Hello again, Father.
Thank you for making me flexible, joyous, and willing. Thank you for giving me a greater cause to fight for in this life, beyond the triviality of wealth or status. Thank you for giving me a mate and awesome children, all of whom have an appreciation for authenticity and artistry. Thank you for giving us peace and provision for our needs. Father, I lift my daughter up to you and ask that you bring her mate forth to cover her. And if it is not your timing for that, Lord, I ask that you teach all three of us how to live free and unhindered by what SEEMS to be the shackles of an old life. I desire to see those I love range FREE in heart and mind and spirit, Lord. This is my prayer. Amen.
2 Peter 2:6-22 ERV
God also punished the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He burned them until there was nothing left but ashes. He used those cities as an example of what will happen to people who are against God.
But he saved Lot, a good man who lived there. Lot was greatly troubled by the morally bad lives of those evil people.
This good man lived with those evil people every day, and his good heart was hurt by the evil things he saw and heard.
So you see that the Lord God knows how to save those who are devoted to him. He will save them when troubles come. And the Lord will hold evil people to punish them on the day of judgment.
That punishment is for those who are always doing the evil that their sinful selves want to do. It is for those who hate the Lord’s authority. These false teachers do whatever they want, and they are so proud of themselves. They are not afraid even to say bad things against the glorious ones.
The angels are much stronger and more powerful than these beings. But even the angels don’t accuse them and say bad things about them to the Lord.
But these false teachers speak evil against what they don’t understand. They are like animals that do things without really thinking—like wild animals that are born to be caught and killed. And, like wild animals, they will be destroyed.
They have made many people suffer. So they themselves will suffer. That is their pay for what they have done. They think it is fun to do evil where everyone can see them. They enjoy the evil things that please them. So they are like dirty spots and stains among you—they bring shame to you in the meals you eat together.
Every time they look at a woman, they want her. They are always sinning this way. And they lead weaker people into the trap of sin. They have taught themselves well to be greedy. They are under a curse.
These false teachers left the right way and went the wrong way. They followed the same way that the prophet Balaam went. He was the son of Beor, who loved being paid for doing wrong.
But a donkey told him that he was doing wrong. A donkey cannot talk, of course, but that donkey spoke with a man’s voice and stopped the prophet from acting so crazy.
These false teachers are like springs that have no water. They are like clouds that are blown by a storm. A place in the deepest darkness has been kept for them.
They boast with words that mean nothing. They lead people into the trap of sin. They find people who have just escaped from a wrong way of life and lead them back into sin. They do this by using the evil things people want to do in their human weakness.
These false teachers promise those people freedom, but they themselves are not free. They are slaves to a mind that has been ruined by sin. Yes, people are slaves to anything that controls them.
People can be made free from the evil in the world. They can be made free by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But if they go back into those evil things and are controlled by them, then it is worse for them than it was before.
Yes, it would be better for them to have never known the right way. That would be better than to know the right way and then to turn away from the holy teaching that was given to them.
What they did is like these true sayings: “A dog vomits and goes back to what it threw up.” And, “After a pig is washed, it goes back and rolls in the mud again.”
Lord, I thank you that you stopped up the ears of my heart when I was little, not allowing me to be indoctrinated by the false churches and evil people that took advantage of my tiny body and young mind. I thank you for protecting my spirit, as well as keeping my body alive. I thank you for showing me LOVE and the real power that you have so beautifully hidden within your Creation for all who would see and know you. I thank you that my children are more sick of hearing Nickelback from me, than having had religion shoved down their throat in such a deleterious way that is so morbidly common. I thank you that my children instead have the freedom to get to know you themselves, and I pray that you make yourself known to them, mighty Shepherd. Thank you. 😀