Sunday, September 20, 2015

Are you ready? and Tools

2 Pet 3:1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
:2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
:4 and saying,"Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
:5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
:6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
:7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
:8 But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
:11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
:13 Nevertheless, we according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Titus 2:12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 
:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Peter wrote of people who thought that life would continue as it was and that Jesus would not return.

Jesus said that He would return, but people continued to live in disobedience as though He never would. He only delays because of His patience with us.

Are you ready to meet Him?

2 Tim 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Here it talks about being a worker that doesn't have to be ashamed. A good worker has tools they use to do a job right.

Let's look at some.

1. Safety goggles
When working on projects we must protect our eyes. As Christians we need to protect our eyes also. We must have safety measures in place as to what our eyes see. Tv, movies, reading material, and also places we go.

2. Level
A level helps make sure things line up right. God's word should be our level. Our lives should line up straight with it.

3. Nuts and bolts
They are amazing things. They put things together and hold them sturdy. They allow for tremendous pressure. What about us? Do we lean on Christ? It's the only way we can withstand the pressures of the world.

4. Adjustable wrenches
They have heads that adjust to fit various sizes of nuts and bolts. Are we flexible to the situations that arise? Do we react to unexpected situations in a Christian way?

5. Chisel
A chisel has a sharp edge that chips away at hard things. Do we work constantly at chipping away the ungodly things in our lives?

6. Pliers 
Pliers hold on to things by pinching. There are some things in our lives that need attention. Sometimes we need to grab hold of things while we work on them.

7. Tape measure
In projects there are times we must measure things. In our lives we need to measure from time to time and see if we are doing more for Christ now then we were a few years ago.

Studying God's word helps us build our skills as Christians. The Bible is full of tools we can use to grow as Christians. 

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