‘Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless."
2 Peter 3:14
Most of us are well aware we are living in turbulent times that the Bible warns us about. There is plenty of prophecy in the Scripture to prepare us for this time. I encourage all to get into the Word of God for themselves to understand the times. So what is it the saints are looking for?
2 Peter 3:11-13 tells us:
"Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells."
So what are you looking for at this moment in your life? If we know the truth of God’s Word we are able to be found in peace, spotless and blameless, because of the eternal hope of a new earth in which righteousness will dwell. We should be focused on the future we are promised in God’s Word in Revelation. Sadly enough, I find most professing believers to be as stressed and fearful as the ones who are unbelievers. I believe the root of this travesty is Bible illiteracy in the body of Christ. If you don’t know the truth of God’s Word how can you be set free from the unseen chains that bind you? We all as individuals have the responsibility of reading the Word of God for ourselves. If you think it is your pastor’s responsibility to get you into heaven you are wrong. Being a true disciple of Christ requires a disciplined life of obedience to the commandments He left us in His Word, that we might attain life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)
We are not to blend in with the world, but to live a life of great contrast in order to be light in the darkness.
Our motive for this obedient life is to be simply for the love of God. We must come to the place that we love God more than ourselves. 2 Peter 2:19 tells us whatever sin we get overcome by, this we become enslaved to. Are you a true bond servant of Christ, or do you have addictions such as habitual lying, gluttony, pornography, sexual immorality, or laziness that keeps you from a disciplined life that you simply love more than you love God? We must ask ourselves what truly is the first love of our lives. Pray and ask God to reveal to you what is your first love. For me, I just ask myself what do I allow to get most of my time? That will define our true god. If we can’t honestly say our Lord and His Word fills our thought life above all else, we have another god. The truth is that it is spiritual adultery. We are the bride of Christ. He, Himself, must come to have first place in all things.(Collossians 1:18) The Bride purifies her soul by obedience to the truth which enables her to be spotless and blameless.
If we heed His Word, and do not allow ourselves to be seduced by the lies of the prince of this world, then when He calls His Bride up to be with Him, we have the hope to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, no matter what our circumstances are. Let us be found in holy conduct and godliness looking forward to and hastening the day of our Lord’s return.
1 John 3:2-3 states:
"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."
I would like to close with Peter’s admonition to us in 2 Peter 17-18:
"You, therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
In His love.
We continue to bask in autumn ‘s beauty!
(Photos taken biking New River Trail this week.)