2 Peter 2

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And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

– 2 Peter 2:2

It is sobering and sad to realize that many are seduced by the destructive ways of false teachers. Therefore it is essential that the follower of God make their call and election sure.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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2 Peter 1

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as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

– 2 Peter 1:3

For many years I have come back to this verse as a helpful reminder. God has given me (in Christ) everything I need to live this life in a godly manner. His exhortations and commands unto holiness are given with the enabling power needed to fulfill the commands. Therefore, I can (by His grace and power) work out my own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), for I can be sure that God is working in me to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 5

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Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

– 1 Peter 5:2

These metaphors have been ussed since before the church existed, and they provide a helpful illustration of what the work of the pastor is to be. The pastor is to willingly and lovingly shepherd (tend, feed and care fore) the church (the flock) of God. If an individual cannot do this, they cannot be a pastor.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 4

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And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

– 1 Peter 4:8

At the top of the list of things to do, have fervent love for one another.

Remember, love is the fulfillment of the law.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 3

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But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

– 1 Peter 3:15

Why do you have hope in Christ? What will happen when you die? Will you go to heaven? If you say yes, then why? Can you give an answer?

If your answer is anything more than “Because Christ died for my sin” you might want to go back and read the Gospel of John again.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 2

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But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

– 1 Peter 2:9-10

One of the topics I come back to the most in the Scriptures has to do with the mercy of God. I think Peter was also captivated by God’s mercy.

We are what we are (chosen, royal priests, holy and special) because we have obtained mercy from God. We have not received what we deserved. Praise God for His constant flow of mercy and grace.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 1

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

– 1 Peter 1:3

As a follower of Jesus we have a hope that is alive because of His resurrection from the dead. That means that our hope is not a aimless wishful thinking, but an absolute certainty.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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James 5

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Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

– James 5:17-18

I think I often mentally acknowledge that prayer is necessary and important, but practically it is easy for me to doubt it’s power. Additionally, I tend to exalt the characters of the Bible to a super-human/superhero stature, by which I find myself doubting that I could ever see God move as they did. For these reasons I am grateful for the reminder James givers.

Elijah was like me and you. But Elijah trusted in God and diligently sought Him for power, provision and protection, and his persistent prayers availed much.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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James 4

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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

– James 4:10

Every contact with God recorded in the Bible always results in a humble response (think Moses before the burning bush. Isaiah caught up to heaven). You can humble yourself or you will be humbled! Either way, the response is always ultimately humility. If you lift your self up, you will be humbled, if you humble yourself, He will lift you up.

Far better to humble yourself.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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James 3

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Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

– James 3:5

For several years my wife has been instilling in our young children some important truths. One of which our older daughter was caught reminding her siblings of this last week, “Our hands are to be used for gentleness and kindness and our words are to be used for encouragement and love.” When I heard one of my kids this morning being harsh with his words I asked him, “What are our words to be used for?” He smiled and responded, “Encouragement and love.”

Words are powerful. This political season has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the young—thought little—boasts great things, and can cause extreme devastation. Good things to be mindful of.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon