FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Scripture: 2 Peter 3:8-16, Isaiah 26:9
The Lord is not willing that any should perish but we must note that He dealt judgment to many who refused steadfastly to turn. What manner of person ought we to be in the last days? Peter tells us. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” Peter encourages us to walk like Paul walked in order to deal with the filthy and the wanton, the brazen and the depraved in the hopes of gaining a testimony leading to salvation for those who are deceived. Isaiah 26:9 says, “For when your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” The hope is that judgments will lead to the harvest. What is the anointing for salvation in the last days? It is judgment. It is being able, through the Holy Spirit, to bring the full range of the judgment of God from affliction to termination. Through well-aimed judgments, may the fear of the Lord fall thereby leading many to salvation!