1 John 2:6 – Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Those who claim to know Jesus as Savior, but who continue to live a rebellious life are likely not saved at all.
My Advice – Continue to follow in His steps, giving evidence that your life is in Him.
1 John 1:5 – This is the message that we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Unlike the “force” there is no dark side to God.
My Advice – Defend the faith. Do not let anyone portray God as unjust without standing up for Him.
2 Peter 3:3&10 – First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The promise will be fulfilled. The scoffers may cause many to stop looking and to be less vigilant in their expectation. It is when the guard is down and he is unexpected that the “thief” comes.
My Advice – Do not be dismayed when people say such things. It is not an indication that Jesus is not returning, rather it is a sign that the day is rapidly approaching.
2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue Godly men from trials. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God does not always prevent trials from happening. He sometimes rescues us from them. We think we have had more than our share, but we have no idea how many more He may have prevented in the first place. We only see the ones we have to endure for a while.
My Advice – If the trial you are going through seems never-ending, take heart and be patient. Not only does God know how to rescue you, He knows when the time is right to rescue you.
2 Peter 1:20 – Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are being bombarded by new “revelations” and new interpretations at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. But the Scriptures we have had stood the test of time because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Let’s stick with them.
My Advice – You will encounter many private interpretations of Scripture. Many will have generated a large following. But always remember, God’s Word does not change, and a large following of another word does not make that word true.
2 Peter 1:5 – Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, Godliness; and to Godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you have these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being unproductive. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – When we move from one quality on the list to another, we are not done with the previous quality. We must work to improve each one.
My Advice – Never think that you have arrived in your Christian life. There are always new Christ-like qualities to pursue and already “attained” Christ-like qualities to improve.
2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and Godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We go through life thinking “if only we had this or that” we would have everything we need. Often, we get it and find that we “need” more, not realizing that as children of God we had all that we needed all along. (NIV 1978)
My Advice – Long before you went to college, you had everything that you needed for life. Just because you now have knowledge through a formal education, do not think that your need for increased knowledge of Him has been superseded or diminished.