If you haven’t already been able to read the first two parts of this series, please feel free to go back and read because this preparation is necessary for eternity. In the book of Peter, the outline for judgement day is laid out. Peter, who walked with Jesus during his life was very sure about judgement day. This was because of the fact that Jesus had warned Him during His time. Peter, who by the time the letter was written, had been filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is able to teach us all things. I would definitely suggest that you read 2 Peter Chapter 3 to hear what he had to say about that remarkable day. However, because I know that our lives sometimes become so busy that pulling out a bible and searching for scripture is hard to do, I have taken the liberty to include this entire chapter in this blog. The words were so fitting for our subject of preparation for judgement day that I decided to include them all.
“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Peter was so very right in his estimation. For now this world is full of people who scoff (make the word of God appear ridiculous). They will tell you that there is no second coming of Christ. They will urge you to live life “to the best of your ability”, which means including sin with holiness, being careless about how you treat those around you, and blending in with the world. Peter is telling us that this should not be. He urges the believer to “make every effort of being found spotless, and blameless. I urge you to do the same.
How does one become spotless and blameless? You have to have an indwelling of the holy spirit. You do this by tarrying (saying Jesus,Jesus,Jesus over and over again until it runs together as long as you can). Tarrying is something that seems strange to do, but it is an old fashioned remedy to a sin sick soul. I have practiced tarrying for the Holy Spirit and it works loves. You also want to forgive. We will go into forgiveness later, but for now I want to emphasize that if you do not forgive others, your heavenly father will not forgive you. I don’t care what someone has done to you, God commands that we forgive. If Jesus when He was dying on the cross found it not robbery to ask the Father to forgive His murderers, we have no excuse. Holding on to unforgiveness will make you void of God’s promises. There is no way you can get into heaven if you have not forgiven because it means all of the sins that you have ever committed are still with you. Even if you ask God to forgive you. Very plainly stated, you have to forgive. If not then heaven is not your home. You also have to stop being like the world. The bible tells us that we cannot serve two masters. It also tells us that friendship with the world is being enemies with God. If you love the world, )the fashion, the mindset, the engaging of premarital sex, same sex relationships, drugs, money and power) you can’t love God because the world hated Him. The bible tells us in many verses that love of the world means that you hate God. Many of us feel God’s laws are too restrictive because we want to do what the world is doing. We want to be beautiful, for men or women to desire us, for our bodies to be lusted after, to have lots of money and fame, to be successful in the world’s standards, to have whatever kind of guilty pleasure our heart desires. This is in err to many verses like 1 John 2:15 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” We also have to spend more time in our Word. The Bible is life and the words of the pages are alive and have the power to change everything about you that is against God’s words, if you let it. I will express that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and that He doesn’t want to just come into a heart that hasn’t invited Him. Will you invite Him today? Part 2 of this series includes the sinners prayer. I urge you to go back to it and recite it. Begin your preparation for judgement before it is too late. God bless you for reading and I will talk with you soon on Part 4 of this series.
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