Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 8-14-18

August 14, 2018

2 Peter 3:8-15 New Life Version

God’s purpose for this world is salvation and recreation; he longs for God-serving people to dwell in the beauty which he originally created and human will actually destroyed.  He patiently waits for people to want the same beauty he alone can create.  Scripture teaches one day this world will pass away and all things will be made new; God will bring beauty for ashes in the world. Life on earth as it was once known—in darkness and sin—will be no more.  Likewise, when Christ comes into our lives and brings salvation, all things in our spirits become alive and new; again he brings beauty for ashes.  Life as we once lived it—in darkness and sin—is to be no more.  He wants to renew our minds, wills, and emotions so we will be replicas of what he created us to be in the first place.  The world and humanity were originally created to occupy the glory of the Lord.

He is the Creator of Beauty and will one day recreate.  So, let’s make sure our lives are ready and invite the Spirit to make us burdened for those who are not ready.  In that way, we will reach out and tell everyone we know that Jesus is alive and brings salvation to anyone who will believe. People need to get ready for the New.  Christ alone can make humanity holy and ready for new life and a new dwelling.  Tell someone today.

2 Peter 3:8-15

8 Dear friends, remember this one thing, with the Lord one day is as 1,000 years, and 1,000 years are as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about keeping His promise as some people think. He is waiting for you. The Lord does not want any person to be punished forever. He wants all people to be sorry for their sins and turn from them. 10 The day of the Lord will come as a robber comes. The heavens will pass away with a loud noise. The sun and moon and stars will burn up. The earth and all that is in it will be burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, you should think about the kind of life you are living. It should be holy and God-like. 12 You should look for the day of God to come. You should do what you can to make it come soon. At that time the heavens will be destroyed by fire. And the sun and moon and stars will melt away with much heat. 13 We are looking for what God has promised, which are new heavens and a new earth. Only what is right and good will be there.

14 Dear friends, since you are waiting for these things to happen, do all you can to be found by Him in peace. Be clean and free from sin. 15 You can be sure the long waiting of our Lord is part of His plan to save men from the punishment of sin.

Prayer:  Lord, my heart is ready and I long to help others get ready, too.  Holy Spirit, prompt me to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with someone today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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