2 Peter 3:14 - Diligent Devotion.
2 Peter 3:14 - Diligent Devotion.
2 Peter 3:14 (NKJ) Be diligent to be found by Him in peace,
without spot and blameless.
2 Peter 3:14 (NIV) Make every effort to be found spotless,
blameless and at peace with him (God).
Webster's defines diligent as "characterized by steady,
earnest, and energetic effort; painstaking" and "earnest application to
some specific objector pursuit."
What God is telling us through Peter, then, is that we
believers must never treat our spiritual life casually. We are to pursue
the Christian life with great effort, for we know the day of the
Lord is fast approaching.
We believers must also endeavor to maintain unity (Ephesians
4:3); to persevere to present ourselves approved unto God (2 Thnothy
2:15); to seek carefully to enter God's rest (Hebrews 4:11); and to
work to be found blameless (2 Peter 3:14). Similarly, the apostle
Paul urged believers to "work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling" (Philippians 2:12).
What specific steps are you taking to "work out your
salvation," to live a life that pleases your Lord? You'll be more successful
if you have a specific plan - a program for reading the Bible, a
person to pray with, a small group for Bible study and discussion, a
church home in which to worship. As you invest time and effort in your
relationship with God, you are investing in eternity. Be diligent in every
area of your walk with Christ. [Being Still With God Every Day by
Consider the parable of the ten virgins. All had lamps, that
is, an outward semblance of religion; but only five of them had the
inward piety. Five of them were wanting in the oil of grace. The Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, was not abiding in their
hearts. Without the oil of grace, of what use was it to bear about a
lamp of profession? However high may be the profession, however high
may be the position held by a professor of religion, if the oil of
grace is wanting, he has nothing with which to feed his lamp, and it
cannot send forth clear, shining rays of light. . . .
The reason why the Bridegroom delays is because He is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance. O the precious longsuffering of our merciful
Saviour! O that each of the dear youth would appreciate the value of the
soul that has been purchased at infinite cost on Calvary! O that each
one would place a proper estimate upon the capabilities that have
been given him of God! Through Christ you may climb the ladder of
progress, and bring every power under the control of Jesus. . . . In
spirit, in thought, in word, and in action, you may make manifest that
you are moved by the Spirit of Christ, and your life may wield a
power of influence over others.
We are living in altogether too solemn a period of the
world's history to be careless and negligent. . . . You must pray,
believe, and obey. In your own strength you can do nothing; but in the
grace of Jesus Christ, you can employ your powers in such a way as to
bring the greatest good to your own soul, and the greatest blessing to
the souls of others. Lay hold of Jesus, and you will diligently work
the works of Christ, and will finally receive the eternal reward.
As your soul yearns after God, you will find more and still more
of the unsearchable riches of His grace. As you contemplate these
riches you will come into possession of them and will reveal the merits
of the Saviour's sacrifice, the protection of His righteousness,
the fullness of His wisdom, and His power to present you before the
Father "without spot, and blameless." 2 Peter 3:14. AA567
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: