Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/11

This week’s scriptures are from 2 Peter and James:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world…”      (2 Peter 1:3-4)

… and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”    (James 1:27b)

At times the corruption and pollution in our world feels like it leaves us tainted or stained simply because it is all around us. Like mud on a rainy day, we cannot avoid it. We cannot open a newspaper or turn on the internet without seeing reports of filth, degradation, perversion, and wanton sin paraded before us. Just being exposed to it makes one feel unclean. Thank God that Jesus’ blood cleanses us of all iniquity and unrighteousness. Thank God that Jesus shed His blood that we might “escape the corruption in the world” that threatens to consume us. Praise Him for his divine power and His promises that we can be free, free in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank God that He sent His incorruptible Son.

May the Lord of Glory place a hedge of protection around you, and bless you and keep you.

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