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Knowing This Beforehand

May 7, 2018

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Knowing This Beforehand

We get all kinds of messages  about what is ahead of us.     Road signs tell  of curvy roads,  slippery roads,  and steep inclines;  teachers let students know  about upcoming tests;  TV schedules let us know  what programs are coming up; business appointments  are set up.     Whatever we get to learn  about our future  is helpful  in getting us prepared  for what is ahead.

If a sign warns  of slippery roads,  it’s best not to be driving 90 mph.     If a teacher tells students  a test will be given  over a particular chapter,  it is only wise  to prepare for it.     If a presentation needs  to be made  at a set business meeting,  it would be good  to get prepared  ahead of time.     These are all common sense preparations  for what we know is ahead.

Peter wrote  to the early Christians  about what things would be ahead  in the last days  of this earth.     He mentioned mockers  of the Christian faith  —  doubters,  who would claim  that God might not even exist  —  people reveling  in their sins  —  greed  —  false preachers purposely enticing unstable souls  and distorting scripture  —  sensuality  —  being slaves of corruption,  etc.

Peter said that all these things happening are  to serve as a notice  ahead of time  to us  that Judgment Day is nearing.     These sorts of things were happening  in Peter’s day  and are even more prevalent today,  so we can know  that God is still patiently waiting  for the salvation  of His own  —  and for wickedness  to do its full job  with those who have no respect  for the Lord.

Therefore,  Peter encourages us  in 2 Peter 3:17,

You therefore,  beloved,  knowing this beforehand,  be on your guard  lest, being carried away  by the error  of unprincipled men,  you fall  from your own steadfastness.

All this stuff is going on around us  and things will continue  getting worse  as time goes on.     We are not  to crumble  into the same kinds of dissipation  that the world is in.     We are being tested  with all the errors  of unprincipled people  in this world.     We have already been told  that we are  in a test.     We know ahead of time  that all this debauchery  will lead  to the eternal condemnation  of all those who refuse  to repent.

So,  what should we do  with our knowledge  about the end days?     Should we even be realizing  that we don’t know  when our last day on earth  might be?     Our personal “last day” could be any day soon.     Peter tells us  what we should be doing  in 2 Peter 3:18.     He says,

Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ.

We grow  in the grace of God  by confessing our sins  and accepting His forgiveness.     We also grow  in grace and knowledge  by studying God’s word  and living according to it.

In other words,  Peter is telling us  that if we don’t draw near  to God daily  in prayer and study,  we will likely be  “carried away  by the error  of unprincipled men”.       These “unprincipled men”  are all the false preachers,  false religions,  atheists,  and philosophers  that are hard at work,  trying to tear the Christian faith down  with their man-made ideas.     These sorts of people  don’t have the moral principles  of our Lord Jesus Christ.     They are unscrupulous  in all  of their ways.     In other words,  they are totally willing to sin,  just for the fun  of it.     And,  if they can con a Christian  into sinning,  they laugh all the more.

That is why Peter  lets us know beforehand  that all this evil  will be hounding us  all during our stay  on this earth.     We need to be  on guard for it  and be prepared  with the strength  only God’s grace can give us  in His word.     If we are wise,  we will prepare ourselves  by staying close  to our Lord.     He alone is able  to protect  and keep us.

As we “grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for being our strength  in every temptation  and trial.     Help us  to grow closer  to You  every day,  so that we may always live  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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