Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
What do we do when God speaks to us? How do we respond to God? Reminder of words given last week: bring everything to God and lay it at his feet; we are chosen.
When we hear a word from God, don't ignore it - it's God speaking to you!
God has given us great and precious promises.
2 Peter 1:1-11 - Everything we need for living a godly life. Enable us to share his divine nature. You have precious promises!
Greek thinking: 7 step plan to knowing God! This isn't what Peter is saying. It's not a matter of focussing on just one thing at a time, but that we develop each area of our faith at the same time:
- Adding to our part moral excellence: good character. God has given us the power to do this
- Knowing God better - learn, study, getting into his word. Our spirit needs the word of God.
- Self control - to be strong in something, determined
- Patient endurance - we need to be learning patience for the rest of our lives.
- Godliness and holy living
- Love for one another
- Genuine love for everyone - the pinnacle, the climax. 1 Cor 13 - the love chapter. Love one another. This covers everyone.
Love for everyone: not just affection. Love reaches out, love takes a stand. Love determines to do something good.
The hard yards. Don't fake it until you make it! vs 8. The whole purpose of this is that we grow in the knowledge of God.
vs 9 Those who fail to develop are shortsighted. If self control is not in your life, then you are narrow sighted - only see what's in front of you. God wants to open our eyes. Because we get so caught up with that thing in front of us, our old sinful nature tries to take over and that's why we become shortsighted.
When we come to Christ, all of our past life was taken away; all things become new. When we keep trying to hold onto our old life, we're denying all that God has for us.
We want an instant fix, but God works with us over time. vs 10 - "work hard to prove". We need to work out our part in this. Your relationship with God is not dependant on others - it is dependant on you! Work hard to prove that you are called and are chosen. We have to do it. We do it out of desire to know him better.
1 Peter 4:1,2. Since Christ suffered physical pain, we must have the same attitude. If you suffer for Christ, then you are finished with sin.
1 John 3:20. Even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything. No matter how bad I am, God is greater than my heart and he does not condemn me! Given precious promises so we can know Jesus better and better. Develop tenacity - don't give up. God will carry you right through to the end.
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2 Peter 1:1-11
1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:1-2
1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (KJV)
1 John 3:20
20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (KJV)