Apostle Peter warns: Be alert and be aware

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Each of us know of indi­viduals who once knew God but no longer walk with Him. Once in the church…perhaps in the ministry, but now distant and detached from what they once were and what they once did. At one point they were faithful and fer­vent, but now, the fire is gone, their priorities have changed and their life has taken another direction.

Peter urges us to be­ware….be alert so that we won’t be led away from a place of steadfastness in God. The very statement Peter makes in this verse, points to the reality that a person can be led away from a close walk with God. Hear me today…the hour is late, the time is short, life is uncertain - this is not the time to have one foot in the church and the other in the world.

Granted, things happen in our lives and ministries that Satan uses to undermine our faith. John the Baptist experienced a crisis of con­fidence and sent messen­gers to Jesus asking “Are you the one that should come, or look we for an­other?” After Jesus was ar­rested Peter cast aside his confidence and in fear de­nied that he even knew Jesus. Demas, part of Paul’s ministry team--can you imagine what he saw and experienced as he worked side-by-side with a passionate, persistent and Pentecostal Paul? Yet, Demas became distracted and quit. Paul said: “Demas hath left me having loved this present world!” It’s possible to become dis­tracted and our attention become more on other things than on God. Dis­traction weakens our wor­ship, our warfare and our witness.

Faith/confidence in our abilities, our talents, our personality, and our con­nections and resources will never carry us through the challenges of life and min­istry. Faith/confidence in man will result in disap­pointment and bitterness. Our confidence must be in God and His Word. We can trust Him! He said He would never leave us or for­sake us—we can trust Him! The Word says He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother-we can trust Him! He said in this world we would have trouble, but to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world-we can trust Him! He said He would give us wisdom if we would ask Him—we can trust Him! He said that in His name we could lay hands on the sick and they would recover, that we would cast out demons and speak with new tongues-we can trust Him! He said we could ask anything in His Name and He would do it—we can trust Him! What a privilege to trust Him who was, who is and who is to come!

The words of the apostle Paul in Hebrews 10:35 give us wise counsel in the criti­cal times in which we live:

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward!”





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