Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hidden and Not-so-hidden Promises



God has already given us everything we need – what great potential we have!

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. 
We don’t need to pray for strength or leading, we already have the strength and God is always leading us. The above quote was verse 3 of 2nd Peter chapter 1. The next verse (verse 4) hides another promise or two. Can you find them?
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. 
We Christians, that’s who is being addressed by Peter in his letter, are promised a chance to participate in the divine nature; we've escaped corruption in the world; we don’t have the evil desires. Now if that doesn't sound like the professing Christians you know it’s because they haven’t lived up to their potential. Reread  verse 3: we have everything we need for a godly life. Unfortunately many do not realize it. Verse 4 also says God has given us great and precious promises, but they’re not listed here because there are over 750 of them. You can, however, find them throughout the New Testament. You have to read your Bible – search for them.

A few of my favorites are found in Peter’s letters:
1. Promise of salvation and preservation -- 1 Peter 1:3-7
2. Promise of a rich welcome into eternity – 2 Peter 1:10-11
3. Promise of answered prayers  -- 1 Peter 3:7-12 
4. Promise of victory over cares and the devil -- 1 Peter 5:6-11
5. Promise of living eternally in a new heaven and a new earth -- 2 Peter 3:10-13 

(parts taken from Crossing the Scriptures,  KindleNookPaperback)