It’s easy to get sucked into the culture around you and to be swayed by voices that woo you into complacency. Before you know it, your slipping into old thought patterns and behaviours that you know are toxic. What can you do? Take God at His word. He knows how to rescue you.
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[00:00:00] Hi and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with Twist. If you’re wondering what the twist, is click on the arrow. It will lead you to a playlist and the very first video in that playlist will explain all of this.
[00:00:13] Today. We’re reading first, because I promised we would, from the NIV from the Bible promise box I received. However, I think the New International Version does not do a good job on this verse. Second Peter. Chapter 2 verse 9. “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials.” Yes, he does. However, there is more to it than what the NIV tells us.
[00:00:41] And the New American Standard Bible. Second Peter. Chapter 2, verse 9a. “Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.” Notice the NIV version leaves out the word ‘then’ and it also uses the word ‘trials’ while the New American Standard Bible uses the word ‘temptation.’ I looked up this verse in about eight translations and it seemed the majority of them uses words that would go along with the word temptation.
[00:01:18] Just to give you a little background, Peter is addressing false prophets and false teachers who have been trying to infiltrate and tempt and lead people away from the true gospel. But we’re going to be reading from verse 6 to verse 9 and using the New American Standard Bible.
[00:01:39] “If he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter. And if he rescued righteous Lot oppressed by the sexual conduct of unprincipled men, for by what he saw and heard, that righteous men while living amongst them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds. Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.”
[00:02:17] So, what is Peter saying. I believe that there’s two things. you notice it says, “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.” He knows what He’s doing. And it also harkens back to the story of Lot. One question that’s been in my mind ever since I’ve read the story of Lot. Why didn’t Lot leave Sodom and Gomorrah years before all of this happened? What made him stay there? Abraham tried to warn him in previous times as a wise uncle? “It’s time to get out of there. Get your family and leave.” And Lot wasn’t really listening too well.
[00:03:00] Whatever the case the situation was dire. God’s judgment was about to land on Sodom and Gomorrah was about to be wiped off the face of the earth. Lot had a decision to make. Lot had to trust God’s messengers when they said that there was a way out, but they had to leave, now!
[00:03:21] Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation such as Lot’s, not to the same extent as Lot, but you have been feeling tempted and pulled to embrace the culture that is going on around you.
[00:03:37] Perhaps the Lord spoke to you through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He wanted to address those issues in your life that are leading you to feel tempted to return to patterns who would pull you back into a lifestyle that you know is not healthy. The Lord knows what he’s doing. He never leads us into temptation. He leads us away from temptation so go where he’s leading.
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