Tuesday, May 15, 2012

GOD IS...(V)

Eeeek! I'm falling almost a week behind here! That is, on putting together and publishing "GOD IS..." posts. (I'm months backed up on other posts.) Hey, it is what it is.

I have to admit I'm a little nervous. My Bible Study Fellowship ends next week. I'm so afraid of becoming a slacker after that. Getting "too busy" to read my Bible and letting sleep or reading other books or doing dishes (who am I kidding, dishes are always last on my list) or Facebooking...letting anything become an excuse or higher priority.

The thing I love most about being in any Bible study is that it keeps me accountable to be reading the Bible regularly. Daily at best. Weekly at worst. Summer vacation is right around the corner but Bible reading is not something I want to take a vacation from. Why would I want to take a vacation from filling my mind and heart with truths like these....?

2 Peter 1:1 Our God and Savior Jesus Christ gives faith through his righteousness.

2 Peter 1:2 God gives you abundant grace and peace through your knowledge of Him and Jesus your Lord.

2 Peter 1:3-4 God's divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness through your knowledge of Him who called you by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given you His very great and precious promises.

2 Peter 1:11 Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has an eternal kingdom into which He richly welcomes those He has called.

2 Timothy 3:16 God breathed all Scripture and it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Peter 1:14 Jesus Christ made it clear to Peter that he would soon put aside the tent of his body (die).

2 Peter 1:16 The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth and was powerful. Peter was one of many who were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

2 Peter 1:17 Jesus recieved honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory saying, "This is my Son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased."

2 Peter 1:21 The Holy Spirit carried men along as they spoke from God the prophesies of Scripture.

John 14:21 Whoever loves Jesus Christ will be loved by God the Father. Jesus will also love them and show Himself to them.

2 Peter 2:4 God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgement.

2 Peter 2:5 God did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others.

2 Peter 2:6 God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly, but he rescued Lot, a righteous man.

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgement, while continuing their punishment.

Psalm 119:105 God's word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.

2 Peter 3:5 Long ago, by God's word the heavens existed and the earth were formed out of water and by water.

2 Peter 3:8 With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting everyone to come to repentence.

2 Peter 3:10 The Day of the Lord (when Jesus returns to earth) will come like a thief in the night.

2 Peter 3:15 Our Lord's patience means salvation.

2 Peter 3:18 Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ allows you to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. To Him be glory both now and forever!

1 John 1:9 God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and and purify us from all unrighteousness if we confess our sins.

2 Corinthians 12:9 God's grace is sufficient for you for His power is made perfect in your weakness. Christ's power rests on you when you boast in your weakness.

Jude :1 God the Father loves those who have been called and are kept by Jesus Christ.

Jude :4 Jesus Christ is your only Sovereign Lord.

Jude :5 The Lord delivered His people out of Egypt, but later destroyed thos who did not believe.

Jude :6 The Lord has kept in darkness and bound with everlasting chains for judgement the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abondoned their own home.

Jude :14 The Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly and all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

Jude :21 God's love keeps those with most holy faith as they wait for the mercy of their Lord Jesus Christ to bring them eternal life.

Jude :24 Jesus Christ is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

Jude :25 To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore.

I usually just end it there but after reading that whole string of verses at one time I love how it highlights two sides of God's character. On one hand He is a Holy, powerful Judge. On the other hand He is a loving and merciful Savior. God doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to His judgement of sin. He's clear. He has done and will continue to do it. At the same time, He is patient, waiting for repentence which results in His forgiveness and mercy. And even then it's HIS power and love that keep us and present us without fault, even though we are full of faults.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found. Was blind but now I see.

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