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IIpeter134Is it actually July?  Wow!  Just the other day it was April.  Life is moving frantically fast these days.  I need to catch up with myself!

Since it is July, it is time for another Scripture passage.  I’m not sure this is meeting the needs of my readers…or is even helpful at all.

I would be glad for comments from you.

  • Are you finding this series helpful?
  • Is there anything I can do to make this series more helpful/useful to you?
  • Are there any passages you would like to have included in this series?
  • Are there any questions/themes you would like answered with a new passage to memorize?

Here is our passage for today.


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,

  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.  

II Peter 1:3-4

The promise is that as believers, we have been granted all we need for life and godliness.  The resources are present…in Christ.  But we don’t just sit on our duffs either.  The only One who can provide us with faith, virtue, self-control, etc. is Christ.  That is for sure.  We can’t sit around passively waiting for these things to drop on us like pixie dust.

That is why our lives are like they are.  For example, those delightful creatures we want called infants also drain us of sleep, energy and patience, to name a few.  The gifts of faith, virtue, self-control are available to us, but it is only when we have these little creatures that we often need the doses of self-control that challenge us.  We didn’t have it before, but really didn’t notice it until we were low on sleep and energy.  Then self-control suddenly wasn’t there and we’re surprised.

It is available, but we need to realize we need it.  We also need to exercise the muscles so-to-speak that we rarely exercised up to that point.

I’m probably oversimplifying this a little, but I’m trying to help you get a picture of what is being talked about in this passage.

What do you think?

Does this sound to you like what is being discussed here?

How does it compare to other passages on this topic?

Please comment!