Be More Than Positive, Be Biblical

Depression. Self-image problems. Unrealistic expectations of success and security promoted on social media. As they say, the struggle is real. While it produces turmoil on the inside, it produces a need to “fake it” on the outside which leads to more sadness on the inside. I’ve been there. I will be there again. It sucks. But what to do about it? I’m observing a trend amongst Christians that is trying to counter these things and it’s mostly centered on being positive. “Corby, what could you possibly find wrong with that?” Sadly, plenty. What I’m seeing is that the focus on being positive is centered on “me,” on self. In fact this is contrary to God’s solution to the problem. God’s solution, as one would expect, produces way better results, and I’m hoping people will be encouraged to pursue it relentlessly. Being positive isn’t the answer. Be more than positive; be biblical.

Be More Than Positive, Be Biblical

2 Peter 2 Savior AND Lord

Highlights

  • false prophets – pseudo prophets
  • false teachers – pseudo teachers. Genuinely deceived, and not
  • heresies – to chose, to elect to believe something different from the majority. “I donʼt want to believe this, I want to believe that.”
  • bought-purchased,nowunderthecontrolofthebuyer. An exchange. Key point.
  • follow – imitate. Supposed to imitate Jesus.
  • destructive – as the result of sensuality, absence of restraint.
  • the way of truth – there is only one way of truth.
  • The truth, the gospel, brings life, illumination, selflessness, salvation. The false brings destruction, greediness, confusion, deception, judgment.
  • 2:9 How does one go from being unjust to godly? Repentance.
    Transition point – itʼs an issue of lordship.
  • The struggles we see in the church, in marriages, in families, in individuals, all come back to Lordship of JC.
  • Canʼt do any of it assuming, “Godʼs probably OK with this.”
  • If Jesus isnʼt your Lord, He isnʼt your savior. Not my words, Godʼs.
  • Implied, if not specified, in the gospel, is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Is He your Lord? Is this the missing thing in your relationship with Jesus? Start today.

2 Peter 2 Savior AND Lord

2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

Highlights

  • Peter is going to remind us of the certainty of the basis for all of this. Not a philosophy, code, moral ethic. Really, really real.
  • stir – agitate. Sometimes we need that. Encountering someone we disagree with can help correct us, or further establish us in the truth.
  • You are never too young to think about what you are going to leave behind.
  • Boundary markers – help you now when you are about to cross a line. Psalm 119:9, 11.
    • Landmarks / altars – reminder to self and future of signifi- cant encounter with God. A-ha moments.
    • What are your landmarks? What are you doing to remember the reminders? Devos, study, memorization.
  • The God who moved and spoke to and through those people, wants to move and speak to and through you, in terms of relationship and delivering the gospel, the light to be heeded.

2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

Jesus; Savior, Lord, and Mentor?

“Your father brings you into this world. Your Rabbi brings you into the world to come.” Mishna

It can happen to any of us. From the seasoned saint to the new-ish believer, we can hit a point where Jesus feels distant. I know He is my savior, but He died and rose again almost 2,000 years ago on the other side of the world from me. I know He is my Lord, but that makes me think of a King in a distant castle up on a throne while I’m out here in the kingdom trying to serve Him. Does it ever feel like there is something missing from this relationship? There is; it’s seeing Jesus Himself as your primary Mentor.

Jesus; Savior, Lord, and Mentor?

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence

Highlights

  • Stuff must have happened between two letters. Very different. What?
    • A lack of diligence in their walk combined with persecution.
    • Weakened them to be deceived by false teachers promising them easier way.
    • Resulting in them bailing on Jesus and forgetting the promises concerning Godʼs love and justice. They needed reminders.
  • knowledge – epignosko. clear and exact knowledge from experience.
  • 1:4 great and precious promises through which we can be partners in, participants of the divine nature. The Exchange.
  • Where are you? Where are we as a church? Do you have all things? Are you partaking? Are you experiencing Jesus?
  • giving all diligence – strip down life to its essentials, add this in first, then the rest by priority. As soon as this gets crowded out something else needs to go
  • Imagine you know where your car keys are, but you spend all your time looking for them everywhere but where they are, and wondering why you canʼt find them. People do this with Jesus.
  • sure – you canʼt be more saved or less saved. Salvation, calling, election are in what He has done, not what we do. Peter means, for our sakes, do what it takes to make our lives in him firmly fixed, rooted, grounded.
  • Youʼre saved? Great! Do you have the abundant life Jesus promised?

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence