Posts Tagged ‘God


God Does Not Spare The Wicked

Good Thursday morning to you! In 2 Peter 2:4-8, Peter lists several examples of the wicked whom the Lord did not spare because of their wickedness. He cites the following examples:
– Fallen angels who sinned against Him when the devil rebelled
– The ancient world in Noah’s day when the flood came
– The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
– The lawless around Abraham’s nephew, Lot
Peter talks about how God rescued Noah and Lot, but He did not spare the wicked. Peter then wrote:

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. ​ – 2 Peter 2:9-10a (NIV)​

​God rescued Noah and Lot and brought judgment on the wicked.​ Peter says that God will rescue those who follow Jesus and punish those who reject Him. No one likes to think about judgment, but the Bible is clear that the day of judgment is coming. God is the Judge of everyone. It is NOT our job to condemn anyone. It IS our job to love everyone so that they will come to know the Savior, Jesus Christ. Let God be God and let us be His ambassadors of love.

Standing In Grace

Peter wraps up his first letter with some final encouragement to his audience. He identifies Silas as a faithful brother who helped Peter write this letter. He explains why he wrote the letter and gives one final encouragement. He wrote:

With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. – 1 Peter 5:12 (NIV)

He wrote to testify to the true grace of God and that they should stand fast in this grace. When you feel weak in your faith, stand fast in grace. If you don’t feel like forgiving someone, stand fast in grace. When you struggle with sin, stand fast in grace. When temptation comes calling, stand fast in grace. When the enemy accuses you, stand fast in grace. God’s grace is really all you need. It is sufficient for you, so stand firm and stand fast in it today.

The God Of All Grace

Our God is a God of grace. He not only forgives our many sins by His grace, but His grace is so much more. He strengthens us by His grace. He changes us by His grace. He gives us faith by His grace. His grace, as the apostle Paul said, is sufficient for us. Peter wrote this as he began to conclude his first letter:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NIV)

Our Father is worthy of all of the glory, power and praise. He is the Mighty God. He lifts up the weak and sets the captive free. He does forgive us. He restores us when we are broken. He sent His Son Jesus to be our Forgiver and Leader. He has done so much for us and continues to do so. He fulfills all of His many promises. God is so good and we should praise Him for His goodness, mercy and grace. Don’t let another moment go by without thanking God for His grace today.

Using Our Gifts For Others

One of the themes of God’s Word is that of using what we have to bless others. God gives gifts to His people through His Holy Spirit. Whether they are spiritual gifts, talents, abilities or financial resources, we should use them as tools to serve others. Peter wrote:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

The gifts we receive are expressions of God’s grace to us. God, in His wonderful grace, gives us gifts instead of what we deserve, which is nothing. We are all sinners who deserve nothing because of our sinfulness. But God, in His love and grace, gives us wonderful gifts. He provides for our every need. What should we do with these gifts? Use them to serve and bless others. The point of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. What did Jesus do? He loved, served and forgave others. We should do the same.

Those Who Do Evil

Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-16 in chapter 3 of his first letter. He quotes David as he writes:

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)

Peter has been writing about responding to evil and insults with a blessing. Again, this is a difficult proposition, but we’ve got to remember that there is more than this life for which we are living. Yes, the temptation for revenge is great when we are wronged. But instead of taking matters into our own hands and repaying evil with evil, let’s let God fight our battles and let Him judge those who do evil. Our job is to keep our eyes on Jesus.

What’s Next: Looking Forward

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Philippians 3:12-21 and is about the future of our church family in 2018.


Into Whose Hands?

Good Wednesday morning to you! When someone wrongs us, our human nature takes over and we want to get revenge on that person. We want to even the score or get back at them. That’s not what Jesus did, even to those who were crucifying Him. Peter wrote:

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. – 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

Rather than taking matters into His own hands, which He would have every right to do, He trusted God. He put His situation and His trust in His Heavenly Father. We need to do the same thing. When someone wrongs you, into whose hands will you place the situation? Will you take matters into your own hands or will you trust the Judge of everyone? Do you have enough faith in God to know that nothing escapes His knowledge or sight. The next time someone wrongs you, don’t seek revenge. Let go of the anger and trust God to handle the situation. How you respond will say more about you than how you were wronged says about them.

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