Promises. Promises.

2 Peter 1: 3-4

3By 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. 4And 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.

 

“God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” But it doesn’t always feel like it. They either edited that second part out, or I’m just not ‘doing life’ the right way. I suppose, though, it also says we receive all of this by coming to know him. So, if I don’t have everything I need to live a godly life then have I really come to know him?

Crap. Is this a post about losing your salvation?

No. Because I don’t believe one can lose their salvation. The moment you gave your life over to God, you were saved, period, end of story. God knows the span of your life and he chose a particular moment to offer you freedom from your sin nature, even though he also knew you were/are going to sin again. The God that invented time lives outside of it and is not concerned with when you accepted his free gift, only that you did accept it.

This post, then, must be about something else. I wonder if, at the time of our salvation, we know God well enough to receive everything we need for godly living? I mean, if we are saved in that moment, and we accept the fact that all our sins have been forgiven, then we should be free to live a godly life. But if we don’t, is that because we don’t know God well enough? Or, are we still just choosing our ‘self’ over him.

I think it would be easy to say, “Well, we just need to get to know him better and then all our problems will go away.” I’m pretty sure, though, that’s not the case. I’m pretty sure, the better we get to know him, the more he is going to give us the opportunity to choose him. The stronger we are in our faith, the more we should be able to handle from the adversary. Right?

So when it feels like you are getting attacked from every direction. Maybe that isn’t a sign of your weakness. Maybe that is a sign of your close relationship with your creator. What he promises is that he will never give you more than you can handle (with his help). You are never alone in this. You are always a heart’s cry away from your father. It is on you (and me), then, to be willing to reach out to him always. He never has bigger things to worry about. Nothing is too small for God. He wants you to take everything to him; good and bad. He wants to be your biggest fan. He wants a relationship with you that goes beyond Sunday morning, is bigger than just your bad days, and is more real than a memorized prayer. He wants to be your guide, your best friend, and your lord. He wants that so much that he came down here and died for us to fix what we broke.

How amazing is your God?

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