Friday November 25, 2022

Friday – November 25th – 2 Peter 2:4-9     -----     
2:4) For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.
5) And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood.
6) Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people.
7) But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 
8)Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.
9) So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Hello To Friday! Today is the day after Thanksgiving which of course begs the answer to a few questions. First, did you have a big meal and family gathering yesterday? Second, were you a revolutionary and humble disciple who led the way to agree to disagree when the situation warranted such action? Third, do you have your Christmas decorations up and your tree trimmed? Fourth, were you out well before daylight ready for some Black Friday shop till you drop fun? Our inspirational thought for today is a great day after thanksgiving reminder of discipleship. To be a fully functioning follower of Jesus requires action and activity on our part. We can never live into the calling God has on our life if we are content with only being a consumer-oriented Christian. Following Jesus is living life out on the edge, out where the roses bloom, yet also where the thrones exist. Sadly, many people are tricked by the devil into thinking that the thrones of life are too much to endure for the prize of a mere rose. As we enter the season of Advent let us not forget the extreme measure God went to, to reclaim us from the ways of the world and the influence of the evil one. I am glad He was willing to wrestle with the thorns so we could have the rose of eternal life.

     In our pick verses today, and yes, it is a slew of verses, Peter lifts up three examples of what happens to those who reject the truth of God for the lies of the world. Peter uses these illustrations of God’s judgment against sin to prove that He will punish the false teachers of any generation. Included in Peter’s open call list of sinfulness are the rebellious angels led by Satan, the ancient world in the days of Noah, and the sinful inhabitants of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter then gives two illustrations to show that God will deliver His own when they prove faithful to His calling. Both Noah and Lot stood firmly against the cultural influences of their day by instead choosing God’s righteousness through faith. Every day we will have opportunity to choose the way of God or the lure of the world. How we respond shapes our commitment to Christ and the effectiveness of our witness to others.

   Pastor Jim
Saturday – November 26th – 2 Peter 2:10-11

*The Daily Walk Bible NLT: Explore God's Path to Life (p. 4181). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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