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
1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (ESV)
1 Peter 4:1-2
4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. (ESV)
1 John 3:20
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. (ESV)