February 3, 2010
As many of you know, we have been going through the book of 2 Peter. This past week, we looked at the first seven verses of 2 Peter, chapter 3. Verse 7 closes this section with, “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” The word, ungodly, jumps out at me in this particular verse – what does it mean. We tend to use it in phrases such as ‘ungodly behavior’ (meaning morally thought to be wrong) or ‘ungodly hour’ (meaning an outrageous hour or time). But if we break this word down – what does it really mean?
I think most of us would agree that in it’s most simple and pure form, it means ‘apart from God’ – or unlike God. In John 14:6, Jesus makes it clear that He is the only way to the Father – “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” In 1 John 2:23 we are told that “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” From this we know that unless we believe in Jesus, then we are apart from God and therefore the natural deduction follows that such a person would be considered ‘ungodly‘.
Friends, it is this truth that causes my heart to ache – it aches for the lost, ‘the ungodly‘. According to verse 7 in 2 Peter 3, there is only “judgment and destruction” for such as these. Time is short – people are dying every day and people that are indeed ‘ungodly’.
Do you feel the urgency – the need to “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” as Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19.
Don’t be misled. Many people may claim to be ‘spiritual’ or they may be ‘good’ by the world’s standards – they do good things. However, there are only 2 spirits in this world – the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world (1 Corinthians 2:10-16). Again, unless one has Jesus, he or she cannot have the Holy Spirit. Therefore it follows that a so-called ‘spiritual’ person isn’t necessarily a person who has the HOLY SPIRIT.
Friends, the reality is this – only those who have been redeemed by Jesus will be saved from the awful day of judgment and destruction. We must get busy – going about doing our FATHER’S business. Will you ask God today to speak to you and tell you what HE wants you to be doing? Will you take some time today to ponder what you can do to further the KINGDOM OF GOD – and be a Kingdom Builder?
Time is of the essence – do you believe that? People are dying and many will not see the Kingdom of God. Let’s go about doing our Father’s business and ‘make disciples’. Let’s tell someone about Jesus TODAY!
January 19, 2010
Our new website is getting updated and set up, thanks to the amazing efforts of Chris Hood and his amazing talents. Code Garage is his company and spread the word if you or anyone that you know that needs a website. One of the things I requested from Chris in developing our new site was the possibility of having a blog site attached. I’m hoping this will be a great way for me, as your Pastor, to share some thoughts and insights from God’s Word each week. I hope you will visit the blog regularly and be sure to post your thoughts, responses and questions too. Any ideas you might have for our website are very welcome as well.
We’ll post the Memory Verse of each week at another spot on the website but perhaps discuss it a bit more in this blog.
This week’s memory verse is found in Psalm 119:11, which says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
I thought as we begin this blog and the new website, we also might need a little boost to commit ourselves to giving Scripture Memory our ‘all out’ effort.
The overall truth found in Psalm 119 as a whole is that the Word of God contains everything we need to know. Just as Peter has been telling us in 2 Peter in our Sunday Sermon Series that we have everything we need for life and godliness, the Psalmist reminds us here that the Word of God is essential if we are going to live productive and meaningful lives. God did not leave us here stranded but has given us the tools we need for the abundant life that Jesus refers to in John 10:10 (“…I can that you might have life and might have it abundantly”.)
Specifically, look at the truth behind this particular verse in Psalm 119 – if we truly plant God’s word in our hearts, if we learn His word, study it, memorize it, immerse ourselves in it – we can be strong and fortified and not sin against Him. Wow – think about that. What causes us anxiety and confusion? If we follow and obey God, we will not experience such emotions – we will not sin against Him and we will experience the peace and tranquility that only He can bring.
Join me this week in memorizing this verse and meditating upon it daily – what does it mean to you to hide God’s Word in your heart? What does it mean a what are the benefits of not sinning against God?
I’m praying for you this week as I hope you will pray for me and Ellen – that we will walk boldly and confidently with our Lord and honor and please Him.
Hope to see you soon – and check back often for more ‘blogging’ posts.
Under His Wing,
Pastor, Family of God Christian Fellowship