2 Peter 1
3 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, 4 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.
Throughout my life as a follower of Jesus Christ, an adopted son into His family, one whose sin was washed by the Father in the blood of the Son, I have found the Word of God, Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, sufficient for my life and eternity. Many self-help books have come and gone during my life but I could always go to God’s word for the wisdom and guidance that I needed. This is what Peter is teaching us here.
God, by His divine power and trough His knowledge has given us His precious and very great promises in His holy Word, the Bible. These precious and very great promises are all that we need for life present, life eternal, and godly living. Some people live to read the next book that comes out; as followers of Christ we must fill ourselves with God’s words. There are books that help us understand God’s word, those always have value. But before you give a book too much time check out how many biblical references are in it. If it is just the author’s opinion on life it does not have much authority.
If we want to understand God’s divine nature and grow into greater godliness and Christ-likeness, we will find how to do that in the Bible. It is God’s words that have caused us to escape the corruption that is in this world with all of its sinful desires. Spend time in the Bible. Pray as you read it. Ask God to teach you about life from its pages. Fill yourself with heavenly wisdom. As you do this you will be able to discern truth from error, right from wrong, and be filled with God’s joy regardless of what is happening around you. I know our world is a mess, but I have also read the last chapter and I know who wins in the end. You will be more secure, less anxious, and a stronger light for God as you fill yourself more and more with His very great and precious promises.
Satan is attacking us all the time. The world encroaches upon us with its pressures and desires. Our own flesh often screams with selfish lusts and passions. Our children have the same attacks. Join me in prayer every day for the children and teenagers of our church. We see our children as the next generation of church members and leaders. In order for them to rise to this they must become redeemed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowledge of God is not enough. Pray for our kids to come under conviction of sin, a realization of Christ’s work on their behalf, and in humility and faith to become life-long followers of Him.
Tomorrow night we will be having a youth activity at my house. “Pastor’s Place” used to be a monthly event and we are re-establishing it. Bring your junior high and high schoolers over around 6:00 and pick them up around 9:00. We eat the food they bring so have them bring either pop or chips or cookies.
Have a great day in the Lord,