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His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  2 Peter 1:3-4

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for our lives and our path to godliness.  When we take a hold of this we are fully supplied, in other words.  The Christian life isn’t about just accepting a bunch of doctrinal creeds that we nod our heads in agreement to.  It is a power to be experienced and a divine power that saves us and changes us.  In 1 Corinthians 4:20 Paul wrote, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.”  And in Ephesians 1:19-20 he prayed that we would know this power in our lives, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead.

What we need to get through this life and to be godly comes from relying on God’s divine power, not our own striving.  According to Peter, this power comes through the knowledge of God.  That is, the more we get to know God, the more we are able to access this power.  Some people want more of God’s power so they can heal others or do big things for God.  But here it implicates that we get more of God’s power so we can be godly and have what we need for this life.

As we get more godly and get life figured out, it isn’t so that we become great somehow, but it is for God’s own glory and excellence.  We become like John the Baptist, who got people ready for Jesus, introduced them to Him, and then got out of the way.  He didn’t look for his own glory or legacy, only that which would point to Jesus.  The more we walk in this divine power, the more humble we become.  The less credit we get and the more Jesus gets.  And it’s okay.

Peter indicates that our knowledge of God’s divine power comes through grabbing onto His precious and very great promises.  We get to know God’s character through actually doing something because we believe in those promises.  Maybe that’s where we move from less talk and more action.  If we believe the promise of James 1 that if we lack wisdom we can ask for it, then we will ask for wisdom and actually expect an answer.  If we believe the promise of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” then we will actually do the things that God has put on our hearts to do–without fear or hesitation.

When we grow in the knowledge of God and put that knowledge into action, we become more like God and less like our flesh driven self.  That’s what it means to partake in the divine nature.  In other words, we are changed to wanting more of God and less of ourselves.  This will lead us away from the corruption of the world and from our sinful desires.  

I want more of God’s power.  It is easier to talk about what God can do than to actually get out and do something He is prompting me to do.  Right now I am trusting God, along with a small group of people, to establish a halfway house for women once they get out of jail or prison.  It is so difficult to continue walking with Jesus if women go back into their old environment, or if they really don’t have a place to go.

We are believing that God is in this, and now it is time to take action.  We have looked at three different houses, but none of them seem to be ‘the one.’  We are also trusting God for a supervisor to live there, that could hold them accountable to a different way of life and to keep them safe from old ties.  This involves both a larger money and time commitment on our parts, and it is scary.  We are standing on promises such as the ones in Isaiah 58 that talk about spending ourselves on the poor and the oppressed,  the hungry and the afflicted, and then we will see our light rise in darkness and  healing break forth like the noonday light.

God, may we grow in accessing this power through getting to know You better.  May we take a promise a day to stand on and then to actually do something that requires faith in You and power from You.  May we grow to be more like You and less selfish and small minded, and to put away the sinful desires that wage war against our souls.  I can’t wait to see what You will do for the glory of Your great and excellent name!


What’s Faith Got to do With It?

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No distrust made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised.  Romans 4:20-21

In Romans, Paul was writing about faith and grace.  In Romans 1:17 Paul wrote, “The righteous shall live by faith.”  The gift of righteousness and the promises of God are “by faith so that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants,” as Romans 4:16 tells us.  Faith is God’s way of crediting His righteousness to us.  If it is by faith, then we can’t boast.  We can’t reach God by following the law, or a set of rules, because we all fail.  And faith works by grace to guarantee us God’s promises.

In Abraham’s case, God promised that through Him all of the families of the earth would be blessed.  There were a couple of problems: his wife was barren and they were old.  God’s promise to make him the father of nations rode on his wife bearing a child.  In God delivering on this promise and Abraham trusting in it by faith we have an example of how this is exactly what we base our lives on.  We have the promises of new life because of our hearts being washed clean by Jesus’ blood, of eternal life, and of life only making sense by looking at the world through God’s eyes.

This is a God that we cannot see, calling us to trust in things that we can’t always see.  That is the saving faith that we live by.  And when we stand in this saving faith and operate in it for our daily affairs, it gives glory to God.  The aim of all things is to display the glory of God. Romans 11:36 calls out,  “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”  

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  You cannot please God if you lack faith on a regular basis, taking things into your own hands because you don’t have the confidence that He really hears and will answer on your behalf.  Maybe you don’t know the promises of God or the character of God.  It’s time to change that.  Learn His promises, read and study the Bible and pray with the goal of getting to know what God is like and what He thinks of you.  And then get out there and put your faith into action, doing things that can only succeed if God is in them.  It is then that you learn what God’s character is really like.

Make it a resolution to grow strong in your faith, and in doing so, giving glory to God and making His name great in your life.  Stand strong in your faith in the character of God and in His promises because He is able to do all that He promises.  He is able.