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Read devotionals for September 2019

October 1, 2019

II Peter 1:21 – For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Thought: Peter gives some interpretation of what he said in the previous verse. The revelation of God did not come by the will of man. In other words, they are not of any private interpretation. What we have in the Bible is not the opinions and narrative of mere mortals. No, these men were moved, that is, born along, by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit was giving them the message He wanted written, a message that revealed the mind of God.

John 16:13

October 2, 2019

II Peter 2:1 – But there were false prophets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Thought: Truth has always had its enemies. Truth is combatted by false doctrine. That false doctrine is spread by false teachers. Peter describes their messages as “damnable heresies.” They do not free individuals as truth does. They condemn. Their message denies the one who proclaimed: “I am the truth.” Eventually these false teachers will face their own destruction. Denial, damnation, and destruction are the ways of false prophets.

Matthew 7:15-20

October 3, 2019

II Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Thought: The word “many” is very troubling in this verse. False teachers exist. They spew their damanable heresies among the masses. Sadly, many follow their pernicious ways. Not just one or two. Not just a few. Many follow them. They do so, even when the false teachers speak evil of the precious truth found in the gospel of Christ. Sadly, the many do not know the truth. Thus, they are easily led astray. This is sad because only truth will set one free.

II Timothy 4:3-4

October 4, 2019

II Peter 2:3 – And through covetousness shall they with feign words make merchandise of you: who judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Thought: False teachers often desire to fill their pocketbooks with money. They speak their hypocritical words to blind sheep. They exhort their followers to part with their funds while they fill their coffers with gold and silver. They never have enough. their calls for cash are constant. One day these greedy men will be judged. Damnation awaits them. Their treasures will not save them.

Romans 16:18

October 5, 2019

II Peter 2:4 – For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.

Thought: Peter has warned the false teachers of the judgment of God twice in chapter two. He confirms that this judgment is real by reminding them of the condemnation of the angels who sinned in the long ago. The Scriptures do not reveal much about this situation. Two things are known. First, angels are of a higher order than man. Second, God did not hesitate to condemn those angels that sinned. If God will condemn angels, we can be assured that He will condemn sinful men.

Jude 6

October 6, 2019

II Peter 2:5 – And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

Thought: Peter notes another judgment of God, the judgment that came upon the world in the days of Noah. Man’s imaginations were evil. Sin and violence filled the earth. God regretted that He had made man. After a long period of warning through the preaching of Noah, God finally brought the flood waters upon the earth. All but eight people perished. This should be a very effective warning to all who rebel and disobey God. The false teachers of Peter’s day should have paid attention.

Genesis 6:11-13

October 7, 2019

II Peter 2:6 – And turning the cites of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.

Thought: This is the third example of judgment about which Peter reminds his readers. Sodom and Gomorrah were wealthy cities. They were also cities given to the flesh. The practice of homosexuality was well known. The Bible describes their sin as being exceedingly great. God rained down fire and brimstone upon those cities killing the inhabitants thereof. Peter tells us that they were made “an example unto those that after should live ungodly.” When it comes to sin, God is serious.

Genesis 19:24-28

October 8, 2019

II Peter 2:7 – And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.

Thought: While men live on earth, the righteous must dwell among the wicked. The righteous are few. When they see the lifestyles and the actions of the wicked, their hearts are vexed. The little word “vexed” means tortured. We can’t believe our eyes. We can’t believe that some would live in such wickedness. We know their end. Our hearts are pained as we watch the wicked march to destruction. Fortunately, the righteous will be delivered from the ungodly just as Lot was in the long ago.

Jeremiah 9:1-3

October 9, 2019

II Peter 2:8 – (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds:).

Thought: The thought from yesterday continues today. Righteous men are vexed with the unlawful and ungodly deeds of the wicked. Lot lived among those who practiced blatant homosexuality. Our nation is not lagging far behind Sodom. The LGBTQ community is praised, supported, and protected. The righteous are told that we must not only tolerate their behavior, but accept it. The righteous cannot. Our hearts are tortured by their sinfulness. It stains our society. It put Jesus on the cross.

Psalm 119:158

October 10, 2019

II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.

Thought: The godly are often tempted to join in with the ungodly crowd. They are pressured. They are called names. They are persecuted. They are shunned. They are charged with false claims. They are put in prison. Sometimes, they are killed. Some give up and give in. The godly should not ever do this. They have God on their side. He will deliver the godly out of temptation. Too, when tempted to give up, we must remember that the unjust are reserved unto the day of judgment to be punished.

Psalm 34:15-19

October 11, 2019

II Peter 2:10 – But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Thought: Peter had just mentioned judgment and punishment in the previous verse. He now mentions those whose punishment will be even greater. Judgment will be severe for those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. It will also be great for those who despise governments, that is, rulers and speak evil of dignities. The things of the flesh oppose the things of the Spirit. Those who rebel against rulers are rebelling against God-ordained authorities. Punishment will be severe.

Jude 8

October 12, 2019

II Peter 2:11 – Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Thought: Man has a tendency to show disrespect, especially towards authority, like no others. Peter here reveals that even angels, who are of a higher authority than man, do not bring railing accusation against dignities before the Lord. If they can show such restraint, man should as well. It is easy to reject, condemn, and ridicule leadership. It is not easy to be respectful, quiet, and submissive. Some of us desperately need to learn from the angels.

Jude 9

October 13, 2019

II Peter 2:12 – But these, as natural brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.

Thought: Some people live their lives like animals. One of the functions of the animal kingdom is to provide food for mankind. Thus, Peter says that were “made to be taken and destroyed.” It is sad when humans live their lives in the same manner. They live lives that are meaningless. They live their lives foolishly. Ultimately, they will “perish in their own corruption.” The things these individuals need in their lives are ridiculed and condemned because they understand them not.

Psalm 92:5-6

October 14, 2019

II Peter 2:13 – And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you.

Thought: What Peter describes are people who are erring Christians. He describes them as spots and blemishes in the love feasts of the church. These individuals are deeply deceived. Their lives are not lived in holiness. No, they count it a pleasure to riot in the daytime. They forget that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Instead, they have made this world their home. They delight in its evils. Peter plainly declares that they “shall receive the reward of unrighteousness.”

Isaiah 3:11

October 15, 2019

II Peter 2:14 – Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children.

Thought: When sin enters a person’s life, it is not long before it takes over. Taking over means that sin multiplies into numerous sins. The sin began with a disrespect of authority. Peter then mentioned how they riot in the daytime. Adultery and covetousness are two more sins they practice. The concerning words of the verse are: “…cannot cease from sin.” They are under its control. Sadly, they will also take others, the unstable, with them. Truly, they are cursed children.

Matthew 5:28

October 16, 2019

II Peter 2:15 – Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.

Thought: Peter reveals to us that these individuals used to be in “the right way.” However, they have gone astray. Their actions are very similar to those of Balaam about whom we read in the Old Testament. Balaam was offered money to curse the children of Israel. Instead of refusing it, he accepted the payment. Greed and covetousness have caused men to do some very evil things. What we need to remember is that unrighteousness may pay wages, but it also has its rewards from God.

Romans 1:18

October 17, 2019

II Peter 2:16 – But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbade the madness of the prophet.

Thought: Sometimes our evil, dangerous behaviors are clearly seen by others who are not considered as smart, beautiful, or talented as we are. This was certainly the case with Balaam. Balaam’s donkey saw the danger of his actions much clearer than he did. His attempts to save his master were rewarded with beatings. The ass had the last word, however. My friends, our sinful behaviors will ultimately find us out. We need to give heed to those who seek to rebuke our iniquities.

Numbers 22:22-33

October 18, 2019

II Peter 2:17 – These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the midst of darkness is reserved for ever.

Thought: One digs a well with great hope. Deep into the earth one digs with a hope of striking water, but the water never comes. The well is empty and useless. This was Peter’s description of the false teachers plaguing the early Christians. They sounded like a violent thunderstorm, but left only destruction in their wake. Peter confirms that there is a dark place in torment reserved for them.

Jude 12-13

October 19, 2019

II Peter 2:18 – For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

Thought: The key words of this verse are “they allure.” In essence, they deceive and they entrap. Sadly, false teachers entrap those who were “clean escaped from them who live in error.” They do so in three ways Peter says. First, they speak great swelling words of vanity. Second, they appeal to the lusts of the flesh. Third, they tempt through much wantonness. Satan has always been successful with his avenues of temptation. God’s people must check their desires and resist the evil one fervently.

I John 2:15-17

October 20, 2019

II Peter 2:19 – While they promise them liberty, they themselves are servants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Thought: The false teachers about whom Peter writes were in bondage to the lusts of the flesh. Peter refers to them as “servants of corruption.” It is ironic, therefore, that they promise liberty to their hearers. The liberty they promise is freedom from Christ and bondage to iniquity. That is not freedom at all. “For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” My friend, true freedom comes when one escapes the filth of the world and becomes a bondman of Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:16

October 21, 2019

II Peter 2:20 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Thought: Peter makes three important points. First, those to whom he refers escaped the pollutions of the world. This was accomplished through their knowledge of God’s Word. In order to escape those pollutions, they had to have been saved. Second, those who had escaped were now entangled in the world again, and overcome. Third, this latter position is worse than their beginning position. They were lost before escaping from sin. Now they have gone back. Now their lost condition is even worse. Those who believe in “once saved, always saved” would probably argue with the inspired penman.

Luke 11:24-26

October 22, 2019

II Peter 2:21 – For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Thought: Why is it better not to know the way of righteousness than it is to know it and turn away? This is what the false teachers had done. This is what the false teachers were causing others to do. Peter plainly teaches that a child of God can fall from grace. He also teaches that there are degrees of punishment in the hereafter. Those who learn the truth, obey the truth, then, forsake the truth will suffer more in eternity than those who never know the truth.

Ezekiel 18:24

October 23, 2019

II Peter 2:22 – But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and, The sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Thought: The pictures that Peter gives us are ugly and disgusting. The one about a dog turning to his own vomit again is extremely upsetting. But, this is what a person looks like who turns from the faith after having embraced it. It is what a person looks like when he has been cleansed of sins and returns back to the world. It is not a pretty picture. The saint goes back to sin. The servant of Jesus Christ becomes a servant of Satan. Hope is replaced with hopelessness. It is ugly and disgusting.

Matthew 26:14-16