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July 2018



Beware, Lest You Fall

from Your Faith



14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things (the things that come with the Day of the Lord), be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2Peter 3:14-18


Let’s take a look at something Peter said about peace.  In this passage he says to be diligent to be found in peace, without spot and blameless.  This reminds me of what he said in 1Peter.


10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 1For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

1Peter 3:10-12


In both passages, Peter speaks of peace and behavioral righteousness together.  I believe both passages are speaking about inner peace, because we can have inner peace regardless of whether or not our circumstances are peaceful.  In 1Peter we are told to seek this inner peace and pursue it.  Then in 2 Peter we are told to be diligent in our endeavors to obtain and keep this inner peace because our God wants to find us walking in this inner peace rather than perplexity, confusion, or tormented thinking.  He says our condition of being behaviorally righteous affects our prayers. 


Having and keeping inner peace is an indication of have been cleansed of our sinful spots and blemishes and being behaviorally righteous.  As I have said so often, this cleansing does not come when we are born-again.  It comes when we choose to let God cleanse us of our problems and cooperate with Him in the process.  Our inner peace grows, and we learn how to keep it during the cleansing and during the continuing trials in our life.  This is what Peter is talking about in the 2Peter passage.  In other words, diligence means it takes much time and effort to keep this inner peace. 


1You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2Peter 3:17-18


Verse 17 in our 2Peter passage addresses a concept called steadfastness.  Peter says we lost our peace when we fell from our being steadfast.  Steadfast in what?  Steadfast in our faith.  In other words, we lost our peace because we began to waver in our belief and trust of what God told us.  We began to doubt that God meant what He said, or we began to doubt that we had actually heard from God in the first place.  We were beginning to be led away by the error of the wicked Christians. 


Let me explain before you begin to say you are not a wicked person.  We tend to use the word wicked to only apply to non-Christians.  That is a cultural use of the word.  God does not use the word “wicked” this way.  The Bible uses wicked to mean the opposite of righteous.  If your behavior as a Christian is not according to what God says is right, it is wicked or wrong. 


So, according to God, there are many Christians who fall into the error of not remaining steadfast in believing and trusting what God has shown them.  In other words, Peter is talking to us about walking in faith.  Why?  Because the only thing that pleases God is your walking in faith.


But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6


Let me state this differently.  If we do not remain steadfast in our heart or continue to stand on what God has shown us, we have drawn back to perdition.


But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Hebrews 10:39


Perdition is translated from apolia; G622 which means ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal.  When we do not hold steadfast to what God has instructed to do, we lose our inner peace and are on the verge of falling into the error of Christians who do not walk by faith.  We are on the verge of losing, or rather not obtaining what we asked God for.  If we don’t get our peace back (saving of the soul) and reaffirm our belief and trust in what God told us, we will be no different than Christians who never receive anything from God.  Those Christians walk by sight, or by what they feel and see.  They don’t walk by faith.


For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2Corinthians 5:7


When fear attacks, faithless Christians immediately give up on what God showed or told them.  They then suffer the loss or ruin in their life that comes by not obeying God.  They don’t receive anything from God.


But, God says we who choose to walk by faith are not one of those Christians who draw back and experience faith failure when Satan attacks our mind with fear and unbelief.  No, we may flounder until we realize what’s happening, but as soon as we start thinking straight, we address the problem of losing our peace, and reaffirm our steadfastness to staying with what God told us. 

We may even have blown it and began speaking things against what we are believing God for. But remember what Peter said about Jesus – the longsuffering of our Lord is for salvation. 


and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…

2Peter 3:15


He is longsuffering toward us until we come to our senses and realize the devil threw a mind-numbing blow to what we believe and trust.  Then we can ask Him to forgive us, and he restores us to our inner peace and we pick up where we left off in our walk of faith.


Always remember, God is for you, not against you.  He wants you to complete your faith task and receive what He has for you.  Don’t give up when Satan comes at you and makes your head reel from a strong blow to your senses.  Don’t back off from what you believe God is making manifest for you.  Instead, realize the devil just confirmed for you that your desire is in the process of coming to pass.  He didn’t attack your faith for no reason.  He confirmed God is really doing what He promised you!      


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