“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. 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.”
2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV
We have not been left with our own power and strength to make it on this journey. Yet, so often we forget the power that is available to us to press through every situation in life.
When I consider these verses, there is no limitation on what is available. There is clear indication that everything you or I need that pertains to a godly life is available. This provision is part of the great and precious promises in Christ.
This tells me that when an opportunity for offense comes, I have been given what I need to not take the bait. It tells me that when temptation to sin is calling upon my heart, that there is no temptation that can seize me, but that which is common to man, and God has provided a way of escape. I do not have to give in. I have what I need because I have a new DNA. I have the divine nature of the Almighty pumping through my veins.
You mean, I do not have to become bitter just because I have been hurt? If you want to be a man or woman of God bitterness is not an option. To the man relying on his own strength bitterness, resentment, anger, and all sorts of carnal responses will overflow. But to the person leaning into the divine nature, they draw upon what they need for a godly life. They forsake bitterness, resentment, anger, and the carnal responses, and say, “only the way of the cross for me.”
Whatever you or I are confronted with today, we have what we need. We don’t need more despite what the masses will tell you. What more could you ever look for than the Almighty God dwelling in you and giving you the power to live a life where love wins?
Today, I am grateful for the new nature. I am thankful that I have a new DNA and that I am not who I was, but because of this new nature everything I need to live and walk differently has been given to me. I thank God for the reminder that this is about a mind shift not a position shift. May my thinking line up with Truth. May my actions then reveal that Truth has prevailed in this life.