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Sending Of Destruction

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

2 Peter 2:4-10 KJV
(4) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
(5) And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
(6) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
(7) And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(8) (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
(9) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
(10) But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

God spares the righteous as in the days of Noah; God spared eight people from being killed by the flood. Only eight, survived and the descendants came from three couples, the children of Noah and their wives. All spread across this world carrying the story of destruction around the globe to those that hear and believe do testify to the truth of it. Yet those that did not believe fear neither God nor his ways. Did not understand Godís judgment for they ignore the truth of God. God people have always walked among the heathen like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. God spared Lot and his two daughters, but not the girlsí boyfriends, or Lotís wife. Sin came to Lotís family even after being saved, and so did sin come to Noah family even after being saved from destruction.

The other day I seen where a friend claimed to be stuck in a situation that she could not remove herself from. I thought to myself you only stuck physically; your choice to be stuck spiritually is based on the decisions you make today. How many people make foolish choices of joining a groups only to find that at some point they do not agree and can not remove themselves from those groups so easily. Lot was stuck where he lived, it was where he worked, and yet God moved him. Grabbing him by the shoulder and his children and propelling them out of the city by force. Lot would have remained if it had not been for the stranger convicting him of the need to leave.

In Bible times destruction was a symbol of the final destruction of God and the fiery furnace of eternal judgment. The image of flood and Sodom and Gomorrah, one man have deep faith and warning to prepare and another man with no preparation but the protection of God. Rahab had time to protect her family and friends that believed her because she helped the spies. Take note the color of the string on the door a symbol of blood protected. Death angel of war and destruction came to Rahabís village, but not to her and her people who were behind the scarlet string door. Rahab was in the city on the day of destruction. Lot was pulled from his. Noah rest on dry land until the rain began to pour and God moved him into the sea until he reached the shore of Mount Ararat. Something to think about do you want to be Rahab with only the hope of protection was faith from the believers you met. Rahab still new to faith, yet only believe the stories. Her knowledge of God based on things she heard. Lotís faith was based on experience of protection. The first time was against a group that had kidnapped him. Lot taken by the enemy once and then taken by the hand of God to safety. God demonstrates his power through destructive forces. He uses it to destroy evil.

Knowing this what can we say good about New Orleans was that God had people there, and yet the city was known for sinfulness. Yet it is easier to blame the man indecision of fixing the dam, above New Orleans, getting to full from natureís fury. Not giving credit to Godís judgment is just as evil. Did those things that went wrong right and was the things right wrong? One must be clear that Godís power to destroy is clear to every believer that prays and been like Rahab or Lot. Christís finally returns to take his people home, he will be removing his children from destruction of Godís fury, yet there be those left behind that will believe because of his coming. It is those that believe that are left behind that walk through fire or judgment and not be destroyed. Yet to wait until that time to believe, only means perhaps you will never believe upon seeing, for God can blind your heart and mind even on the day of judgment to where you choice is no more.

Decision time is before destruction before Jesus comes. It is before your death for you do not know when a wreck, or storm may come to take you out of this world. If what you are waiting for is to behold Jesus is to believe, you could lose your own soul. Where you are when judgment comes is up to you. Rahab only had a little time to rescue her people. Noah tried for hundred years. Lot time to teach the people was over; he had to leave the city. Something to think on where are you right now regarding your faith? The decision is yours.

Dear Heavenly Father you are the God of hope in times of storms. Where we are standing in faith is only testimony of divine protection, or our time to go. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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