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July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

"More Time to Repent"

“The Lord isn’t being slow about His promise to return, as some people think.  No, He is being patient for your sake.  He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent.”  2 Peter 3: 9 NLT

Christians believe that history is moving towards a climax.  In answer to the question, “Why doesn’t God make it happen now?”  Peter has an explanation?  He is demonstrating His grace so that all might be saved.

There are some people who think God’s slow on the uptake.  They figure they can just ignore the consequences of their actions because God’s never going to get around to bringing judgment.  They're wrong and I can tell you why.

The reason God puts up with all the grief that He sees on this planet is because He’s patient.  That patience means He’s waiting for you and me to step across the line and start a relationship with Him.

When somebody says to you, “I can’t believe in a God who would stand by and watch people suffer,” don't try to argue with them.  Instead, here’s what you can say:  “I don’t believe in that kind of a God either.  God doesn’t want people to hurt.

In fact, you have no idea how much it hurts Him to see all the sin on earth.  He’s watching what we do to creation and how we trash it.”  I believe in a God who one day is going to stop evil dead.

There‘s going to be an accounting.  One day, He’s going to judge all evil.  When He does that He’s going to bring those in His family to live with Him forever in a perfect place.

If you don’t believe in Jesus, and you’re reading this devotion, I believe you received it because God wanted you to have this message.  Jesus says in John 10: 10 says Jesus wants us to have full and abundant life, but we will only find that by following Him.

If you don’t know Him and you want to, reply to this e-mail and we can talk.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don