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Daily Devotion in II Peter 3

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Daily Nugget: We are getting closer to the “last days” before the coming of the Lord. What was prophesied in II Peter 3:2 is happening today. It was told over 1900 years ago that in the "last days," there would be many that would mock (scoff) at the Lord, saying, “Where is His coming?” (paraphrase from II Peter 3:4). Those poking fun at the earlier biblical promises that Jesus would come again are on the increase. Some of the scoffers are even those that claim to be Christian! Peter explains here why the Lord has not returned yet. Although we may be eager for Jesus’ quick return, the Father is not. Time means little to Him. To the Creator, one day is the same as 1,000 years, and 1,000 years are the same as a day to Him (II Peter 3:8). His priority is not time. God’s priority is souls. He wants as few to go to Hell as possible (II Peter 3:9). The longer we have on Earth, the more opportunities there are for the lost to get saved. If He came over 2,000 years ago, when the ap

Daily Devotion in II Peter 2

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Daily Nugget: One of the most deceptive, dangerous forces hampering the growth of Christianity has always been the sinfulness of some “spiritual” leaders. Jesus battled those that claimed to be of God, but were not. It was even the “religious” leaders that orchestrated His death. Paul warned of wicked leaders, and also had to battle their attacks against him and his stand for the Word of God. Here Peter is also warning his readers of those that claim to be for God, but are not! One of the most deceptive, dangerous forces hampering the growth of Christianity has always been the sinfulness of some “spiritual” leaders. Jesus battled those that claimed to be of God but were not. It was even the “religious” leaders who orchestrated His death. Paul warned of wicked leaders and had to battle their attacks against him and his stand for the Word of God. Here Peter is also warning his readers of those that claim to be of God but are not! Peter red-flagged false prophets (II Peter 2:1-3). They

Devotion in II Peter 1

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Daily Nugget: Faith is more than just believing Jesus died on the cross for one’s sins. The “devils” believe that, but they are not saved. Genuine faith is a trust in God that develops and changes us.  Acting on one’s faith begins the change. The first step of faith may not be easy. It requires “diligence” (II Peter 1:5) to resist the untrusting, unbelieving flesh and to move on to what we believe. That first diligent step is trusting Christ as Saviour and not trusting what we accepted in the past. If we obey the Holy Spirit’s leading, our faith will grow past the point of just believing. The progression, as cited in II Peter 1, can be: “virtue” (II Peter 1:5). Virtue is godly, dedicated day-by-day living. It is the Christian character that grows when one first steps out by faith. “knowledge” (II Peter 1:5). After Christian character develops, one looks back on how God has moved and changed him and learns something about God and His ways. His knowledge increases. “temperance” (II Pe

Daily Devotion in I Peter 5

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Daily Nugget: One of the most important principles for a Christian to understand is a spiritual battle is raging. Most of the assault is invisible, but the war against God and His followers is ongoing.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 Peter closed this letter with a similar warning. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8 Many Christians trust Christ as Saviour, but that is as far as their relationship with Him goes. They never see a battle all about them and never even realize that they are casualties in the war. A Christian cannot lose his salvation in the battle. It is already bought and paid for. His name was already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. However, a Christian can have his testimony destroyed in the foray. Tha

Daily Devotion in I Peter 4

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Daily Nugget: When a person gets saved, there will be changes in him. He will act, live, and think differently than he did before. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 After the Holy Spirit becomes the main voice and control of a born-again individual, there is usually one area that His convicting Spirit speaks to us about. He speaks to our hearts about the desires our flesh has (I Peter 4:2). Fulfilling the lusts for the things in this world never actually filled us in the past and did nothing to help us. After salvation, the Holy Spirit attempts to direct us to get rid of the sinful, damaging baggage we do not need. In the past, indulgences of animal desires (“lasciviousness”), lusts, drunkenness, partying (“revellings”), and putting other things above the Lord (“idolatries”) ruled our lives (I Peter 4:3). Now, on the other side of salvation, they are to be halted. Another importa

Daily Devotion in I Peter 3

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Daily Nugget: The latter part of the previous chapter dealt with loving and respecting all men (I Peter 2:17). That principle is   continued in this chapter on a more personal level. How husbands and wives should treat each other (I Peter 3:1-7) is taught. Most women cringe at Peter’s admonition to them. Peter’s counsel was, “… ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands …” (I Peter 3:1). Perhaps because of pride, thoughts of men taking advantage, his not making the right choices, fear of not having any say in a marriage, or a host of other reasons, most women dislike this commandment in the Bible. However, it is still commanded in the Word of God that the wife should be subject to her husband. In any relationship, there will be a leader. Observe two or more of any sex, and it will not be long until one assumes a leadership role. One may be more outspoken than another, have more suggestions than others, or may make more choices than the others. There will always be a leader in an

Daily Devotions in I Peter 2

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Daily Nugget: From time to time, many Christians lose sight of who they are in God’s eyes. Peter gives us at least seven  reminders of who the child of God is. He is chosen (I Peter 2:9). As sinful as we are, and even though we have let God down so many times, He has chosen us! He makes up the royal priesthood. In Old Testament times, there were priests picked because of the family they had come from – the tribe of Levi. Although there are to be no priests in this New Testament age that function as did the Old Testament priest, each believer is a “priest.” They can go to the Lord in prayer for themselves and others. They can give their lives for the needs of others. We are born into the royal family of God and can boldly go to the throne room of God. He makes up a “holy nation.” With their sins all forgiven, in God’s sight, we are a holy people. We are not better than anyone else. We are not perfect. However, by the grace of God, we are holy. He is a peculiar person (I Peter 2:9).

Daily Devotion in I Peter 1

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  Daily Nugget: "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” I Peter 24-25 Kings and presidents come and go. Celebrities also rise and fall. People are here on this earth for a relatively short time, and then they are gone. One thing that will never vanish, and one book that will never be just a “fad,” is the Word of God. One could knock on most doors in your area and not find many households with books written over 100 years ago. Those houses would also hold even fewer copies of books that were over 500 years old. However, most of those houses would have at least portions of a book that is over 3,500 years old. Most homes have a Bible. This validates the prophecy that God’s Word will always be with us. Men, sometimes with Satan behind their actions, have tried different methods to m