9th February 2020

Stand Firm

“…Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 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…But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.”
2 Peter 1:20-2:1a (NIV UK)

Is coffee good for you? Depends on who you ask, and when you ask. I’m a coffee drinker and I’ve watched with interest as the dangers and/or benefits of coffee have changed over the years. One study might claim coffee stunts your growth or causes heart issues, while another study promotes coffee as a means of protection against Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer. What are you to believe?

Well, I’m not here to debate the benefits or dangers of coffee, I’m simply pointing out that in our day and age—with so much access to information and research—it is easy to get conflicting messages. And not just about food; we can also read conflicting messages about core Biblical beliefs that can mislead some and challenge the faith of others.

This is not a new problem. People have used lies and deceit to mount opposition against or twist the message of the Gospel since day one. The apostle Paul wrote encouraging letters to believers—especially to those in Galatia and Thessalonica—to help them remain faithful to the Gospel. The believers were being hit with ‘new information’ and false ideas about the coming and return of Jesus. Some were asserting that the day of the Lord had already come. Paul addressed this in his second letter to the church at Thessalonica when he said “we ask you, brothers and sisters…not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Paul encourages us later in the chapter to stand firm, and hold fast to Jesus Christ the anchor of our truth and faith. That is truth. So let this truth give you eternal encouragement and good hope.

Majestic Father, you are the Rock of Ages. We need your strength, Eternal, and we ask that you will aid us as we struggle to live the Christian life of love. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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