2 Peter 2:19 Promised False Freedom

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for”people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19

People in every nation around the world love to be able to do, say and go where they like without major restrictions. Some nations are more free than others.

Those in much more free nations feel that they can do whatever they want without any negative repercussions. Some believe that anything is permissible and should not be restricted in any way. While they appear to be completely free, most are being deeply held in slavery.

Peter, in talking about people following their own desires, says that they promise freedom, but are slaves to depravity or sin, because they have been mastered by the sin.

At the same time that many people appear to be free, they are actually mastered by something. Often they are addicted to something that is not always good, feeling that they must have or do something or else life is not good.

Sin looks and sounds good on the outside. It appears as if the one who sins is really living life. Complications and difficulties are covered up with no regard to the future. The hearts of people run after sin as though there is no problem.

Many in the church have bought into the lies of the world and are chasing after sin, thinking that they are free. In so doing, they are binding themselves up to the slavery of sin and depravity.

Strong, true believers will flee sin and seek God to break off the bondages of sin in their lives. They will see that true life is one that is in bondage to God, who brings life, not to selfish desires that bring about death. They will be mastered only by God, not man, things or sin.

You, like most people, like to have freedom to be able to choose what you think, say or do. The world is going to try and trap you in the lies of false freedom.

Seek God and His word to know what real freedom is. Allow God and His Holy Spirit to be master over your life, guiding you and strengthening you to live a holy and righteous life in Christ Jesus.

Resist the temptation to follow the world and its depravity and sin.

Who or what has mastered you and your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that God will open your eyes to the lies of the world; that you will not be a slave to sin; and that you will be mastered by God alone.

Hebrews 4:1 Will You Fall Short In The End?

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1

When there is difficulties or troubles in the way of a person trying to accomplish something, many people will give up and move on to something else. Most people are unwilling to keep pushing forward to finish the desired task.

As a person quits something, he may never know how close he actually was to finishing correctly. Those who succeed, keep pushing forward, focused on completing the task.

After warning about unbelief, the author now points out that God’s promise for rest is still standing unfulfilled, waiting to be fulfilled. He warns that none be found short of getting into God’s rest—heaven.

The longer a journey is the more challenges or difficulties one will encounter along the way. As the journey continues, the cost of keeping going will continually rise, making it a challenge to stay focused and keep going to finish it.

With today’s GPS systems, people will know exactly how far they still have to go, but with the walk of life, no one knows exactly when one will die and stand before God.

Jesus set the requirement to get into heaven at believing in and following Him. He paid the price for every person to get into heaven, God’s promised rest.

While many people have chosen to believe in Jesus, not as many have chosen to follow Him or chose to stop following Him. Sadly many have chosen to stop following Jesus because of some trouble in their lives. Instead of living for God, they have chosen to live purposefully in sin against God, even while going to church.

Every believer needs to work at continuing to follow and grow in his relationship and walk with God every day and be ready to stand before God.

Jesus has forgiven you of your sins and promised you eternal life in heaven if you believe in and follow Jesus. He has made a way for you, but you must choose to walk in it.

God is not a tyrant, but will allow you to choose whether to follow or not. If you choose to follow, God will provide all you need to complete the journey. Use what God has given you to live for Him and don’t find yourself falling short at the end of the journey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choose to obey and follow Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust Jesus for your salvation; that God will see you as a faithful servant; and that you will not fall short of God’s rest.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 How To Live Life

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

While the world is always talking about wanting peace, it is a peace that allows everyone to do whatever he wants to do. The world does not have a rock solid standard of how to live life, it is up to each individual and each situation.

When everyone is living by his own standards, there can be no real peace.

Paul encourages that all types of prayer be made for everyone, especially kings and those in authority. The purpose of the prayer is so that they may live peacefully in all godliness and holiness.

Most people in the church desire peace across the world and will pray for it on a regular basis. Some will pray for the leaders of their nations and lower level governmental officials.

However, just like the world, they pray for it so that they can live as they want, not necessarily as God wants them to live.

Many churches have peace with the world, because they are living as the world does–in sin. The standards of godliness and holiness are often put to the side, causing the church to look and act like the world does.

Jesus did not come to remove sins so that one could sin more, but so that he could live a godly and holy life as a witness to this dark and dying world. Every believer is to live a life that is separate from the world.

Prayer and thanksgiving must be made for every leader, so that the believer may be able to live a godly and holy life in peace.

Each and every day take time to pray and give thanks for those who are leaders over you from the workplace all the way up to national leaders. Pray that God will work in their lives in such a way that they allow you to live a godly and holy life.

Then, instead of living like the world in sin, live as Jesus did–in godliness and holiness in everything you think, say and do. Turn away from all sin to God. This is what will please God and why Jesus died and rose again for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will pray and give thanks to God for all leaders in authority above you; that you will live a holy and godly life like Jesus; and that you will be give peace to live for God.

Galatians 5:24 Kill The Flesh

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24

Pleasing self is one of the greatest desires of most people around the world. Everyone wants to be happy, no matter what that means or the process of getting that happiness.

The world does not see anything being wrong or bad, as long as it does not physically and immediately hurt someone else. There is no real moral absolutes according to the world, it is only what pleases self in the moment, because there is also no eternal future.

After talking about being free in Christ Jesus, Paul tells the Galatians that anyone who really does belong to Jesus will have crucified his flesh with its passions and desires.

All sin really is, is doing anything against God or not according to His desires. At the moment a person chooses to do something for himself that God has not called him to do, it is a selfish and fleshly desire, which in turn is sin, sin against God.

These actions can sometimes appear to be good, such as giving to the needy. The giving is not what is bad, but it is the giving in order to look good to someone else or to God that is sin. It becomes about self, not God.

Paul said to crucify the flesh. A crucifixion is a bloody, ugly messy job. There is no mercy upon the one being crucified.

The true believer will strive to kill his fleshly desires, no matter what the cost is or how painful it may be. His heart’s desire will be to please God and to be more like Jesus each day. It is not about self, but about God and others.

As the believer kills his flesh, God will give him life. This will be an abundant life that will spring up from inside and last for eternity.

God has given you life from the moment you chose to follow Jesus. Now be willing to kill the flesh, its desires and passions that work in you to kill you. Live the life God has provided for you, that Jesus has given an example for you.

Do not allow yourself to go back into sin, bringing death back into your life. Let the fruit of the Spirit be abundant in your life welling up into eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you strength to crucify your fleshly desires; that you will turn to God’s ways of living life; that you will know the life God has given you; and that you will bear the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

1 Corinthians 11:31 Examine Yourself More Closely

But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31

People love to pay very close attention to what other people have or are doing. Many are able to describe a celebrity or even a neighbor or friend in great detail, with all of their likes, dislikes, good qualities and bad qualities.

As they are able to do this, very few will take that close of a look at their own lives. Taking time to closely examine their own lives, blinds them to their own faults and where they need to grow or change.

Paul talks about eating and drinking the communion. He tells the people that they should examine themselves very closely prior to eating it, so that they do not come under God’s judgment.

It is easy for someone to see faults in other people, because their eyes are looking outward, not inward. This is a common practice of many inside the church. God does not want His people to watch others, because each person is their own person before God.

Every believer must be willing to stand before God on his own. In order to do this, each believer must be willing to examine his own life as to whether it is in line with God’s commands or not.

Many people will claim belief in Jesus, take the communion, all while at the same time living in sin on purpose. Living in this way brings down the judgment of God upon their lives. This can be found in sickness or death, because God is trying to get ahold of their attention.

While a believer is claiming to believe in Jesus, he must be willing to examine himself closely to see if he truly does believe in and follow Jesus, and make changes as needed.

If you consider yourself a believer, take a moment to examine your life closely. Take into consideration your thoughts, words, and actions. Do all of these line up with God’s word and commands?

Most likely you have some areas to work on. Instead of ignoring these areas and living with them, ask God to help you to change. Repent and change to be more like Jesus.

As you focus on becoming more like Jesus, you allow God to remove the judgments against you. Have you examined your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will examine your life to see if you are living for God; that you will allow God to reveal faults in your life; that you will repent and follow God more; and that God will not find reason to judge you.