Week Forty-five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Letters of St. Peter — 2 Peter 2: 20,21

Note: This week’s thematic verses come from 2 Peter 2, where the author gives a solemn warning.  Peter himself was pulled back from the brink of spiritual disaster, and he warns others to avoid teachers and influences that would wreck their faith.

Sunday, November 6

2 Peter 2:20,21 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.  It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred commandment that was passed on to them.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep us every in the faith.

Thought for the day:  Why does lemon juice keep apple slices from turning brown?

Monday, November 7

Hebrews 6: 7, 8 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.  But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed.  In the end it will be burned.

Prayer:  Lord God, in our lives may you ever find a bountiful harvest of praise and thanksgiving.

Thought for the day:  Why does a garden untended grow an abundant crop of weeds?

Tuesday, November 8

2 Timothy 4:9, 10 Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.

Prayer:  Jesus, give us the strength to follow you all the days of our lives.

Thought for the day: To be declared the winner of a track event you must cross the finish line.

Wednesday, November 9

Luke 11: 25,26 When [an evil spirit] arrives it finds the house swept clean and put in order.  Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there.  And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in our hearts let us make room only and always for you.

Thought for the day:  A vacuum attracts anything within its reach. 

Thursday, November 10

Leviticus 10: 1,2 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu too their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them and they died before the Lord.

Prayer:  Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. 

Thought for the day: Firefighters can stop a fire with a backfire. 

Friday, November 11

Psalm 109: 17, 18 He love to pronounce a curse – may it come on him; he found no pleasure in blessing – may it be far from him.  He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil,

Prayer:  Lord God, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our heart be acceptable in your sight.

Thought for the day:  Positive affirmations that elevate the spirit of self and others are therapeutic.

Saturday, November 12

Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, to you we turn our hearts and souls for you have the words of life..

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “Can’t nobody do me like Jesus.”

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