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“I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles” (2 Peter 3:2 NLT).

From: November 29, 2019

HOW ARE WE TO REMEMBER WHAT THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES SAID?

In the apostle Peter’s second letter, he shared his intent to stimulate their thinking by urging them to always remember the words of the holy prophets and of the commands of Jesus given through the apostles. In this way, Peter put the writings of the apostles on equal footing with that of the prophets. For both the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles wrote by the inspiration and authority of the Lord. As Peter stated earlier in his second letter, “No prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God” (2 Pet. 1:21). Likewise, the apostles of Jesus did not speak their own words, but bore first hand witness to what they had seen and heard of Jesus, as they were commanded by Him.
 
So Peter wanted believers to remember and always be mindful of what is now called the Old and New Testaments. His desire was that by remembering the words of the prophets and the apostles that the minds of believers would be stirred up to pure and wholesome thinking.
 
But how are we to remember what the prophets and apostles said? Read, study and meditate on God’s Word. For the key to a renewed mind is what we put in it.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for Your Word. It is one of Your greatest gifts to us. Help us to always desire it and remember it. Even more, through Your Spirit, empower us to live by it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty” (Daniel 6:22 NLT).

From: November 29, 2018

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF PRAYER WERE BANNED?
Ask Daniel. Daniel’s story is instructive to those who live as a religious minority under a worldly government. God gave Daniel wisdom to navigate the political tangle of Babylonian and Persian rule and yet remain steadfast to his faith. Even so, he still often experienced persecution and threats to his life.
 
How do we live out our faith at work or school, when expressing our faith is discouraged by company policies or prohibited by federal laws? As Daniel did, we should submit to the authorities over us, unless they cause us to break faith with the ultimate Authority, our God. Daniel feared the Lord more than the lions. And the Lord rescued him.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV).

From: November 29, 2017

Those that scoff at the Lord’s return because they see no evidence in this world of God’s justice, are here corrected. It is not because the Lord is slow to move, but because He is “patient,” so that “all” might have an opportunity for “repentance.”
 
Don’t let the coming and going of days and nights and the circling of the earth around the sun lull you into a false sense of continuity. For that is what the scoffers say, “All things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).
 
There was a Day when God created the world. There was a Day when He sent His Son. There will be a Day when His Son returns. And in between these days, the Lord is patient.

“I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end” (Daniel 6:26 ESV)

From: November 29, 2016

A new administration comes into power, jealous co-workers, and a governmental prohibition against prayer… Sounds like something from today’s headlines, doesn’t it? Well, actually this is what the Hebrew exile Daniel faced after Darius the Mede conquered Babylon. Even though Daniel had been an advisor to the Babylonians, Darius was so impressed with him that he made him one of his top three administrators and even planned to put him over all of his 120 “satraps” (Persian governors). Many of the Persian leaders became jealous of Daniel, so they schemed to get rid of him. They couldn’t find anything wrong with his work or character, so they focused on persecuting him for his faith. They persuaded Darius to pass a law against prayer and waited for Daniel to break it. They didn’t have to wait long. That very day, Daniel went “to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem,” and prayed. Daniel had broken Persian law, so Darius had no choice but to throw him in the lion’s den. Yet, God rescued Daniel, thus revealing His glory to Darius. In response, Darius executed Daniel’s detractors, elevated Daniel and made a “decree” instructing his whole kingdom to worship the “God of Daniel.” God used Daniel’s faithfulness to turn a prayer prohibition into a nationwide prayer meeting!

“I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word” (Psalm 119:147 NKJV)

From: November 29, 2015

Better to put your hope in the unchanging Word than in the ever changing circumstances of this world. God’s Word will accomplish what it says. The one who wrote Ps.119 knew this. Take some time to study this the longest chapter in the Bible. List the different words used for Word, such as: “law, promise,” etc…

“My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty” (Daniel 6:22 NLT)

From: November 29, 2014

What should you do if the government bans prayer? Ask Daniel. Daniel’s story is instructive to those who must live as a religious minority under a worldly government. God gave Daniel wisdom to navigate the political tangle of Babylonian and Persian rule and yet remain steadfast to his faith. Even so, he still often experienced persecution and threats to his life. How do we live out our faith at work or school, when expressing our faith is discouraged by company policies or prohibited by federal laws? As Daniel did, we should submit to the authorities over us, unless they cause us to break faith with the ultimate Authority, our God. Daniel feared the Lord more than the lions. And the Lord rescued him.

“A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22)

From: November 29, 2013

Stingy – adj. ˈstin-jē : not generous, unwilling to give, miserly, close-fisted. The stingy man doesn’t understand where wealth comes from (God) and its proper use (to steward according to God’s economy). He lives the life of the closed-fisted hand, closed both to God and to others. He dams up the flow both upstream and downstream. It’s no surprise that misers are miserable.

“A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day” (2 Peter 3:8)

From: November 29, 2012

God’s timing is not yours. We must not become impatient because He is never late. He is always right on time.

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word” (Psalm 119:147)

From: November 29, 2011

Better to put your hope in the unchanging Word than in the ever changing circumstances of this world. God’s Word will accomplish what it says. The one who wrote Ps.119 knew this. Take some time to study this the longest chapter in the Bible. List the different words used for Word (law, promise…).