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July 7

Holy living is doable
2Chronicles 31-33/2Peter

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OT

33:12-13 But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the LORD his God and cried out humbly to the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the LORD listened to him and was moved by his request for help. So the LORD let Manasseh return to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Manasseh had finally realized that the LORD alone is God!

NT

1:3-9 As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a Godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.

3:14-15 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to live a pure and blameless life. And be at peace with God. And remember, the Lord is waiting so that people have time to be saved. This is just as our beloved brother Paul wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him.


OT Flash Points

Hezekiah – great king – not without fault
Manasseh – evil but repented
Amon – evil – assassinated

NT Flash Points

Holy living is doable
God promised & will deliver if we “add” & practice
There are false prophets among us but their destruction is on the way
God is graciously giving more time for us to believe but the day of judgment is coming


Perspective

All noble things are difficult – gloriously difficult
God is bringing many sons to glory with the full responsibilities of a Son
Heroes of faith

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