From Handbook to Scripture, Day 347
READING: 2 PETER 2
Having affirmed true prophecy, Peter warns of the dangers of false teachers who deny the truths of the gospel and seek to captivate others (2:1–22). He not only denounces their teachings and conduct, but also anticipates the divine judgment they will receive.
In contrast to the external dangers of persecution of the Christian community in Asia Minor that Peter addressed in his first epistle, his second epistle confronts the internal dangers of false teachers that threatened to corrupt the body of believers in both doctrine and practice. The focus of 1 Peter is suffering for the sake of commitment to Christ, while the focus of 2 Peter is knowledge of the truth in a context of misleading errors. Peter’s first epistle deals with the implications of spiritual birth, and his second epistle stresses the importance of spiritual growth.
Prayer: Lord, may I come to know the truth of Your revealed Word so well that I will be able to quickly discern and avoid the influence of false teaching.
Meditation passage: verses 1, 9
From Simple Prayers, Day 347
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You.
Who makes me different from anyone else? And what do I have that I did not receive? And if I did receive it, why I should I boast as though I had not received it? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
May Your merciful kindness be my comfort,
According to Your promise to Your servant. (Psalm 119:76)
Take a moment to share your personal needs with God, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual concerns.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
I will sing of Your lovingkindness and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing praises. (Psalm 101:1)
As the gospel spread to the Gentiles, many rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
By this is Your Father glorified, that I bear much fruit, showing myself to be Your disciple. (John 15:8)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. The one who sows to please his flesh will reap corruption; the one who sows to please the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7–8)
Whatever is not from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
Lord, I thank You for Your lovingkindness and justice and for the good news of eternal life through Your Son. I pray that I would glorify You by bearing much fruit, and I ask that I would live by faith and sow to please Your Spirit.
Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth
THREE FRONTS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE
As followers of Christ, we are engaged in a cosmic conflict, whether we know it or not. From the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament, the Bible clearly reveals the existence of a vast, highly ordered, and complex spiritual world that exists between God and us. Instead of a rigid dichotomy between the natural and the supernatural, the Scriptures disclose the direct involvement of the supernatural in the natural realm. A careful analysis of the Bible reveals a pervasive “supranatural” warfare dimension in reality that involves a present cosmic-earthly conflict. Those who ignore or reject this reality are ill-equipped to deal with spiritual powers of evil in the world.
Scripture clearly teaches the dynamics of this warfare on three fronts: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The worldly and demonic systems are external to believers, but they entice and provide opportunities for the flesh, which is the capacity for sin within us. Christ has already won the victory, but until He returns, the battle still rages on. In this battle, we don’t fight alone but with the protection of God’s spiritual armor.
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce.