2 Peter 3:11 How To Really Live Life

 

Destroyed world

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

All over the world there is violence and destruction occurring. Much of that destruction is at the hands of people towards other people. The violence level is always increasing, making this world a dangerous place to live. Violence is a common sight for many people.

Along with the violence, there is the destruction of this world occurring. People are always talking about extinction of animals and plants, earthquakes, fires, and other destructive forces in this world. Blame is placed up people that the earth is falling apart.

There is great fear that the world will freeze, or overheat because of pollution. Good water is scarce in parts of the world and blame is put on people.

These things are happening because people are told that they can live however they want to live. There are no set standards on how to live life. A person can choose how he wants to live by his own personal beliefs and standards. This causes chaos and destruction in the end.

While the world has a reason to have some fear, because God has said that this world will be destroyed in the end, believers do not need to fear. They are told how to live their lives so that they will have no fear. Believers are to live a holy and godly life.

A holy life is one that is filled with love, mercy and grace. It will not seek to harm anyone or anything in any way. It is focused on loving God and loving people. He will speak truth in love, act in love and bring honor to God. He will not fear the coming destruction of this world, because he knows that his home will be in heaven some day when this world will be destroyed.

As a believer, are you fearing the destruction of this world? Focus your eyes and life on God. Live as Jesus lived and do not fear it. You have a home waiting for you in heaven for all eternity.

Live your life the way God has intended you to live it, holy and godly. Bring honor to God. In this way you will bring some peace on this earth and love will be shown. The reward will be eternal life in the end.

I pray today that you will know the life God has called you to live; that your life will be like that of Jesus; that you will turn from all sin and turn to Jesus; that you will not fear the coming destruction; and that God will guide you in living for Him.

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1 Timothy 4:8 Valuable Training

 

Exercising man

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.

While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.

Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.

Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.

When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.

Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.

While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.

Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.

What are you training for today?

I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God. 

Romans 8:18 Greater Things To Come

Future Hope

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.

Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.

Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.

When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.

Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.

Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.

There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes  the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.

The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.

While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.

Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!

I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering. 

Seeing Through A Fog

Foggy Road

A few days ago I had to drive a several hour drive to Dallas. On the way there the weather was cloudy with some drizzling rain. At a few points on the road, there was some heavy fog. It brought visibility down a lot. I could only see about 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile ahead, and that was seeing other vehicles with their lights on. If they did not have their lights on, it was a lot shorter distance of seeing anything.

Driving in that type of fog is not always the safest thing to do. The traffic did slow down to about 60, on a 75 mph road. Most people were wise enough to have their headlights on, though some did not.

As I drove through the fog, I had to keep my eyes focused ahead for the traffic. The good part was that the highway was a divided highway, thus I did not have to worry at all about any on-coming traffic. I did have to be ready to slow down quickly, when I approached another vehicle that was going much slower than I was. I even had some vehicles that passed by my going much faster than I was willing to drive in that fog.

While driving through that fog, it made me think of the verse, in the KJV:

1 Corinthians 13:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Or in the NIV:

1 Corinthians 13:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

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Seeing through a glass or a reflection in a mirror is not always very clear, just like seeing through the fog. In this verse it is talking about fully knowing God. Right now we look at the Bible and see a picture of God or at creation and see some of the attributes of God, but we cannot see Him clearly.

However, what made me think of this verse with the fog, was looking at the life we live here on this earth. As we travel the roads of life there are times it is nice and clear with the sun shining bright. It appears as though we can see several miles down the road. We can see everyone around us and any dangers that may be up ahead.

This is the type of life everyone wants. A smooth traveling, straight path, with no danger in sight. Even though this type of path may happen in our lives at times and it may happen for a few days, weeks, or maybe even months, it does not stay that way all the time.

Rough Road

There always comes times of rough roads and times where it is difficult to see the path ahead. Sudden sickness, job loss, break downs, disasters, and the list goes on, come into our lives. As we are going through the tough time, we often cannot see the end of the road. We cannot see what is coming up ahead. It is as though we are looking through a dark glass, or traveling through the fog.

When I drove through the fog, I did not know how long or far it would last. I only knew that there was fog and I had to keep going forward. I also knew that the fog would come to an end eventually.

Life works the same way. We don’t always know what is coming up ahead. Sometimes it is full of fog and hidden from view and can be a little scary.

The important thing to remember is that God is in control of your future and path. He is guiding your every step.

Psalm 37:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;

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Just as with driving down the road in the fog, one must keep an eye on the white line on the side and the yellow lines in the middle to guide his path, you must also keep your eyes on God and His path for you.

2 Timothy 1_7

 

God does not want you to be afraid of the road in front of you. He has given you everything you need to keep moving forward on the path He has for you. That path will ultimately take you to heaven to be with Him for all eternity. At that point the path will be lit up brightly for all eternity, there will be no more sorrow, pain or suffering.

We may not see everything very clearly right now, but we can rest assured that God knows what He is doing. He has your best interest in mind as He allows things to happen in your life.

Sunny Road

Keep driving down the road, though it may be foggy today, it will be sunny in the end.

Isaiah 57:1-2 A Reason To Be Removed

The righteous perish, and no one take it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Death is something that most people have been around at least once or more times in their life. The older a person is, the more that he has seen death. As it occurs, often the question is asked, why?

Death is very hard on those who are still living. Those living are hurting from missing the loved one. Many go through struggles as to why the person had to die, especially when the person was very young, and maybe in great health.

It is even more difficult to see a person die young, who was a strong believer in Jesus and very active in being a witness. Looking at that person, others ask why God would remove that person because he was doing great work for God.

Although the reasons that God takes the life of a believer are as numerous as the stars in the sky and no one can fully understand the reason, Isaiah gives one good reason. That reason is to spare that person from evil, to give him rest and peace.

God knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth. He knows exactly what is going to happen to that person. As a human being, you do not know those things. you do not know how rough life will get for a person if he stays alive, but God does. God in His great wisdom and mercy will take the life of a person in order to spare them from a great evil.

Although as a human, you will miss the person, keep in mind where a dying believer will be when he dies. When a believer dies, he gets to go to Jesus and be at peace and rest for the rest of eternity. He steps into a world that is without pain, suffering or any evil.

As hard as it is to let someone go, let God’s wisdom prevail and let that person have the peace and rest God provides. Keeping a person here on this earth may be worse than the pain you are feeling in losing him. Trust God today and seek His peace and strength in your loss.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will comfort any loss in your life; that you will know the joy of others going to heaven; and that God presence will be strong in your life.

Isaiah 51:6 Salvation Lasts Forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6

When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.

As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.

Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.

People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.

The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.

Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things  you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.

God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.

Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.