2 Peter 1:16-21

Dani took us through 2 Peter 1:12-21, reminding us to remember: remember the truth of the gospel, even though we do know it. To remember the great promises and blessings God has given to us by “his own glory and goodness.”
His diving power has given us everything you need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.                         2 Peter 1:3-4.
When you stop actively remembering something, you begin to forget. So Peter says, “make every effort to add to your faith…”
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.                  2 Peter 1:5-9
How do we possess these great qualities? By spending time with Christ in the Scriptures. While we can’t see Jesus himself, we can rely on the words written down for us by the prophets and apostles.
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty.        2 Peter 1:16
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture ever came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origins in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.                2 Peter 1:19-21.
Not only do we have these promises, but we can be sure that they are trustworthy because God himself is responsible for giving them to us, through the prophets. So we need to spend time in God’s word, constantly being filled with the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ and of our salvation.
Dani shared how she had to ask herself some hard questions whist writing her talk. She asked the same questions of us. It would be helpful to think of your answers.
·         Is my love for God’s word consistent with my priorities and how I use my time?
·         Do my quiet times take a back seat to life?
·         Where does bible study fit into my priorities?
·         How often do I block out a time every day to read God’s word?
·         What do we need to give up in order to make it happen?
Read God’s word prayerfully, diligently, carefully and with thanksgiving, and we will remember the freedom we have in Christ Jesus.
Before moving to Carmelina’s talk, some helpful, practical tips for being more regular in bible reading:
  • Think of something that you do regularly, e.g. watching TV, eating chocolate, and put your bible near those things so that when you unfailingly go to the remote, or your secret stash, your bible is there waiting to be read. Don’t let yourself have your ‘special treat’ until you read your bible. Then, the more you read, the more you want to and fall in love with God’s Word.
  • Be accountable to someone. Share with your bible study, or a close friend, how your bible reading is going. Not that we are trying to please men (1 Thes 2:4), but the more you get asked that question, the more you want to be able to say, “it’s been really good.”
  •  Ask people, “how is your bible reading going?” Be that person for others. Encourage and spur your sisters, and brothers, in Christ, to live for Christ more and more.
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