A Life Plan
Have you been looking for a life plan that brings peace and satisfaction? God has given us a life plan and He has given us everything we need to carry it out. Let’s take a look at the “Everything Life Plan” that He has given us.
2 Peter 1:3-4
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these, He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The Word of God is rich with verses that can change us and make us more like Christ. He does not waste space or mince words. I do not claim to have studied and understood them all, by any means! However, of the passages that I have spent some time studying and soaking up, this is one of my very favorites! I love that it lays out a life plan for us to walk more and more closely with God. Today we will talk about verses 3 and 4, and we will actually spend the rest of the week looking at verses 5 through 11.
When God really helped me to understand these two verses in 2 Peter, I was amazed.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness… “
First of all, we can see that it is by His divine power. As we look at these verses over the next few days we must make no mistake in thinking that we somehow generate in ourselves anything that moves us toward God and living a godly life. As believers, it is in us though,
He has given you and me what we need to live obedient, abundant, godly lives! I still have some trouble grasping that, but what an awesome truth! It is already in us! He has given us(past tense) everything we need! This is exciting and we are not even to the end of the first sentence yet!
Knowledge is Power
“Knowledge is Power” is not one of my mantras. But, the knowledge of God releases His power in our lives for Him to do great things through us!
“…through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
As we know Him better we are more able to see how to have life and godliness.
Now, think about the last phrase of the sentence: He called us out of His own glory and goodness. Because of who He is He brought us to Himself. God just loved us and wanted us to have this life, this relationship with Him so He made a way.
God Almighty called us and brought us to Himself, gave us the power to understand and get to know HIM and the power to live a life of obedience and blessing. Does that rock your world??? His tender, gracious goodness toward us is just unfathomable! And we get so caught up in trivial things, don’t we?
And There is So Much More
“Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises… “
He gave us very great and precious promises just out of His glory and His goodness – just out of who He is. God did not owe us anything, but He gave us everything. He could have died for us, saved us, worked forgiveness for us, given us eternal life and then left us to flounder in our filth and frustration until we died. But instead, He wants each of us to live a full beautiful life for His glory. He knows exactly what we need.
Everything to Participate
“…so that through them you may participate in the divine nature… “
Did you catch that? Participate in the divine nature? What?!
Through these awesome promises, we can participate in God’s nature. We get to be more like Him. Oh, to be like Jesus! That is to glorify Him! (Please bear with all my exclamation points, but are you getting excited too?)
Everything to Escape
“…and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The more desire we have for God the less desire we will have for the things of this world – we cannot be moving toward God and toward the corrupt world at the same time. If we are desiring God and participating in His nature, we will escape corruption.
Peter sure can give you a brain full in a couple of verses but just wait! Peter has a lot more to say to us this week. I encourage you to read 2 Peter 1:3-11 today and just begin thinking about what it means to participate in God’s divine nature.
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