2 Peter 1:3-4
3His 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. 4Through 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.
I also see that God is already providing us with everything we need for our lives and for godliness. It is important that we go after the word to gain the knowledge that we need. God already has the knowledge and he knows how to use it.
We have to be pro-active and do what we can to gain the knowledge of the word for ourselves. It is the knowledge that we have about God’s glory and goodness that will set us free from bondage and give us the ability to escape the corruption that this world offers so freely.
Ask yourself: What you are thinking about?
What is always on my mind?
2 Peter 1:5-11
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For 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. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
See in vs. 5, we are told to make every effort to add to our faith. Because Faith alone is not going to sustain you through evil desires, bondage and storms in your life. We need to have a willingness to go beyond knowing there is a God, we need to know who He is, His glory and goodness. We need to discover who we are in Christ, so that the enemy has no way of keeping us in bondage. The Israelites believed there was a God, yet they were still in bondage for 400 years.
Vs. 8 If we posses these qualities in INCREASING measure, meaning we will have to keep growing, increasing, stretching, we have to keep persevering to be effective and productive in our knowledge of Jesus Christ. Go to church, go to bible study, find a quiet place to read your bible and spend time talking to God, be around people who encourage you in the word.
Don’t forget that you were called into his divine purpose, or you wouldn’t be sitting here reading the word today.
Vs. 9 you have been cleansed from your pass sins, don’t forget that you posses all of those qualities and can increase them and exercise them to set you free.
vs.10 be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. That is a powerful statement! You are responsible for your determination to possess all of the qualities you need to add to your faith. Faith alone will not get you there. Even though you may not have the qualities you need all at the same time, all the time, make it your mission to have them all, at any given time while you are still here on Earth and you can. You need to secure your calling and your election into the kingdom of God; no one else can do it for you. Do not blame anyone else for what you do and don’t do; only you are responsible for your actions.
Your actions do not just affect you but everyone you are responsible for, whether they are your biological or spiritual children, friends or family.
2 Samuel 21:15-22
Wars Against the Philistines
15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”
There is always a battle that needs to be fought with the enemy. We have to be willing to fight the battles that lie ahead of us so that those that are coming behind us can win their battles against the enemy. When you fight for your fruit, they will fight for you and for the fruit that they produce. When you are exhausted, they will be there to take the enemy down so that you don’t have to fight by yourself.
Vs 18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.(Golliath) 19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite,(brother of Goliath) who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod. 20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him. 22 *These four* were descendants of Rapha(Goliath) in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.
When you fight the battles, the enemy comes to all your future generations with more attacks and more consistently. You need to make decisions that will give your fruit the right equipment to take the enemy down and kill them in battle. David understood his enemy and had complete faith and trust in God, therefore he trained and raised men that understood their enemy and had complete faith and trust in God.
2 Samuel 22:2-4 (David’s Song)
2He said: The Lord is my Rock [of escape from Saul] and my Fortress [in the wilderness] and my Deliverer;(A)
3My God, my Rock, in Him will I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my salvation; my Stronghold and my Refuge, my Savior–You save me from violence.(B)
4I call on the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
What is your take away?