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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

2 Peter 1:3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

At times we may lose sight of our purpose as Christians and a slight drifting away from the faith could happen. Other interests and things take the place of studying God's word and priorities change. Then before long we realize we have drifted further than we intended and the once vibrant walk with God is now more of an acquaintance type of relationship. If our faith is a spiritual habit then there is a pretty good chance this drifting will happen. But God doesn't want us to drift around like a sailboat with no wind on the sea. He IS the wind in our sails and that wind is all we need to keep on sailing. It isn't like God takes a vacation and we lose sight of Him because He isn't showing Himself to us anymore. God is always available and even when we sleep He is looking out for us. He doesn't withhold anything from us in the area of developing our relationship with Him. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. That scripture alone shows that our God is very actively involved in our lives and He just keeps on giving us direction. In the 2 Peter scripture above verse 3 speaks to how we receive everything we need for living our lives. Verse 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

I love these verses because they speak to the very thing I need. To know God is watching out for us is HUGE! It is the very thing that keeps me from drifting and keeps me current in my walk and relationship with God. Paul wrote to the church at Colossae in Colossians 2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. Paul, as usual, is pointing to Jesus here and in his encouragement to that church encourages all believers that the very one we gave our life to is right there for us and giving us His fullness to enable us to live a life of purpose. AND JESUS KEEPS ON GIVING!! If you read earlier in that chapter you will see that Paul warns about following empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from spiritual powers of this world. Oh, the worlds teachings may sound good at times, but they are finite and soon fall short of what we need to live a full life. Jesus is the only one who gives us the fullness we need for everyday life and in that fullness we find it is overflowing when we tap into it. In Romans 15:13 we see a wonderful encouragement about God filling us with a hope beyond compare. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. See. God is coming through again and again. He is the gift that keeps on giving.

The Pilgrimage continues......

David Warren

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