2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. HCSB
As children of God, we already have everything we need for “life and godliness” through knowledge from the word of God and God has blessed us with “every spiritual blessing” A. But to possess these blessings is one thing; to enjoy them is something else. As we trust God’s promises and obey His commandments, we draw upon our spiritual inheritance and are able to walk successfully and serve effectively. Like the nation of Israel in Caanan we have battles to fight and work to do, but as we walk in obedience to the Lord, He enables us to overcome the enemy, claim His promises, and enjoy its blessings. B
God loves to bless His people. He is true and faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to Him. But God’s promises do not come without demands or conditions. Therefore, experiencing the full richness of God’s blessings comes as a result of our obedience. When we are obedient, God blesses. God’s love for us is unconditional, but when we are disobedient, God disciplines C. All troubles are not because of personal sin, it may be the results of a fallen world, the world system, Satan, persecution, pruning, testing, discipline/chastening or consequences of already confessed and forgiven sin? D
Some people think that to become a believer is to have money, health and happiness. However, experience shows us that more than one believer not keeping the New Testament commandments is successful, healthy, and wealthy, while many of God’s faithful children are going through poverty, trials and difficulties. The Psalmist contrasted the end of the wicked and that of the righteous in Psalm 73 and concluded in the present “23 …I am continually with You; 24 …With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. 25 …And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” E
“And besides God, I desire nothing on earth!” should be the disciples lifestyle and daily prayer. Does my prayer log and checkbook witness to this truth in my life?
Henry Luke 11/30/2017
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