Please join me in welcoming back ETL guest writer Beryl Forney. While she doesn’t consider herself a writer, this beloved friend and sister goes to God’s Word for encouragement, strength, wisdom, correction, and fellowship. I learn so much from her and am pleased to share these, Beryl’s recent insights, with you.

Take it away, my friend!

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But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish with a [mighty and thunderous] roar, and the [material] elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are on it will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be [in the meantime] in holy behavior [that is, in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer] and in godliness [displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God] … !

(2 Peter 3:10-11, Amplified)

As I was reading 2 Peter recently, a few things jumped out at me.

  • What kind of person am I being?
  • Am I “looking up” as my Dad would have said; looking forward to the day of Christ’s return?
  • What sets my daily life and actions apart from anyone else in the world?
  • Am I making any effort—let alone every effort—to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him as lovingly exhorted in 2 Peter 3:14?
  • And am I, as challenged in 2 Peter 3:17, spiritually on guard?
  • Am I growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as instructed in verse 18?
  • Am I giving Him the honor and glory that He is due?

There is so much to meditate on in this passage. And not just think about, but be obedient to!

God gives me the directions right here in this chapter on how to live a godly life. The question is, how willing am I to follow and obey?

It’s like a recipe!

If I put in the correct ingredients and follow the directions, the cinnamon rolls I’m making will turn out soft and yummy. But if I don’t?

They could turn out rock hard. Or not be the least bit tasty.

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I also love Philippians 2:13, which reveals how God helps us to not only recognize what spiritual recipes we need, but equips us with everything necessary to follow through with them:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases Him.

My prayer today:  Lord, help me to be obedient; to put Your ingredients into my life and heart. To follow Your directions!



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