11/30/2004

RESCUE ME

So I haven’t been blogging much lately, and it’s not because I don’t have anything to say. Believe me!! I have plenty to say!!

Like….How ‘bout them Packers!!!?? 45 – 17 over the Rams last night.

Also, I ran into a very interesting small verse this morning. “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation”. 2 Peter 2:9a NASB

Yes, I know. I have taken that verse completely out of its context. In this case, however, I would have to include the entire chapter to include the context, and since this is the second part to an if - then statement, suffice it to say if the Lord knows how to do all THAT, then He knows how to rescue the godly from our temptations.

Think about that verse for just a moment. How awesome does that make you feel? How much hope do you find in that little, itty bitty part of a verse? I find a mountain full of hope, and I find myself going over this verse in my mind, wondering how I never pinpointed this verse before?

We all have temptations. No one denies this. But do we all KNOW God rescues us from those temptations? Well, yeah, I guess so……………..

But how? And if so, why am I still sinning? What’s wrong with me? Why won’t God rescue ME? Have you ever thought that? So have I.

But the hope is this; if God can rescue me, and if I believe it, and if I ask God to rescue me, with each temptation, will He? Is this a promise? Or is this just a broad "possibly, maybe, but not likely" verse?

I want to know. So I am going to depend upon my Father to rescue me. I will not seek out temptation, but when I recognize it, I am going to depend on Him, and we’ll see what happens. Yes, I know…..that statement I just made doesn’t sound like I have a whole lot of faith in that verse, does it? Well, I am miles farther in faith today than I was yesterday, because yesterday, that verse had never jumped out at me.

6 comments:

Technidiva said...

Hi Tom,

That verse corresponds with 1cor 10:13 which tells us that with each temptation that comes our way, God will provide a way out. So the "Rescue" in 2Peter2:9a will be provided.. we just have to acknowledge is and accept it!

1cor 10:13 saved me alot of times when I was a new believer dealing with all the temptations thrown at me!

1 Corinthians 10
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Technidiva said...

Hi Tom,

That verse corresponds with 1cor 10:13 which tells us that with each temptation that comes our way, God will provide a way out. So the "Rescue" in 2Peter2:9a will be provided.. we just have to acknowledge is and accept it!

1cor 10:13 saved me alot of times when I was a new believer dealing with all the temptations thrown at me!

1 Corinthians 10
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

His,
Trish

Reid Bradley said...

Tom, lets be honest here... i think you need to pick a different team rather than the packers... I know you are from the National Cheese State but that by no means says that you have to be a packer fan. I abandoned the Vikings for the Jets... Maybe you should think about becoming a Chad Pennington fan before the depression sets in when Favre retires? Just looking out for you, friend. haha

Tom Reindl said...

Reid, I can truly understand why you would abandon the Vkings. I mean, after all, they have done nothing but disappoint their fans for what, forty-five years?

The Packers, on the other hand, can at least say they've won a Super Bowl in the last ten. Nevertheless, Brett Favre will retire one day. Until that time, we here in Green Bay are working on a series of clones to take up the slack.

I must admit, it does get tiresome listening to Al Michaels and John Madden blabber constantly about him.

Chad Pennington? Does he still play? He reminds me a lot of Vinny Testaverde, ha ha :)

Sharon34 said...

Hi Tom,
Greetings from someone new to your blog!!

Isn't it wonderful when a verse we might have read before but never noticied suddenly strikes a chord in our heart!! I love that!!

Funny thing about Gods word and its application to our life.. is it is not our trusting in it that makes us believe and have faith.. it is simply us believing in our God who wrote it!! Even saying it over and over as you are doing is enough for God to start working it into our lives.. Being obedient and following Him... are key elements to our lives.. the less we do.. the more God does!! I like this verse.. to fear God and to respect Him... opens the door to much wisdom!!

Proverbs 9:10
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Have a great day.. or night!!
From a sister in Christ Sharon

Tom Reindl said...

Ah, now you're talking, Sharon. Proverbs is one of my favorite books. Welcome here. I am glad to meet you. Take care in Christ.