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The Lord Is Not Slack Concerning His Promise. 

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise. What has God Promised you? He is not slack, slothful or lazy concerning what He has Promised you. The Lord is not slack, slothful or lazy concerning what He is preparing for you. What has God Promised you? Surrender to Him. Focus on Him. His timing is perfect. He is faithful. 

You may have been waiting on a Promise to come to pass for some time. You may have been waiting on a Promise to come to full maturity. Don’t give up. Maybe God is maturing you. Maybe God is preparing the stage. Maybe God is preparing the platform. Choose not to faint. Choose not to worry. Choose to Worship Christ — He is fully able to deliver what He has Promised you. 

While you’re waiting. Don’t let your heart grow weary. While you’re waiting. Don’t let your heart grow bitter. Choose not to worship the Promise. Choose to worship God. Shift your focus and choose to worship God, the Giver of life — the Giver of gifts. Don’t turn your promise into an idol. Turn to Christ. 

2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭AMPC‬‬ declares, “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.” Who are you worshipping? What are you worshipping? Are you worshipping God or are you worshipping the promise? Choose to worship Christ over the promise. Don’t idolize the things of this world. 

Are you serving God or is your heart worshipping the temporary things of this world? Choose to Worship Christ and not the temporary things of this world. Choose not to magnify the things of this world over the True and Living King. Choose to serve Christ. 

Who do you serve? “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Have you exalted or magnified the temporary things of this world over the the True and Living God? 

Renounce every idol that you’ve exalted on the throne of your heart. Choose to surrender to God in every area of your life. Worship God and not the promise.


January 10
The Inability of the Law to Justify
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ . . . But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “The just shall live by faith.” (Gal_2:16 and Gal_3:11)
Our great initial need before God is to be justified, to have God Himself declare us not guilty, to have the Lord pronounce us righteous in His sight. At first glance this appears to be an impossible situation for man. God, our Judge, is holy. Man is innately unholy. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa_64:6).
The consequences of such ungodliness are inevitably universal and appropriately severe. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom_3:23). “For the wages of sin is death.” (Rom_6:23). The just sentence for all of humanity, in light of their sins against a pure and holy God, is death, everlasting separation from God.
The law of God offers no help and provides no hope of remedying this dire situation. People are “not justified by the works of the law.” Trying one’s best to measure up to the law never produces a verdict of not guilty. In all the history of humanity, not one person could ever perform sufficiently before God’s law to achieve a declaration of being righteous. “No one is justified by the law in the sight of God.”
Vows and pledges of personal improvement offer no hope. Asking others how to strive more earnestly provides no assistance. Only faith supplies the necessary remedy. “A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.” Trusting in our own best efforts leaves us guilty before God. Trusting in Christ’s perfect work on the cross leaves us justified before God. “The just shall live by faith.”
O Lord, my God, I praise You for Your glorious grace poured out upon me in justification. By Your grace alone You have declared me righteous in Your sight. I was totally guilty before Your holy law. I had no excuses and no hope of rescuing myself. Your law rightly condemned me, and I never could have reversed that verdict by my own performance. I trusted in Your Son, and You pronounced me just in Your sight. To You, my Lord, I give all honor, glory, adoration, and thanksgiving, through Christ Jesus, my Savior, Amen.

8 TSA Rules You Should Know

Everyone hates going through airport security. No one likes being held up because someone forgot to take off their shoes. Help make this process go faster by knowing the rules and regulations before you go. Chances are, you already know basic TSA regulations, so we’re going to focus on some lesser-known rules for air travel. You’ll look like a TSA pro after reading these tips.

Undeveloped Film Must Be Inspected

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Traditional film cameras have made a huge comeback and the perfect time to use one is while traveling. Many travelers have complained of their undeveloped film being ruined during the TSA screening process because officers either have to open it or put it through the X-ray machine. To avoid ruining your camera film, request a physical inspection of the film at the beginning of the screening process. Notify a nearby officer at the security checkpoint (before your bags go on the belt) and they can assist you.

Solid Foods Are Permitted in Carry-Ons

Heading home from vacation with your favorite cookies or a special snack? No problem. The TSA permits solid food in carry-on bags. The administration does state that any non-solid foods must be put in a sealed container and then into a quart-sized bag to follow the liquid requirements. The rules for food in carry-ons have relaxed over the years and now you can bring almost any type of non-perishable food with you. Some unique options from past travelers that are permitted on the plane, according to the TSA’s Twitter account, include gingerbread houses, pies, and casseroles. For details on amounts and restrictions, visit the food section on the TSA’s website.

Eating Utensils Are Permitted in Carry-Ons

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Thanks to the go green movement, many of us are opting for reusable eating utensils rather than plastic forks, knives, and spoons. Don’t worry about taking your travel-friendly utensils with you in your carry-on for hassle-free dining. The TSA permits round-bladed butter knives and forks on the plane. Staying eco-friendly during your flight has never been easier.

Medications and Prescriptions Are Allowed

Have you ever packed your medication and wondered if you needed to pack it in the original bottle? The TSA makes bringing medications easy. You can bring as much as you need in your checked or carry-on luggage as long as it goes through proper screening. For a liquid medication, separate it into a bottle of 3.4 ounces and notify an officer at the checkpoint of your liquid prescription. It’s important to note that some states have laws requiring prescription labels on medication, so check with your state before traveling.

Creams and Lotions Are Considered Liquids

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According to the TSA, anything that you can pour, pump, spread, squeeze, smear, spray, or spill is considered to be a liquid and must follow the 3.4 ounces or less rule. Remember this when purchasing souvenirs to take in your carry-on bag. This means that popular items like nut butter, sunscreen, face creams, and perfumes must be under 3.4 ounces even if they are factory-sealed and unopened. If you must travel with such an item, place it in a sealed bag in your checked luggage instead.

Expensive Jewelry Must Stay On

For travelers who like to dress up, we have good news. The TSA actually prefers you leave your diamonds and other expensive jewelry on at the security checkpoint. This prevents costly items from being stolen from the bin or lost during the screening process. Doing this will save the TSA some time and it will keep your valuables safe. If your jewelry item is exceptionally large or contains a lot of metal, you might be asked to take it off, but in most instances, you’ll be fine to wear it through.

You Can Bring Plants on the Plane

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If you’re a plant enthusiast or traveling with one as a gift, there’s no need to mail it and pay for shipping — the TSA permits plants on planes. As long as your plant fits neatly into the overhead bin or underneath your seat, you can fly with it. So yes, you can buy that adorable cactus at the airport gift shop in Arizona. However, before you fly, check your state regulations to make sure you aren’t bringing a prohibited plant across state borders. There can occasionally be restrictions due to specific insects or plant diseases.

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Drones are popular for frequent travelers who want aerial photos and videos of their latest adventure. The good news is that the TSA does allow drones to pass through security screenings. However, it’s essential to check with your airline before bringing your drone on board. Some airlines do not allow drones on their planes even though the TSA allows them through the security. Visit Dronethusiast for detailed explanations of major airlines’ drone policies.

A culture enthusiast and an advocate for environmental awareness, Rachel is a freelance travel writer based out of Jacksonville, Florida.

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