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2 Peter 1:1 –
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As we look at 2 Peter 1:1, We will try to understand his writings, verse by verse, and sometimes word for word. The common meanings and understandings can be different from how we perceive them. So please allow me, to tell us, what we probably already know.

2 Peter: 1. 1.
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”

Peter starts out telling us who he is:
A servant:
When he says servant he isn’t talking about the guy who mows your lawn or the nice lady that comes in once a week to clean.

The word used for Servant of Christ, means Bond Slave or Love Slave. In Biblical times you could become a slave if you didn’t pay your debts, and stay a slave for 7 years or until the debt was paid.

Sometimes people were treated so well, they asked to stay provided for, cared for, protected by their Master. He would back them up to the edge of the door and make a hole in their earlobe with an awl.

This signified they were free men, who gladly remained and worked for their Master. This is the message of Peter, Paul and all who truly serve our Lord.

An Apostle:
Originally only the 12 were Apostles, after the Resurrection, Paul met Christ on the road to Damascus, and called himself an Apostle. When the Holy Spirit was given Apostles were one of the 5 fold ministry gifts.

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers.

Apostles are often thought of as people who start churches, train someone in the Word to Pastor and hopefully others for the other Gifts and then moves on, to repeat the same.

This is of course a slave and apostle of our Lord.

“to them that have obtained like precious faith””
Here he is talking to us, Believers on Christ and telling us something profound.

Our Faith is the same as his and all the othe Disciples, we should be experiencing all the things they did.

Hebrews 6:4-6
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,”

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

We have been enlightened, and tasted the heavenly gift of Salvation, and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore we must learn to taste Good Word of God, (learn, love, meditate, speak, live), when we do we will also taste the powers of the world to come.

Saints, the Gifts and Power of the Holy Spirit should be working within our churches today. Ask the Father what impedes there use in our lives?

“like precious faith”
Precious Faith, do you consider your faith as precious? The word Precious occurs 70+ times in the Word, Precious jem stones mostly, also Precious Promises and Precious Blood.

Precious, something that if you found it, you would sell all you had, to aquire this Precious thing.

Our Faith is Precious, we must build our Faith by being crucified, (losing ourselves), to aquire the Lord

“through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”
Because of and through the righteousness of the Father and Son.

2 Corinthians 5:21
King James Version (KJV)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Romans 10:3
King James Version (KJV)
“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

Romans 1:17
King James Version (KJV)
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 3:21-22
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”

Our Righteousness is revealed by our Faith in Christ, it is only the covering of His Precious Blood that makes us “The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. “

Lord please may this lesson help your chosen to find and embrace Your life and love.

2 Peter: 1. 1.
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”

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Their cry came up unto God: theunfetteredpreacher

I don’t think God hears our cry today. Why?

We are not crying out, for the lost, for those in bondage to sin and addictions.

We cried out for ourselves, and God heard, and delivered us. We do not intercede for others who are still in chains.

We don’t pray, Witness, or pull them out of the fire. We just watch them burn.

The Church has no Power, because we are, Us 4 and no more.

(That’s my job, you can’t have it. I do that, I don’t need your help. I’ve got it, thanks, anyway.)

The Lord comes in like a flood, when His children cry out.

Exodus 2: 23.

“And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Exodus 3: 7.

“And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;”

The lost need to be led to their freedom, it is our job the lead them.

To fast and pray for them, even to Cry out to God, by reason of their bondage.

The Lord had Moses, ready to stand in the gap. Could you be the Moses, they need Today?

Just, fast and pray, cry to the Lord. Stand still and see the Salvation of God.

How I Am, became Once Was: theunfetteredpreacher

How “I AM” became “He Was”

(or how the church lost the Power of God)

Some might say this is blasphemy. ” Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” But unfortunately it is the truth.

We no longer preach the Great “I AM”. The church is weak, ineffective, ingrown. ” Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”” Not my church,” you say.

I ask, do our churches really measure up to the early church? ” He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” They had no building, pulpits, children’s ministry, teen ministry, homeless ministry.

They had the POWER OF GOD and He added to the church daily such as should be saved. Be honest if someone comes into church with a contagious disease, we are more likely to say you should have stayed home till you feel better. When we should say “Be healed in the name of Jesus.”

What are we to do?

God heard the cries and groaning of the Hebrew captives in Egypt, because they were in bondage and He remembered His promise to Abraham.

Moses hiding in the desert, turned aside to see a burning bush. The Lord saw and God said; ” Take off your shoes, you are on Holy Ground”.

The first step in the transformation of “I AM” to “He Was” is that we really do not treat the Lords presence as Holy anymore. I am not a clothes line preacher…if you are at the beach…..beach clothes are certainly fine for church. I am more concerned with our attitudes. Do we understand Reverence, Sanctity, Praise, Meditation, Worship?

God heard our cries and groaning when we were trapped in the bondage of sin and shame. He desires us to pay attention to whatever our personal burning bush is and take off our shoes; this means, set ourselves apart, present ourself a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable unto God. Our minds should be renewed by reading Gods Word. Then we will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

When we enter church, we should think of it as turning aside to see our burning bush….Entering into the presence of God.

The second step in the transformation is how we introduce God.

Moses asked God: “Who should I say sent me?” God answered: “Tell them I AM THAT I AM sent you.”

God is the Great “I AM”; He preformed signs, wonders and miracles to free the Hebrews so that the Egyptians would: “see, know, consider, understand and believe that the Lord “IS” and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

When Jesus was on the earth He preformed signs, wonders and miracles and sent His disciples to do the same. For the same reason: So people would “see, know, consider, understand and believe that Jesus is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

He promised that “these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

When Jesus sent out the 12 they cast out devils and healed the sick. At The Day of Pentecost they spoke with new tongues. …had a boldness to preach, they had power and knowledge to handle the Serpent, the devil and God confirmed the Word with signs following.

So what happened?

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;”

The signs and wonders have grown scarce. We have to many wonderful speakers and not enough dedicated seekers.

I am not saying we don’t love the Lord. Just that we have forgotten what it means to Walk with the Lord. To seek His face and will, in all that we do.

We are afraid our prayers will not answered, we don’t want to say He doesn’t do that anymore, we want to believe but we don’t really know how to reach the Holy of Holies. We can tho. …

The church can and will have power again, when we fast, pray, meditate, praise and above all learn to Worship and share the Great “I AM”. “He is a very present help in times of trouble. ” “Ask, ye shall receive, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened.

ps.
Have you ever wondered if the gifts of the Spirit might be the talents that the Master left for us to increase till His return. A lot of churches have buried those talents.

It hath pleased the Lord : 4 theunfetteredpreacher

To please the Lord, should be our goal, and maybe we could aim higher still. We can be a delight.

Proverbs 15:8

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”

The Lord, delights in the prayers of the Upright, the Righteous.

A Prayer that is not just crying out for help, but a prayer of Worship, Praise, and Submission to His Will, recognizing Who He is, what He does, and what He expects from us.

Proverbs 12:22

“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

Proverbs 11:20

“They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.”

Proverbs 11:1

“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.”

The Lord delights in us as we deal justly, righteously, in good faith.

In business, He expects us to make a fair profit, not to cheat or overcharge.

To do our best, in quality and quantity, to be good Witnesses of His Love and Grace.

Psalm 18:19

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”

2 Samuel 22: 20.

“He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Numbers 14:8

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.”

The promises of God are Yes and Amen, the Promised Land is here for any who will enter.

He is waiting for us to enter in, and do the Work of the Ministry.

He will deliver us and reward us according to our Walk with Him, our attitude, and actions.

According to how well we Walk with Him, taking up His Yoke.

Psalm 37:23-24

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

He delights in us as we Walk in His Ways, if we stumble off the path, He holds us in His hand.

He sometimes needs to get our attention.

Proverbs 3:12

“For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

At times we need to help our children to stay on the straight and narrow, the Lord needs to help us also.

Proverbs 3:11

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:”

Hebrews 12:5

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:”

At times we need to be reminded, who we are, and what we have done. Like David, we do not always recognize our sin.

When we do, we need to repent.

Psalm 51:15-17

“O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

See also Psalms 51:10-13 (Often my prayer)

1 Samuel 15:22

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

To obey is better than sacrifice…..

It isn’t hard to please or even delight our God.

This verse is a song, that sums up our Walk with Christ.

Micah 6: 8.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

If we take it one step at a time, the Lord will smile upon us, give us Peace and Rest. Wisdom and Grace to become the True Servants, He has called us to be.

Amen

He that saith, unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; theunfetteredpreacher

Proverbs 24:24-25

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.”

Once upon a time, we had righteous leaders in Washington.

Our Country grew and prospered.

Our leaders were righteous, not because they were good, but because they believed in, and stood for Godly principles.

They sinned and failed morally, but the knew the road to Redemption.

We have gone, through a time, (16 of the last 25 plus years). Where immoral people have lead our land, and we can see the results.

God is taken from our schools, court houses, public meetings, sports….

There are those who celebrate this, as progress, a good thing.

What have we wrought?

School shootings, Gay marriage, Christian businesses, fined, even closed down, for not bowing down, to the left.

Just for standing firm, in their faith.

We must stand fast, and rebuke this Godless course, we are on.

We now have a leader, a regular guy, ( not a politician), who stands up for us, the people who are ignored and dumped on regularly.

Is he a Godly man, NO, but he might be a blameless, forgiven man.

He might be, just the man, to rebuke those who call evil, good, wrong, right, sin, a virtue.

The man we need for this time.

It isn’t a shooting war yet, but the left seems determined to make it one. Are you ready to stand fast, defend your God, Country and Children?

I hope so. Not until then, will they be rebuked and we receive the blessings of God. Amen

It hath pleased the Lord: 3 theunfetteredpreacher

Revelation 4: 11.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

The Universe’s and all that is in them, including ‘we the people,’ were created for God’s Pleasure.

We find Jesus, as a man, doing God’s will, Pleasing Him.

So how do we Please Him?

■ By Speaking, Preaching, Sharing the Gospel. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

■ Do good and to communicate, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)

■ The Sacrifices, of Reverence and Awe come from an appreciation of who God is. Acceptable worship combines these motives. (Hebrews 12:28,29)

■ Visiting widows and orphans, Sacrifices of words must be accompanied by deeds of love toward others. (James 1:27)

■ Helping others Financially (Philippians 4:18)

■ That we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

■ Enoch, pleased God. He believed that God IS. (Hebrews 11:5,6)

■ It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)

All these things Please God. When God is Pleased, we receive a promice.

Proverbs 16:7

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

When we do not please God, by not believing on His Word, or Trusting in His Protection. We may die in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5)

It is easier to question God, than to believe Him. We gladly except the Promise of Salvation, we feel the weight of Sin and Shame leave us as we are Filled with Christ.

We fail, by not following up, by sacrificing our wants and desires, in study and prayer, accepting God’s way, by Walking With Him.

Matthew 5: 6.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

To Please God, to be truly Righteous, we must Hunger and Thirst for More of Him.

Set our faces, like flint, to love, Worship and obey Jesus, as He leads and guide’s us by the Holy Spirit.

Saints, learn to set your hearts, to Pleasing God. You believe and you are blessed now.

Walk with Him, and receive His Blessings, a new.

Amen