What are your favorite promises of God? His provision? His pardon? His presence?
Peter reminds us that though the promises of God are many, God has a purpose in each one.
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV)
Purpose 1: Participate in the divine nature
Purpose 2: Escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires
Participate. Escape. Divinity. Corruption. What’s your pick?
Not that we would ever choose corruption, but often we don’t realize the extent of our own character corrosion, much less our need to escape it.
So, let’s choose a promise and work the process.
Malachi 3: 10 (NIV) says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Participate: To tithe, we have to believe God when He says all things are His (Psalm 24:1) and we are merely stewards.
We have to believe God will help us manage the remaining ninety percent well enough to cover our needs. (Philippians 4:19)
We have to believe God will care for us when we put Him first. (Matthew 6:33)
When we obey God, He promises to reveal Himself to us (John 14:21) and and as He does so, we participate in His divine nature.
Escape: The world corrupts by telling us we need more and more and more. And we need it now, now, now. Common sense says there’s too much month and not enough money to tithe. Debt adds pressure to our closest relationships. The need to work more takes time away from the family and our spouse.
God provides a way of escape.
Bank on the promises of God this year. Participate in a closer relationship with Him, and escape the chaos the world offers.
How has the world corrupted your thinking?
Can you remember a time when you participated in the divine nature?
What promise can you or the family talk through?
Will you choose one to stand on this month?
Peter reminds us that though the promises of God are many, God has a purpose in each one. Click to tweet.
Participate. Escape. Divinity. Corruption. What’s your pick? Click to tweet.
When I obey God, He promises to reveal Himself to me (John 14:21) and and as He does so, I participate in His divine nature. Click to tweet.
God provides a way of escape. Click to tweet.