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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For June

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

2 Peter 1:1-21 KJV
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Why are you convicted of a need of salvation and that Jesus is the Messiah? We all have a different beginning point of faith. Is our beginning point a part of our testimony. For me knowing the verse Christ died for me was a beginning point for me. Then to know the verse John 3:16. I was only a child, early conviction takes little when you trust people around you to tell you the truth. Yet faith must be deeper then your human teachers. It has to be on a spiritual plane of conviction from experiencing God. Was it God just speaking to your heart and you knew that was real. It can be as simple as that to bring conviction and repentance. Yet it can be something more as far as experience. Some children raised in church can say Christ was declared Lord and so I believed or was told by parent. Our knowledge of Christ at early age is based on declaration especially if it was before we ourselves were able to read good. Yet conviction comes to each person through knowledge of sin in our life and a need of a Savior.

Peter's own conviction came not by way of knowledge of his teacher, but the conviction of God's declaration of Jesus at the Jordan river when Christ came up and out of the water after being Baptised. God declared before the crowd of witnesses this is my Son whom I am well pleased. Peter's conviction at the baptism was enough to convict Peter's heart that Jesus was the Messiah. His witness to his heart was that God the Father speaking as the Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Jesus. HIs conviction began at the begining of Christ ministry. Peter begining was from experiencing the power of the verbal communication of God to mankind. I be honest in the last 15 years I experienced things not of God and those things of God. Somethings easily seen as of God and other things that were questionable. When people try and prove God by their own device and magic that not of God. God has to convict the sinner heart. I do not know if Peter was baptized by water at the Jordan river but most like he was there like others to receive forgiveness of sin, or perhaps he had been fishing in a boat close to the baptism or cleaning his nets. Bible does tell us that Peter was a fisherman. However it is known the point of conviction was through a sign and wonder of heaven for Peter. Jesus would tell him later to follow Him. Peter would follow leaving his fishing nets behind. Jesus would declare to Peter that His church would built on the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Upon salvation we are no longer have to worry about past sin. Our sin has been forgiven and forgotten. It is no longer the thing holding us back. We must then press on in faith in the knowledge and understanding of God's grace. To follow after the virtues of faith and truth of the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. To put away our sin, and to follow after Christ. It is easier said then done. The next day the temptation of sin will be at one's door. Yet it is a door one can resist through following after Christ. If it means put aside our own wants and desires to do so then we must, and yet this might take time to learn to do. Our conviction of who Christ is must come first in order to put aside the things that we desire and want to do. We must examine our faith and ask Lord where did my faith begin, why am I convicted. I hope it is more then just a person declaring you truth. I hope it is where God convicted your heart. For young children the beginning point of faith is harder to define sometimes, but for Peter it was life altering experience through manfestation of the presents of God speaking to the witnesses. For John the Baptist the testimony of God of Jesus at the baptism was not enough, he would die by being beheaded. He would send disciples to Jesus asking if he was the Messiah or was there another one to come. Each of us have a different beginning point of faith. Maybe faith began with answer of prayer, or conviction of sin and desiring a way to get rid of sin. For me it was the conviction of the Holy Spirit by certain verses that were continually brought to my young mind. Not through memorization, but mediating on those words. In other words those words of scripture spoke to my heart.

The foundation of the church would be built on the testimony of Peter. On the testimony of where Christ ministry began. It would be built on knowledge of who Christ is. Peter would testify of who Jesus was as well as events that occured during his walk with Christ, even his own denial of Christ would be mentioned. Peter would testify of things of Jesus. The church would be built on the power and testimony of the Holy Spirit. God must build the church, otherwise it is a building built by man, by the power of man. Organizations that does the work of God without the power of God is only organization without faith. If it is not built on the power of God it lacks the power and knowledge of God. Business form groups that are not of Christ but often do relgious cermonies based on the time period it began. At one time the church was the center of the community, it is no longer necessarily the center of the community. Many religions have taken over our society, joining together not based on Christ but on the common ground of one God. Our society is changing not to based on any God. No base of faith but based on love only. Love has its own merit but without God it is only a counterfeit of God's love that is not even necessarily real love. When society changes the foundation of which society was built on, can it stand. If I move a trailor down the road and place on another foundation will it stand. Perhaps for a time it will stand. Otherwise it is on sinking sand. Individually we first must be built on the solid Rock(Jesus). Then our society can be built on Jesus if we are unison to this. Only can a church be built if in unison of who the Messiah is. Our nation is loosing it's foundation, because it's desire are turned away from God. As long as our nation is turned away, our protection on our nation is at risk. Yet God does allow powers to rise up that are good for people. Yet even so powers can fall because of refusal to recognize God. God wants to move across our land and convict the heart of man once more, He see the believers in the land. He sees their conviction of faith, but is enough to convict the next generation of the need of Christ. Need of Christ in power in our nation. Each generation must take a stand. Each generation must make a decision. It is both individually and corporately. There always will be opposition on both sides of the spectrum. That why our nation is neutral on issues of faith. That why it must start not with Bible bashing, but with teaching and demonstrating our faith and our conviction. That why we need to follow after Christ after salvation. Need to press on for Jesus, and grow in His knowledge. Turning away from sin and pressing on. Sometimes it easier said then done, but upon salvation your sins are forgiven. You are set free in Christ. No longer having to live in sin, it is a choice to continue in disobedience.or obedience. Hopefully you choose to follow. For even the devil believes and trembles and his belief gets him a life sentence in hell.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to strive to live for you building on the conviction and testimony of the Holy Spirit of who Christ is. Let us not forget our foundation of faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Matthew 16:13-19 KJV
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


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