Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 8-10-20

2 Peter 2:4-10 TPT

4 Now, don’t forget, God had no pity for the angels when they sinned [rebelled against God] but threw them into the lowest, darkest dungeon of gloom [hell] and locked them in chains, where they are firmly held until the judgment of torment.

5 And he did not spare the former world in the days of Noah when he sent a flood to destroy a depraved world [devoid of awe for God] although he protected Noah, the preacher of righteousness, along with seven members of his family.

6 And don’t forget that he reduced to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, condemning them to ruin and destruction. God appointed them to be examples as to what is coming to the ungodly. 7 Yet he rescued a righteous man, Lot, suffering the indignity of the unbridled lusts of the lawless. 8 For righteous Lot lived among them day after day, distressed in his righteous soul by the rebellious deeds he saw and heard.

9 If the Lord Yahweh rescued Lot, he knows how to continually rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the ungodly for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 And this especially applies to those who live their lives despising authorities and who abandon themselves to chasing the depraved lusts of their flesh.

History was written and preserved, so we “don’t forget.” The Bible is preserved to provide a history of God as he reveals himself as the Creator and establishes his authority within his creation. It is written so we “don’t forget” the ways of God and his expectations for the human race to receive his love, redemption, and salvation. God desires to have a relationship with his creation. In our passage today, we want to remember how God did not spare even the angels when they rebelled against his authority. Throughout biblical history, rebellious human beings have had to face the judgment of God for their lawless sin. According to Scripture, every human being must face the responsibility of his or her choices. If we choose to rebel against God and his authority to govern our lives, we will face judgment. We will either be examples to the world of righteousness (right standing with God) or wicked lawlessness (rebellion against God). While some in our culture would like to erase history, may those who are wise take this time to get right with God; “don’t forget!”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving your creation so much that you left us with your written Word so we do not forget your love, work of redemption, or righteous expectations for us. I will not forget. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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