2 Peter 3:11-12 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” NASB
We have considered that we should be people who are Regenerated and people who Pray and today we are going to consider another trait of the believer.
We Ought to be a People Who Study the Word of God.
We discover the admonition or command in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” There should be a continual searching of the Bible for Life Truths which cannot be understood by the natural mind alone. We discover in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The Word of God is food and water for the soul of the believer. Jesus made that clear in Matthew 4:4 – “…It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” We study the Word of God for nourishment and spiritual health.
The Bible is our Spiritual Sword and powerful as we read in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It is a weapon of warfare against the devil. Jesus used that sword numerous times in his dealings with the devil and Jesus is our example, therefore we need to use it as well. But you cannot use what you do not know or understand. It can be used to combat the enemy and can be used to help the believer become what God desires them to be.
It all begins with Regeneration or Salvation. That is the beginning point from which none of the rest will matter if that element is not the foundation. Then, we should become people who Pray and seek the face of God in prayer. Prayer is a powerful weapon and a powerful source of inspiration and strength. Then, we should become people who Study the Word of God.
Our present world is rapidly moving toward the Final Hour of Judgment. The Bible warns that Judgment first begins at the House of God or with Believers. It indicates that the righteous will scarcely be saved and if that is the case where will the sinner and ungodly find themselves?
In light of prophecy and in light of current world conditions we must not delay in making a decision for Christ and seeking to introduce others to Jesus, the Redeemer. Delay is or can be destructive. Today is the day of salvation and there is no promise of a tomorrow on this earth for any of us. Some have literally robbed God with not intent to settle the account. Some have swept things under the rug with no intention of carrying out the garbage. Some have procrastinated thinking they still have time and when they see destruction coming, they will repent.
Jesus is going to return! Today is the day of salvation and once this life is over, there is no more opportunity to repent and get right with God. Therefore, as the day approaches and the final judgment looms on the horizon I ask, “What Manner of Person Are You?” When He comes what manner of person will He find you? What kind of person are you now and are you what God would have you to be?
If not, then call upon His name and ask His forgiveness and mercy. He stands at the Door and Knocks. Let Him Come In!
God bless you on this beautiful day!