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The Law of Empowerment Part 16

 God Gave Us All-2 Peter 1:1-8

Second Peter emphasizes God’s empowerment of His people. Like all good leaders, God equips us with everything we need to do what He calls us to do.

Peter tells us that God granted to us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3). God’s divine power has granted us His divine nature (1:3), and we participate in this divine nature by laying hold of His divine promises (1:4). We cooperate with Him by developing ourselves. We exercise our new nature by being diligent. We are to add virtue to our faith, then knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and finally love. When we have gone through this sequence of character development, the divine nature has matured in us (1:2-8).

Jesus said the process works like a seed (Matt. 13:31, 32). The seed is planted and, although it is entirely present, it is very small. As it grows, it becomes large and helpful. Seeds are complete, but undeveloped.

In the same way, God has planted within us all we need, but these resources require time and growth before they become visible to others.

Join me next time for The Law of Empowerment Part 17