"His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness."
2 Peter 1:3 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: This blows my mind!!! Not only does God accept us where we are, but as we continue to pursue Him, we are provided everything we need for life and right living. There are a few things here that bear pointing out. (And this may step on some denominational toes.) If God has given us everything we need to live lives of holiness/godliness, then is it possible to live a life without sin? (Our Nazarene friends would answer, yes.) But living a life of holiness and godliness would have NOTHING to do with our own desires or passions. We would choose to live our lives completely surrendered to God. I mean, between his two letters, Peter tells us, among many other amazing things, that we are a people that are set apart for God’s glory. How better for God to glorify Himself by forming and shaping us into His image through constant, devoted relationship with Him. Another thing that comes to mind is that by studying His word and being in prayer, we already have all we need. Our Father doesn’t wait to give us the biggest blessing of our lives until we have "earned" it or been in relationship with Him for a while. He knows that those who dedicate themselves to transforming their minds (and hearts) through the study of His word, the metamorphosis will happen in and through us…that is, if we choose to do so. The point that is read between the lines is that without His divine power, we are limited as to what we can do. This is the part of "free will" where we have to make a decision. We must choose one way or the other. Will God love you either way? Absolutely. But choosing to chase after the Father is so much more rewarding.
Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for loving us with this must hope-filled grace. I thank You for allowing us to choose You and to accept the love You have for us. I pray that we would live lives completely surrendered to Your heart and purpose for us. May You search our hearts and show us those things that stand in the way of fully living lives of holiness. I love You, Papa. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…