VIDEO Everything We Need – Are We Living in the Last Days

As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1:3

Often, we gather what we think we need: everything we need to begin life in college, everything we need to welcome a firstborn child into our home, everything we need to get our children back to school in September—but invariably we discover we have forgotten something. Try as we might, it’s hard to be fully prepared for life.

Or is it? The apostle Peter wrote that God has “given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” That isn’t a guarantee that our checklist for every life circumstance will be perfectly completed. But it does mean, when it comes to living a godly life, we have everything we need in Christ. By knowing God through Christ, we have access to His character and resources that abide in us. Paul characterized these traits in Galatians 5:22-23 as the fruit of the Spirit. Peter’s list includes faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7).

Just as Christ lacked nothing in His life, we have everything we need for our life through Him.

Let God’s promises shine on your problems.  Corrie ten Boom


Are We Living in the Last Days? – 2 Peter 1-3 – Skip Heitzig

When it comes to the last days or the end times or, for that matter, any Bible prophecy, there is no shortage of speculation and sensationalism. Every generation has its doomsday preachers predicting the end of everything, trying to fit current events into the predictive prophecy so prevalent in Scripture. Yet one day the world will end. So what are the last days and what are the characteristics of that time period? Let’s consider five features

This teaching is from the series 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Church.

00:00​ Introduction

08:13​ Foreseen by Scripture

18:45​ Focused on Christ

26:16​ Filled with Apostasy

35:26​ Framed by Skepticism

39:41​ Faced with Hope

The Frosting of Faith

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5

Hand in hand, my grandson and I skipped across the parking lot to find a special back-to-school outfit. A preschooler now, he was excited about everything, and I was determined to ignite his happiness into joy. I’d just seen a coffee mug with the inscription, “Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.” Frosting equals fun, glitter, joy! That’s my job description as his grandma, right? That . . . and more.

In his second letter to his spiritual son Timothy, Paul calls out his sincere faith—and then credits its lineage both to Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5). These women lived out their faith in such a way that Timothy also came to believe in Jesus. Surely, Lois and Eunice loved Timothy and provided for his needs. But clearly, they did more. Paul points to the faith living in them as the source of the faith later living in Timothy.

My job as a grandmother includes the “frosting” moment of a back-to-school outfit. But even more, I’m called to the frosting moments when I share my faith: Bowing our heads over chicken nuggets. Noticing angelic cloud formations in the sky as God’s works of art. Chirping along with a song about Jesus on the radio. Let’s be wooed by the example of moms and grandmas like Eunice and Lois to let our faith become the frosting in life so others will want what we have.

By:  Elisa Morgan

Reflect & Pray

How have you been influenced by the faith of others? How are you living out your faith so that others might be influenced?

Dear God, help me to invest my time in living out my faith before others.

Consequences of Ignoring God

2 Chronicles 33:1-20

People all around us are disregarding God’s offer of salvation through faith in His Son. If we look at their lives, it may not seem that they’re facing any divine judgment, but we must remember that repercussions don’t always follow immediately. Ignoring the Lord is rebellion and idolatry in His eyes, and unless the offender turns to Him in humble repentance and faith, consequences will come.

King Manasseh of Judah stands as an example of what can happen when someone ignores God. Despite the example of his godly father Hezekiah, Manasseh abandoned the Lord and led his people into idolatry. He was deaf to God’s voice and carried on with this evil for quite a while. But in time God finally got his attention through a painful situation involving the Assyrian military. Humbled, Manasseh repented and began obeying the Lord instead of ignoring Him.  

Are you sensitive to God’s voice, or does He have to bring hardship and suffering into your life to get your attention? Disregarding Him is a serious matter, but God is merciful and responds to the cries of a truly repentant heart.

When…Then

“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Moses knew Israel would tend to succumb to various temptations in the Promised Land and encouraged them not only to obey God’s law but to use temptations as an opportunity for growth in character. Standing on the border, he proposed three “when…then” situations and exhorted the people to decide in advance how they would react.

“When the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land…to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildest not,…Then beware lest thou forget the LORD” (6:10, 12). Moses knew that a satisfied people, recipients of easy wealth, would forget the Lord. The remedy: “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name” (v. 13), and “ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God” (v. 17).

Next, “when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies…which the LORD our God hath commanded you?” (v. 20), the fathers were to instruct them with: “The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand” (v. 21). “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive” (v. 24).

God also knows our tendencies to compromise, and “when the LORD thy God…hath cast out many nations before thee,…thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them;…Neither shalt thou make marriages with them;…For they will turn away thy son from following me” (7:1-4).

In these and other situations, we would do well to follow Moses’ exhortation and decide beforehand how we will react. JDM

Take Time to Listen

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. —Psalm 119:130-131

The Quakers had many fine ideas about life, and there is a story from them that illustrates the point I am trying to make. It concerns a conversation between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and a Quaker woman he had met. Maybe Coleridge was boasting a bit, but he told the woman how he had arranged the use of time so he would have no wasted hours. He said he memorized Greek while dressing and during breakfast. He went on with his list of other mental activities—making notes, reading, writing, formulating thoughts and ideas—until bedtime.

The Quaker listened unimpressed. When Coleridge was finished with his explanation, she asked him a simple, searching question: “My friend, when dost thee think?”

God is having a difficult time getting through to us because we are a fast-paced generation. We seem to have no time for contemplation. We have no time to answer God when He calls.   JAF046

Lord, in this increasingly fast-paced, success-oriented life, slow us down and teach us the value of having time to think. Amen.

Tozer on Christian Leadership

Am I Really Converted?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. —James 2:26

I believe in the deeper Christian life and experience—oh yes! But I believe we are mistaken when we try to add the deeper life to an imperfect salvation, obtained imperfectly by an imperfect concept of the whole thing.

Under the working of the Spirit of God through such men as Finney and Wesley, no one would ever dare to rise in a meeting and say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being to God and had taken Jesus Christ as his Lord….

Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be tacked on at some time in the future.

Can it be that we really think that we do not owe Jesus Christ our obedience?

We have owed Him obedience ever since the second we cried out to Him for salvation, and if we do not give Him…obedience, I have reason to wonder if we are really converted! ICH013

I am satisfied that when a man believes on Jesus Christ he must believe on the whole Lord Jesus Christnot making any reservation! ICH007

Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

Supper in Emmaus

Luke 24:32

George Eliot called it “the loveliest story in the world.” But what is it that makes the Emmaus story so beautiful?

First, you have a country road and a country village. You have two ordinary people—not members of the Eleven. Only one of them, Cleopas, is named. You have an earnest invitation to share in a very frugal meal. And that is all. Yet out of these commonplace threads is woven a story that has thrilled people for 2,000 years.

Walking down that Emmaus Road were two dispirited travelers. For them the thoroughfare could not be measured in miles; it stretched from bewilderment to heartbreak, from bitter disappointment to disillusionment.

As Cleopas and his companion trudged homeward, the death of Jesus, which was certain, and His possible resurrection, which was manifestly uncertain, were the only subjects of discussion. And while they reasoned on them, “Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them” (Luke 24:15)

The first thing He does for these two who thought their precious dream had faded, that death had taken charge, was to open to them the Scriptures. During the walk, not only the Scriptures, but hearts, were opened. “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).

It was an experience that His listeners did not want to end. The day was melting into evening and they begged Him to stay. In these twilight moments, while the three supped together, the room was suffused with burning glory. Suddenly the two villagers were dazzled by the awareness that the stranger to whom they had offered hospitality was none other than the risen Lord! Truly alive! As quickly as they recognized their royal guest, so quickly did He vanish from their sight. Pieces of the broken bread were still there on the table. And while the two sat in stunned silence, the room still echoed the sound of His blessing.

The appearance of the resurrected Jesus had to be reported at once to the Eleven in Jerusalem. While only hours earlier their footsteps had dragged along a weary road, now their feet fairly flew. They were bearers of the best news of all: “He is risen!”

The most commonplace walk, the dustiest road, the lowliest home and the most ordinary people can be filled with radiant glory, if the living Lord draws near and takes preeminence. The burning heart, surely, is a supreme need of every individual who names the name of Christ.

Arnold Brown, With Christ at the Table