Searching boldly in the Word of God to answers to life and faith.
Where Are They Taking You?
If they lead you back to sin and death, stop following them. - Everyone is trying to get our attention. Especially in the world of money, politics, and religion, someone is always trying to get you to look at them and follow them. Sometimes, we find someone in that realm that makes us want to follow them because of their personality, what they say, how they say it, what they promise, or some of the ideas they share. Not all of those people are bad, and not all of them are good either. We need to be careful who we follow because when we follow someone, we end up where they are going.
Key Point: If they lead you back to sin and death, stop following them.
Key Scripture: 2 Peter 2:1-3, 18-22
How to Stay Effective
To keep making a difference, we need to keep getting better. - Peter was writing his letter to the church as a final statement. He wanted to make sure they remembered the most essential things and that they were encouraged to continue. He uses this moment to make it clear to the church not to get lazy, not to give up, not to fail, but to hold confidently to Jesus and keep growing.
To keep making a difference, we need to keep getting better.
2 Peter 1:5-9, 16 & 20
An Enemy on the Prowl
We're not out of the woods yet. - It is easy to get distracted by life, good and bad. Sometimes we focus so much on some things that we leave ourselves open to attack somewhere else. Other times we feel so confident it actually makes us arrogant and open to attack. Peter gives the church a hard warning, pointing out that the enemy is still out there, and even though we have the victory in Christ, the enemy is still on the prowl.
We're not out of the woods yet.
1 Peter 5
What's Your Identity Based On?
We are not stable enough to form our own identity - Post-modern philosophy is primarily based on the idea that the human individual is the only certain reality, thus it is the basis for truth and identity. Our culture has been formed by this way of thinking, mistrusting every institution, leader, and study that contradicts one's personal ideas. The big problem with that though is that the individual person is constantly changing and rarely is able to handle pressure. We shift like the sand. How can truth be discovered when it is constantly shifting? There must be something more stable!
We are not stable enough to form our own identity.
Don't Stand on Money
Money may be versatile, but it isn't very stable. - Even if we know that we shouldn't be looking to money as what we build our lives on, we often fall for the temptation to or just live our lives practically like it is our foundation! And yes, money is useful and can help us along our journey to solve problems, make a difference, relieve stress, and have fun, but it simply isn't stable enough for us to base our lives on. It can't save us. We need something better to direct our lives.
Money may be versatile, but it isn't very stable.
Worry Won't Save You
You will never have security if you're the one responsible for it. - When good things or bad things come along in life, we try to manage them and contain them on our own. Rarely, if ever, are we successful in that. Then, in our efforts to control these situations, we create more chaos and stress in our lives. This what happens when we let worry be the basic mode of operation in our lives. We can't ever relax because it is all on us. God doesn't want us to function like that, and we don't have to.
Gen 50:19 & Matthew 6:32-33
You will never have security if you're the one responsible for it.