Last week we took a look at verse 2 of 2 Peter 1 and the description within the amplified of the Peace that God gives us which includes; Perfect well being, All necessary good, All spiritual prosperity and Freedom from fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts. When I read that and meditate on it I continue to be amazed that everything I need is found in His peace. As we move on to verses 3 & 4, here’s what it says in the amplified:
2 Peter 1:3-4 (AMP)
3 For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [[a]full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
4 By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.
What you may not know is that when Peter wrote this letter he was very near the end of his life. At this point Peter had had almost all of the experiences he was going to have here on this earth. He had lived the portion where he was a fisherman and didn’t know Jesus, he lived the years where he walked with Jesus day in and day out, he had denied Jesus and saw him crucified, after his betrayal he had the privilege to be welcomed back and speak to Jesus when He had been resurrected and saw Jesus leave this earth. Peter also had followed Jesus’ instructions and waited in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit and then spoke and saw 3,000 come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Peter became one of the pillars of the first Christian church and saw the Gentiles also begin to receive salvation and then he reached after many years, a point where he was going to be killed for his faith. My point, as you may have guessed, is that at this stage of Peter’s life we are listening to a man who knew what he was talking about. He is one of the few who can tell us from first hand experience because he had seen all facets of what it meant to follow Jesus in person and then follow Him in spirit. This is the man who is telling us what God has bestowed, provided and given us. Given you.
We are beginning to receive insight into our Abba’s peace but we are also being provided some other very important information. Peter is advising us that our Abba, by His divine power, is giving us everything we need to live a life that Jesus died for us to have. A life of His precious and exceedingly great promises, a life suited to us and a life of godliness. I like that and who wouldn’t want that? But why is Peter telling us this, and why do I believe that this message is so important to us at this time? Remember that vision I shared with you in the Be God Loves Me Minded post (10/31/14)? It’s the difference between the deterioration of what man has built compared to the beauty and goodness of what God has created. Here Peter is telling us that while we are living in a time of moral decay which is due to lust and greed, we can escape living in and under that same bondage and instead become partakers of God’s divine nature where we can experience His grace (favor) and all of the components of His peace.
What is your state of being right now? If you’re in a similar place to me maybe you’ve been trying to figure out how to be different, live different and make a difference in a time where it seems like it’s very difficult to accomplish any of those things. First, you have yourself to deal with! It’s funny, this morning I was trying to think of a person in my life that was just genuinely nice. What I mean by that is that they were an individual that, by their nature, tended to put others needs before their own as a matter of course. Someone thoughtful, caring, and unselfish that I was drawn to because of their sweetness and genuiness. I could recall situations where someone was that way during a specific situation, where they greatly impacted my life because they chose to do something that fell under those traits, but day in and day out? That is hard to find, and I know I haven’t been that person. The difficulty in finding that is because we live in that world of moral decay that is pushing us towards taking care of ourselves, but being our Father’s Daughter is a call to a different way to live. I really want to become that person that allows the Holy Spirit to do what needs to be done in my life, to believe what Peter says and lay hold of what Peter learned through the course of his amazing life of who our Abba is and who we can be by taking hold of those exceedingly precious promises and escape the moral decay of this world and instead become a partaker of my Abba’s divine nature!
Next week we’ll take a look at the last three versus I spoke about last week because our brother Peter laid out a very clear path of the transformation we can have if we walk out this journey. Almost seems too easy, but really what it is is simple but sometimes simple can be hard. I hope you will take this week to continue to allow our Heavenly Father to show you that because He loves you so much He is multiplying His grace and peace to you and that you will also begin to see that His divine power is bestowing upon you a life that is suited to what He designed you to be and live and that that life allows you to escape the moral decay that surrounds us and instead become and be partakers of His divine nature. What He is giving us He calls precious and the reason He is giving it to us is because, above all, He considers us precious!
A Daughter’s Prayer – Abba, I come with a grateful and thankful heart for who You are and who You are in me and to me. It’s because of You and what Jesus has done that I am Your daughter and Your love and grace and mercy pour over me and I am who You say I am. You are our source and Your reward has no sorrow with it. My hope and my answers are in You. Thank you Abba for allowing me to be in this place and may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto You. I am who You say I am, I have what You say I have and nothing can snatch me from Your hand. I am safe and secure in Your arms and heart. I surrender today and expect Your goodness and mercy to overtake me. I’m the righteousness of God in Christ and I abide in Jesus. He is my vine, I am the branch and the life of the Spirit flows in and through me. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.