praises!

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(taken from 1 Peter chapter 2)  ( by Judy Whittaker)

God is worthy of our praise because He has made us, calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Therefore, we are required to obey Him by submitting to the laws of the land, honoring all men, including those in authority, and loving one another. Even slaves should be subject to their master, no matter how they are treated, to exemplify what Christ did for us on the cross. He (Jesus) who had no sin, took our sins upon himself and died on the cross in our place. He was beaten and nailed to a tree so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live eternally with God in heaven. We owe Him our life!

We were like stray sheep but if we trust in Jesus He will be our Shepherd who leads us in the way that we should go.

Living Hope

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(Taken from 1 Peter:1)

by Judy Whittaker

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, believers had a “living hope” given by God. Because of His mercy for us, He has reserved in Heaven an “incorruptible inheritance” that no man can take away. To obtain this living hope we have to believe that Jesus died for our sins and was raised up by God. Because we are given this living hope, we should always praise God and bring glory to His name in everything we say and do. We are told to be careful of our thoughts, stay sober, give up our former lusts of the flesh, and set ourselves apart to honor God. Our sins block our path to God, but Christ has blotted them out by the blood he shed for us. He was the perfect sacrifice, ordained before the foundation of the world.

Though we may think we are immortal, our life is like the grass and the flowers that will live in the sun for a while and then wither. Eventually, we will die, but the Word of the Lord will endure forever.