Saturday, July 10, 2010

Precious Promises

It is not secret that 2 Peter 1:3 is my current focus verse..I love the promises there. I have been reading the verses immediately afterward as well, and I am loving that the the promises keep coming!

 "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. 

 5For this very reason, (to participate in the divine nature and escape corruption) 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."   2 Peter 1:3-11 (NIV)

Very great and precious promises, indeed!

I looked at this same section of scripture in the New Living Translation as well ...

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises... 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

I know that I am not alone in that desire to feel like I have accomplished something at the end of the day, or when I feel like I am getting older. I desire to be productive and useful!  So much of my stress happens when I dont feel that way.  God must know me pretty well to know how that promise would comfort me :)

I am (almost) speechless with appreciation that God promises so clearly to provide us with the tools and resources that we need to accomplish what we need to receive a "a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  vs. 11

It is because of that appreciation, that I want so much to make sure that I am using my "everything you need" as He intended it. I want to be productive and useful to Him! I want to receive a rich welcome!

Thank you, Kelly for giving me pause to consider my favorite passage of scripture! 

BTW ..I really do read and love other areas of scripture, you wouldnt know it lately but I do! :)

{Welcome ifellowshippers! ..I am so glad you hopped over!}

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful thought... God has equipped us for a Godly life and to do what He wants done... thanks for this great reminder! ♥ Michelle

    Happy iFellowship Day!


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