2 Peter 1:3-4

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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

It is through the divine power of God that we are able to live a godly life.  It is impossible for us to walk in obedience and holiness in our own strength.  The whole foundation of the Christian life is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.  He not only saved us at Calvary, but on a daily basis it is only by His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to walk in obedience.  For it is when we walk in obedience that we are able to truly live a godly life.

The promises we have from God are precious and they are great.  He is faithful one hundred percent of the time.  He is faithful to fulfill His plans and purposes and He is faithful to the promises of His word.  His word is vital to our growth in our relationship with God.  As we study His word and come to understand the depth of His word, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy will do all that he can to distract us from studying God’s word.  But when we understand the value and importance of God’s word we will orient our lives so that the priority of each day is studying the word of God.

We only participate in the divine nature as we abide in Christ each day.  The world we live in is corrupted by the lies and deceptions of Satan.  Those who chase after the world and its desire reflect the character and nature of who Satan is.  At Satan’s core is darkness and wickedness and those who indulge in the world and its ways will have darkness and wickedness manifested in their lives.

The divine nature is simply the character and nature of who Christ is.  When we are born into this world we are born into sin.  We are bound by sin and death and it isn’t until we come to Christ that we are set free.  But this is only the beginning of the journey.  For as we abide in Him daily we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit begins to fill our lives and our lives reflect the character and nature of who Christ is.

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Colossians 2:6-7

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,and overflowing with thankfulness.  Colossians 2:6-7

We are called to live in Christ.  This means day by day we walk with Him and we live in Him.  It is not a one time decision but a daily decision to follow Christ.  We have temptations and challenges we face on a daily basis, but we are called to forsake all things for Jesus Christ.

We are rooted and built up in Jesus Christ.  He is our unshakable foundation.  As we grow in Him each day as we study His word and spend time in prayer, our roots grow deeper and deeper in Him.  We move from being a mere sapling to becoming a mighty oak in Christ.

We are strengthened in faith.  It is faith that is our shield in the armor of God.  As we come to know and understand who we are in Christ and all that Jesus has accomplished for us we live in thankfulness and contentment on a daily basis.  We see the world as the Lord sees all things and our hearts and minds become one with Him.  The more we grow in Him the more we are rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus.  We become unshakable because He is unshakable.

1 Peter 3:15

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

We are called to revere the Lord.  That simply means that we are called to give Him all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  He deserves our worship and we are called to worship Him with the way we live our lives.  We are called to be living sacrifices unto the Lord.

We are called to always be prepared to give an answer.  This is only possible as we abide in Him and spend time daily in God’s word and prayer.  As we fellowship with the Lord and open our hearts to the fullness of the Holy Spirit we will be empowered to be a witness for the Lord.  For it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to be a witness and gives us the words to say.

It is important to remember to do this with gentleness and respect.  We are not called to berate people and beat them over the head with the bible.  As the Holy Spirit gives us opportunity and prepares the hearts of people we must do all things in love.  It is the kindness of God that leads people to repentance.  It is the love of Christ that will be the ultimate witness in this hour of history.

Hebrews 11:6

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

It is impossible to please God without faith.  Salvation is based upon faith in Jesus Christ alone.  It is not based upon works or performance.  For if righteousness and salvation were based upon works and performance, man would have something to boast about.

But without Jesus Christ we are spiritual bankrupt.  God rewards those who diligently seek Him.  Being diligent speaks of continual pursuit of Almighty God.  When we come to Christ and make the decision to follow Him that is only the beginning.  The decision to follow Christ is a decision to walk with Him on a daily basis and to continually seek after Him with our whole heart.

When we come to God we must believe that He exist.  There are many in the world who reject the existence of God.  They believe that the world revolves around them and they don’t believe they are accountable for the way they live their lives.  But all will stand before God some day and give an account of the way they have lived their lives.  They will give an account as to whether or not they truly made Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives.

A decision to follow Jesus Christ is a decision to abandon our lives unto God.  We decide to deny ourselves and pick up our cross.  For in following Jesus Christ our lives no longer belong to us.  When we come to Christ our lives belong to Him and the driving force of our lives is the will of Almighty God.

 

Genesis 4:1-26

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Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lordlooked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeanceseven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of[g] bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
    wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed a man for wounding me,
    a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
    then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth,[h] saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.  Genesis 4:1-26

In Genesis chapter four we have the account of Cain and Able.  Cain worked in the fields and Able took care of the sheep.  Both men brought a sacrifice to the Lord and it was Able’s sacrifice that was received and Cain’s who was rejected.  The question is why was Cain sacrifice rejected.

We understand from Hebrews 11:4 that Able’s sacrifice was accepted because Able brought his sacrifice accompanied with faith.  God always examines the human heart and when He examined the hearts of both Able and Cain, He found that Able’s heart was right before them.

We also see the condition of Cain’s heart that when his sacrifice was rejected the way he responded was not to bring a better sacrifice, but instead was to turn on his brother and kill him.  The Lord even warned Cain about the sin at work in his heart and Cain rejected the word of the Lord.

Cain ended up killing his brother and was required to wander by the Lord.  A mark was placed upon Cain to signify to all that they were not to touch his life.  Cain continued to have other sons and daughters and we are given information for the line of Cain.

But the Lord is faithful and in the missing place of Able the Lord once again blessed Adam and Eve with another son and he was given the name Seth.  The name Seth means appointed and it was through the line of Seth that Abraham would eventually come and through that same line that Jesus Christ Himself would be born upon the earth.

God’s will is sovereign and no matter how much Satan tries to stop or corrupt the plans of God, the Lord will always have His way.  The Lord knows every tactic of the enemy and will always turn what Satan has meant for wickedness around for God’s goodness and His glory.

It was after Seth was born that people began to call upon the name of the Lord.  On the earth the Lord always has a remnant of people who draw near to Him and call upon His name.  Jesus said narrow is the road that leads to life and few will find it.  On a daily basis we are surrounded by people who are lost and bound in sin.  May we be a light and a beacon in this hour and share our faith as we have opportunity.  God on a daily basis is fulfilling His plans and purposes and the time of the return of Jesus is coming very soon.

Isaiah 25:1

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Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:1 NIV

The Lord is perfect in all things and that includes faithfulness.  Many times when we are waiting upon the Lord and His time it can be very hard for us because we live within time and cannot see beyond today.  But God exist outside of time and sees all things.  He sees the end from the beginning and He is fulfilling His plans and purposes by His grace and power on a daily basis.

The plans He has for us were established before the foundations of the world.  He has placed us on this earth for such a time as this.  He has created us with a unique plan and purpose.  There is no one else like us on this earth.  As we seek Him daily and come to know Him in greater ways we experience His peace and presence in greater ways.

We become more sensitive and more aware of the presence of the Lord.  His voice becomes much more clearer and His leading and His guidance becomes clear.  We learn to praise Him in every situation because we know that He is working all things together for our good.  Walking in deep intimacy with Him and seeking Him daily is key for our relationship with Him.  The more we come to know Him, the more we will be used by Him in greater ways because every decision we make will align with His heart and His will.

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
 
The Lord is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. He has not called us to be perfect, He has called us to abide in Him each day. Walking with Him in all things, diligently studying His word and making our lives a house of prayer.
 
In this life we will fall short and we will make mistakes, but understanding the grace and mercy of God is key to walking in victory and freedom. When we do fall short we are able to go before the Lord, confess our sin and seek His forgiveness. But as we grow in maturity with Christ the sin and desires of the flesh that once dominated our lives, no longer dominate our lives.
 
So many have misconceptions of who the Lord is. Many believe God to be this angry tyrant in Heaven who desires to punish us when we fall short. But if we continue in disobedience and rebellion the Lord will surely discipline us. But in every mistake the Lord desires to teach us of His kingdom, His love, His grace, and who He is. May we focus our hearts daily upon God’s word and prepare our hearts for His soon return.

Be holy

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:13-15

God is holy and as His sons and daughters we are called to be holy.  The natural result of a relationship with Jesus Christ is being transformed into His image.  As we are transformed into His image the fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced in our lives.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the holiness of God produced in our lives.

One of the reasons the apostle Peter penned these words is because people had distorted the grace of God.  Some treated the freedom and grace we have in Christ as a license to sin in greater ways.  So the apostle Peter made it clear that we are called to be holy because the Lord is holy.

If we are truly to follow Jesus as God’s word lays out then we are called to walk in obedience.  We are called to surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and God’s will must become the driving force of my life.  The purpose of following Jesus Christ is not for our personal happiness or pleasure, the purpose of our following Jesus Christ is to become a disciple and vessel through which God can move and operate.

As we grow in Christ we simply become a greater vessel through which God can move and operate.  It begins with us drawing near each day to Christ.  Those who claim to walk in Christ but seek the pleasures of this world and fail to draw near are simply living a lie and delusion.  Let us be willing to fully surrender our hearts to Jesus Christ.