Archive for the ‘2 Peter’ Category

You can’t be two places at one time

August 4th, 2015 by Maureen

through knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and virtue [God] has given us his precious and splendid promises so that we can escape the corruption that is in the world caused by sinful desires and become partakers in His divine nature. 2 Peter 1:3b-4

God didn’t merely save us from sin, He saved us for glory. If our attention is on finding and avoiding corruption, we aren’t paying attention to His precious and splendid promises. If our attention is on avoiding our sinful desires, our attention is not on the partaking of His divine nature. (Seriously worth our undivided attention!) Acknowledging the contrasts between where we used to be and where we are now can help us appreciate now, but trying not to be somewhere instead of enjoying being somewhere else puts us nowhere.

Lord, I want You to have my undivided attention. Help me partake instead of avoid.

 

Plum or prune

January 24th, 2015 by Maureen

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, 2 Pet. 1:3

We limit how we experience God and live in His abundance when allow “godliness” to shrivel up into a tight list of “shall not’s” and spiritual disciplines. Beauty, love, hope, healing, kindness, forgiveness, creativity, encouragement, compassion, and comfort are just a few ways that God manifests His nature into our human lives. Being aware of God in all our lives, recognizing Him in others, responding to His presence, reflecting His nature as He manifests Himself in all areas of our lives are what cause godliness.

Lord, let me experience and communicate some aspect of Who You Are in all things that pertain to my life.

Grace and peace

January 8th, 2015 by Maureen

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Pet. 1:2

Grace and peace is a common greeting in the Bible. What a powerful start to a relationship, a meeting, or a conversation! He can set the tone for every moment of every day. Our awareness of Emmanuel (Christ with us) in our lives transfers to His presence, His grace, and His peace in our interactions with others.

Lord, let Your grace and peace abound.

We are image bearers, not image makers

October 21st, 2013 by Maureen

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. 2 Pet. 1:3-4

He is the source of what we need to live the life He intends for us; and knowing Him is the source of change. We cannot create, manufacture, fake, or accomplish His image in ourselves. We may reflect His image because we are looking at Him, but ultimately He is the one who reconciles us to His image.

Lord, help me to stop trying to do and spend more time simply knowing You!

All of the above

January 3rd, 2013 by Maureen

Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 2 Pet. 2:6-7

God created human beings in His own nature but that nature has been corrupted. We sometimes do a decent job of acting out these traits, and most of us really do want to be this way, but maintaining any one of them for very long, much less keeping all of these balls in the air at once, is not in our corrupted natures. Only continually clinging to God’s promise of restoration and reconciliation make these beautiful manifestations of His nature part of our own.

Lord, supplement my faith…with all of the above.

Grace and peace

November 28th, 2012 by Maureen

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Rom. 1:7, I Cor. 1:3, 2 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:2, Titus 1:4, Phil. 1:3, 1 Pet. 1:2, 2 Pet.

Grace and peace seems to be the default greeting for Paul and Peter. When any of us have something to say, especially something important, grace and peace belong at the beginning of what we say and at the root of our intentions and purposes. Grace and peace are God’s gifts to our hearts, souls, spirits, and minds and a gift we can bring to our interactions with one another as well.

Lord, bring grace and peace to all I say and do today.

What’s your jawbone

April 24th, 2012 by Maureen

But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice. 2 Pet. 2:16

Ever hear a piece of a conversation or a snippet of a song or even a roadside sign that seemed like a personal message? If  those messages don’t contradict the Word of God, it’s worth considering the possibility that God is involved. Better to stay attuned to His voice and on a sane course so God doesn’t have to resort to jawbones, but He loves us enough to use some unique sources in order to drive His message home.

Lord, keep me from mad courses even if You have to bray!

What’s in your wallet?

January 25th, 2012 by Maureen

They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 2 Pet. 2:19

Besetting sins are like little gift cards tucked away in the back of a wallet. In a particular environment, with certain people, honestly, only very occassionally do we pull out the cards. Just when we feel we need to treat ourselves. Most of the time we get along knowing they’re in there and we’ve got the option to use them. If this is how sin looks then it’s still in control.

Lord, I’m ready to turn in my sin cards. Again. This time You clean out my wallet.

How to be a decent human being

January 24th, 2012 by Maureen

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… These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. 2 Pet. 1:4-5a

Trying to be a decent human being is frustrating. Our default setting is selfishness and it’s embedded deep in human nature. Goodness comes from God. He offers to reset our selfish natures to reflect  His own good nature. How we respond to that offer can change how we respond to everything else.

Lord, help my responses reflect Your nature today.

O my goodness

September 8th, 2011 by Maureen

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 2Pet. 1:5-7

We can’t earn our way into the Kingdom of God by being good, but we can choose how we respond to His goodness. He offers us His own character as a result of faith. Faith acts as a springboard into internalizing the nature of Christ.

Lord, I want Your goodness.

Chasing trouble or chasing promise

September 4th, 2011 by Maureen

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Pet. 1:4

Human beings have a natural instinct for making our own trouble and tend toward destructive wants and selfishness.  Even though we know the good things God promises we often choose to chase our own brand of  trouble. If we chase His truth instead He shares His own nature with us to redirect our tendencies toward spiritual health and unselfishness.

Lord,  thank you for the promises that change me.