The Origin Of Prophecy

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S-cripture:

2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

O-bservation:

The Apostle Peter made it very clear concerning “The Origin of Prophecy.” He said that humans didn’t make prophetic utterances up; rather, the words were given to them by God, and the Holy Spirit strengthened them to give them.

A-pplication:

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that humans aren’t involved in the gifts of the Spirit. The fact is, we are God’s vessels to deliver the gifts to His people. But He is the one orchestrating the content. There is the possibility of fabricating these gifts. That is a real concern. However, phonies are always discovered in time. The normal workings of the gift of Prophecy or any other gift originates in heaven. God gives the words, the Holy Spirit empowers His vessel (i.e. you and me), and the gift is presented to one or more people. If you’ve ever wondered, that comprises “The Origin Of Prophecy.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I’m so happy that You are the originator of all the Gifts of The Spirit. Today it is my desire to be used as Your vessel. Amen
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Let Jesus Deliver You”

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S-cripture:

2 Peter 2:19b For “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

O-bservation:

This entire chapter has to do with St. Peter endeavoring to help "Jesus Followers" avoid false teachers. Many of the people in his day were being deceived by false teachers. Peter said they were like "a sow who had been washed clean returning to the mud" (v.22). Consequently, Peter says in this passage that "people become slaves to whatever they've allowed to master them."

A-pplication:

The process of moving away from our old sinful life towards a life that is pleasing to Jesus is called "Sanctification." Ideologies and activities that formerly held us in bondage had literally mastered us. In fact, we were slaves to these very thoughts and activities. Yet, because of the grace of our Lord Jesus, we have been delivered from such forced activity. If, however, lately you've found yourself drifting back to your old life of bondage, don't wait another minute. "Let Jesus Deliver You!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Whenever I think of the picture of the sow returning to the mud after a fresh bath, I'm convinced. I'll stay with You. You've already delivered me from the mud of sin. Amen
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The Divine Natural

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S-cripture:

2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

O-bservation:

Earlier, St. Peter talked about the gift of God’s power, glory, and goodness. The Apostle said He has given us precious promises so that we can become partakers of the Divine nature of God.

A-pplication:

Many years ago, as a younger man, I was meditating on this word, nature. I asked the Lord for a clearer understanding of this verse. I felt the Lord speak to me and remind me that the word nature is a contraction of the word natural. When I read it again, I had a fresh view of the scripture. God has so blessed us that we are now partakers of "The Divine Natural." In other words, there comes a tipping point in our walk with Christ; for years, it was natural to live on the dark side, but now it's natural to live for Jesus. I can remember there came a point in my Christian walk when it was just natural because I had become a partaker of "The Divine Natural."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm thrilled today to live in service to You, my Lord and Savior. It's just Natural. Amen
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No One Lost

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S-cripture:

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

O-bservation:

This is an amazing passage of scripture because it shows the heart of God in such a special way. In the previous chapter, St. Peter had reminded the reader of the wrath of God in history, when whole nations and people groups disobeyed and how His destruction was evident to all. Yet here He says the true heart of God is that in the end, the Lord wants, “No One Lost!”

A-pplication:

THAT’S RIGHT!! “No One Lost” is the reason Jesus came. Jesus said He had come to “Seek and to save those who were lost.” You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t think that’s what’s being said here.” But look with me again. Peter said God is not willing that any would perish (be lost, go to a Christless eternity) but that all may come to repentance (be found and go to heaven instead of being lost)! It’s one thing to be lost in the woods at night and hear the wolves howling. It’s an entirely different thing to be lost for eternity. That’s why, as I write this AM, I’m grateful to say that we serve a God who is bent on finding and rescuing us and making sure at the end of the day there will be “No One Lost!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m so thankful that You searched for me until You found me. You weren’t the one lost. I was. Thank you! Amen
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Remember Who Is Carrying Your Good Word

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S-cripture:

2 Peter 1:21
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

O-bservation:

The Apostle Peter gives more understanding concerning the ministry of the prophet. He said prophecy has no origin in human will, but that people were carried along by the Holy Spirit in order to speak the oracles of God.

A-pplication:

There appear to be at least two kinds of prophecies in the Bible that most believers are aware of. There is the prophecy to an individual from a God-ordained prophet that tells a person something he or she may or may not know about themselves that brings conviction and sometimes destruction upon that person. A case in point would be the prophet Daniel prophesying to Belshazzar that his kingdom would fall that night, and it did. Only God could give that word to Daniel, and only the Holy Spirit could strengthen him to prophesy the word. The other kind of prophecy is the prophet who sees a victory in a person’s future that the person, when they hear it, ends up spending the rest of their life running towards it until it occurs. The best New Testament example is Jesus prophesying to and directing His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone. It was something they were encouraged to do. Once again, the prophets were enabled to prophesy because they were carried by the Holy Spirit. Always “Remember Who Is Carrying Your Good Word.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m asking You to carry me to spread prophetic encouragement to everyone I meet today. Amen
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