Some people mock me because of my Faith in Christ, and that’s O.K… i will love you anyway 🙂 I study His Word diligently, because I have faced death (and I did not like it at all), and have literally been healed, and felt His Spirit in me while I was healed. It is something that you can never forget, even if you want to. 🙂
I usually work night and day, but sometimes when I am stuck on something I will peruse His word to clear my mind, and tonight I stumbled upon 2 Peter 1:4:
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The above can be a little confusing. “Through these” means God’s Glory, and our Salvation through Jesus Christ. When Christ came in his first form, God made promises of a new Messianic age to be established at Christ’s return. This is important, because of His gift, and His promises (there are several thousand in the Bible), we are enabled, or perhaps Bestowed would be a better word, with the ability to participate in His Divine Nature. This idea is expressed in other areas, such as Romans 8:15-17 where ‘The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.’
This is something that is often overlooked, because not only has the amount of Christians going to church weekly decreased dramatically in recent years, those who do attend a church do not study His word, or integrate Him into their lives as fully as they should.
2 Peter addresses this idea even in Bible times, through further explanation that Sanctification is a work of God that we must cooperate in. Yes, it is true that by faith alone we are saved through Grace, but saving faith does not continue of its own accord. So here Peter lists eight virtues, starting with Faith, and ending in Love.
2 Peter 1:5-11
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Something we must remember, is that when we pray, we need not tell God all of our problems. He knows them before we complain. Over the years I’ve heard people say “I went to church a few weeks ago and prayed for something, it didn’t happen, so i didn’t go back.” We must remember, Jesus Himself said we should think of God as our Heavenly Father. If we have children, what would we do to give them the desires of their hearts? Anything right? If you are the Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Universe who flung stars into space on a whim, if He thinks of Us as His children, how deep would His love and desire be to fulfill our wishes? If the deepest desires of our hearts are not fulfilled, is it likely the problem of God, or could it be us, that is blocking God from fulfilling our wishes?
Think of God daily, Praise him daily, in each and everything that you do. When you pray, don’t complain, he already knows what is wrong. Thank Him for your life, I know I do 🙂