His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him [Jesus] who called us by his own glory and goodness. -- 2 Peter 1:3 niv
What if everything we need in life is found in God? What if our knowledge of Him carried with it not only the privilege of wholeness and salvation, but also the opportunity, through His Spirit, to live a life of godliness and victory?
If indeed this verse is true, as I believe it is, it carries with it life-changing implications.
1. Jesus Christ is the source of my victory. Any victory in life is not ultimately in my own human efforts, not in mere intelligence, not in money, and its certainly not in sheer will-power. The Bible shows us that our victory is only found in Jesus.
2. Everything I am going to need in this life . . . HE’S ALREADY PROVIDED! It’s been done. Notice the tense of the phrase, “has given us.” It sounds to me like it’s already been provided through the work of the cross. But how often do we live as if the work’s been done? Why do we let fear and anxiety dictate our daily living? Everything we need is on reserve.
3. It’s MY responsibility to tap into His Divine Provision. As we draw near to Him, He says that he will draw near to us (James 4:8). God does not expect us to do everything on our own. He wants to do it through us. He doesn’t want us to try to muster up in our own strength a solution to our apparent problems. The first step is going to the Father, then receiving what is needed – the solution He’s already provided.
God has provided all that we will need for this thing we call life. The question is, will we allow God to assume His rightful place in our lives?
Word for the Way:
What we ultimately need cannot be procured by our own genius or efforts.