Because you have a relationship with God, because you know how much He is worth, you do the things that are right, the things that God wants you to be doing. Warren Wiersbe writes,"We must never get the idea that godliness is an impractical thing, because it is intensely practical.
The godly person makes the kinds of decisions that are right and noble. He does not take an easy path simply to avoid either pain or trial. He does what is right because it is right and because it is the will of God.
An awareness of God that affects my actions. I have seen you race and it looks to me as if you race off at the start really fast and use up all your energy and then you have nothing left. What do you think of that? In fact, he talked back to the donkey! If God can use a donkey, surely He can use you! Peter is aware that he is going to die soon. This man has walked with Jesus for over thirty years now. When drinking a diet soda while eating a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled by the diet soda.
When you eat with someone else, calories don't count as long as you don't eat more than they do. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner. Movie-related foods do not have calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.
Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking the cookie causes calorie leakage. Late-night snacks have no calories. The refrigerator light is not strong enough for the calories to see their way into the calorie counter. If you are in the process of preparing something, food licked off knives and spoons have no calories. Food of the same color have the same number of calories. Examples are spinach and pistachio ice cream, mushrooms and white chocolate.
Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other. If I want to lose real weight, I need to go on a real diet. In the same way, if I want to grow as a Christian, I need to be serious about having the right things in my spiritual diet.
His color was very pale and lifeless and he had a terrible lack of energy for even the simplest of tasks. After much prodding and conjoling, she persuaded him to go to the doctor to find out what his problem might be.
After evaluating the test results, he called the woman into his office to give his prognosis. Your husband is suffering from a rare form of anemia. With the proper course of treatment, I am happy to report that you can expect full recovery. Make sure that he has a home-cooked lunch each afternoon of fresh-baked bread and homemade soup. For dinner prepare a meal of fresh salad, old-fashioned meat and potatoes, fresh vegetables and perhaps homemade pie or cake for dessert.
Because his immune system is so compromised, you will need to keep the house scrupulously clean. It will also be important to keep his stress level very low, so avoid any kind of confrontation or argument. What did the doctor say?
It is kind of like riding a bicycle uphill. There are few excerpts from his sermons to give you a sense of the qualityand practicality of Pastor Cole's exposition. Peter shows that holding to false doctrine always results in final judgment. But also, we will be growing to know God as He has revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, through the apostolic witness to Christ, contained in the New Testament.
He will devote all of chapter 2 to warn about the danger of false teachers. Have you received genuine faith in Jesus, the same kind of faith that the apostles had? Do you know Him as your God and Savior? Are you submitting to Him as your Lord and Master? Do you experience His grace and peace on an increasing level? Are you growing to know God through knowing Jesus as Lord?
This is the foundation for our faith: In return, the railroad gave Crowfoot a lifetime pass to ride on the railway. He put it in a leather case and wore it around his neck for the rest of his life.
But there is no evidence that he ever used it to travel anywhere on the Canadian Pacific trains. But in our text, Peter wants us to know that…God has granted to us everything we need for life and godliness through knowing Christ and trusting in His all-sufficient promises.
That statement sounds pretty good. But, sad to say, it is. There is always an inherent difference between the eternal Creator and His finite creation. Rather, Peter means that we share in the very life of God, so that His moral excellence progressively becomes ours. Finally, when we see Jesus, we will be like Him, apart from all sin. In the meanwhile, we are to be growing in holiness 1 John 3: In verse 4 Peter states what God has done for us, imparting His very life to us so that we may become holy.
In verses , he spells out our responsibility to grow in godliness We now belong to Him. We share in His nature, which includes moral excellence. Due to sin, the world is morally like rotting garbage. People in the world live for their lusts, whether it be sex or greed or self-centered pride. Most Christians want to grow in the Lord, especially when they are new in the faith. But often, as time goes on, the enthusiasm to grow begins to fade.
We settle into a humdrum routine and grow spiritually complacent. In our text, Peter gives us some wise counsel about growing in godliness. If Peter the impetuous fisherman could become a disciplined, godly man, then anyone else can do the same.
Peter says 2 Peter 1: Now, you bring in diligence so that you may grow. He was an amazing man whom God used mightily. John Spurgeon was the father of the famous Charles.
He was a faithful pastor in England for many years. He actually outlived his famous son. If it had not been for the famous Charles Spurgeon, no one would have ever heard of John Spurgeon. Yet, he and thousands of others like him were godly, fruitful servants of the Lord. Let your heart be warmed often by the gospel and by other essential truths, such as those that Peter rehearses for us here By way of applying his words, I would encourage you to do several things: The godly George Muller is said to have read it through over times!
We have so many wonderful resources available online! I know—none of these suggestions are original or new. In other words, what is the foundation of our faith? Does it rest on personal experience: While I hope that Jesus has changed your life, I also hope that you see that your faith needs a more substantial foundation than that.
In it, he assigns probabilities to a number of biblical prophecies and then calculates the odds that these things could have happened by sheer chance.
In one chapter, he takes just eight prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and uses very conservative estimates to determine how probable it is that anyone who might have lived from the time of those prophecies down to the present could have fulfilled them all. His answer is, 1 in How big is that number?
To illustrate, Professor Stoner says pp. They will cover the entire state two feet deep. Now mark one of those silver dollars, stir it into the whole mix, blindfold a man and tell him he can go as far as he wants, but he has to pick just one. His chances of picking the marked silver dollar are the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing just these eight prophecies apart from divine inspiration and having them all come true in one man.
He goes on to show that if you take 16 prophecies, the odds increase to 1 in , an unimaginably huge number. It would involve a ball of silver dollars extending 30 times as far as from the earth to the sun! He would never judge anyone, except maybe the worst of the worst of sinners.
I believe in Jesus, who never condemned anyone. Jesus spoke more often and more graphically about hell than anyone else in the Bible. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals a God who will bring judgment on sinners, but who shows mercy to those who repent of their sins and trust in Him.
The apostle Peter wrote his second letter to help churches stand against some false teachers who were infiltrating their ranks.