HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

November 17/2Peter 2

Verses 1-3 > Peter ended Chapter 1 talking about holy men who were moved by a Holy God to write the scriptures that we have before us. These scriptures, our Bible, we can trust. We must become familiar with it so that we won’t be moved by unholy men who are moved by an unholy spirit. Peter writes this chapter to tell us to beware of  these false teachers. We have false teachers throughout the church as a whole who teach that the Old Testament stories like Daniel and the lions den and Jonah and the whale are myths. Many are teaching that everyone will be saved and that there is no hell for human beings. Of course we are readily aware of those touting homosexuality and transgender as God-approved. We must know an believe the scriptures and hold on to them for life!

Matthew 24:24 (NLT) — 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.

Verses 4-10 > Nobody deceives God. Throughout history it has been proven that God knows how to protect his own children. So stay true to the Lord and maintain fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Some view verse 9 as a strong argument for the Church not going through the tribulation period.

In verse 7 it is stated that Lot was a righteous man. Lot was Abraham’s nephew and when Abraham told Lot to pick out where he wanted to live it said that Lot saw the land by Sodom was great for raising crops and cattle and so he chose to live there > see Genesis 13.  Apparently it wasn’t a good place for raising a family. When the angel came to get Lot and his family out of Sodom only Lot and his two daughters were rescued! The two daughters later got Lot drunk and seduced him to have sex with them. Moab and Ammon were born > see Genesis 19. And they have been a huge thorn in Israel’s side ever since. Lesson > Seek the Lord on where he wants you to live. Don’t be swayed by the climate, the jobs, the schools etc.

But the Bible calls Lot a righteous man. I wouldn’t have called him that. So this reminds me that I can’t judge another person’s heart. The heart is so deceitful I don’t have a good handle on mine most of the time.

Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) — 9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

Psalm 139:23 (NLT) — 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Verses 10-11 > don’t get into mocking or belittling satan and his demons. Just resist them with the word of God and let the Lord deal with them.

Jude 9 (NLT) — 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.)

Verses 12-22 > don’t let anything or anybody turn you away from the Lord and his ways; not matter how convincing they sound or how good it looks and feels. When that happens it is so hard to turn back. Nothing can separate you from the Lord > see Romans 8. You can lose your salvation but you can choose to leave. Verse 20 describes it well > tangled up and enslaved. Ever been their? Know anybody who is there now? To not get tangled up and enslaved by sin I believe we need to behave like the early church in Acts.

Acts 2:42–47 (NLT) — 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Acts 4:32–36 (NLT) — 32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.

Staying in fellowship with other believers and the Holy Spirit is so important. It is always the stragglers that get picked off.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Lot was considered righteous but his wife and daughters were not but we’re temporarily spared for Lot’s sake. Unfortunately Lot’s daughters returned to the ways of sin and produced nations of sinners.