This summer I have been working on memorizing the verse from 2 Peter that I claimed for my book Promises for Dynamic Living. The more I have meditated on this verse the deeper my appreciation has become for Christ and what He has given us through faith in Him. Take a close look at this verse.
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 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. 2 Peter 1:3-4
First, Jesus promises He has given us everything, absolutely everything we need for a godly life because we know Him. The promises He has included in His Word should be extremely precious to us as the promises help us to be one in the Spirit with Him and live a life that is above the corruption of this world that is motivated by evil. I find this simple truth encouraging. Satan wants us to believe there are things missing from our lives that only the world can provide. Christ says, “NO!!”, I have given you everything you need. Satan wants us to believe that the world is fulfilling and will lead to a good life. Christ says, “NO!!”, the way of the world leads to destruction and away from godly living.
So what exactly has Jesus provided for us in His promises? As you study the scriptures, you find that we are promised many things- comfort, love, salvation, hope, peace, joy, understanding of godly things, fellowship with God the Father and Son, infilling of the Holy Spirit, eternal life….. the list goes on. Each of these are promised by our faithful loving God. Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God and His truth is unchanging from the creation of everything until now-God does not change and will not change. We can count on this. So all the things God promises in His Word from the beginning are still true and unchanging. Hebrew 6:17-18 further confirms God’s mind for us. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
How can the truths of 2 Peter 1:3-4 effect our lives? If we take Jesus at His Word and believe in His great and precious promises, we will live abundant lives that are filled with His Spirit. He wants us to lead godly lives. Take the challenge today and look into His Word- seek His precious promises and then claim them in your life. Need help finding promises? Get a copy of my book Promises for Dynamic Living– there you will find 70 different promises written in God’s Word just for you to enrich and lead you towards greater godliness in Christ.
Loving His Promises,