HOPE FOR POWER to THINK and ACT – {Living Godly }

 

HOPE verses

“…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” -{2 Peter 1:3-4}

FALSE HOPES ARE WHEN SELF IS THE FOCUS, FAILURE IS INEVITABLE, FRUSTRATINGLY SO;

These verses are not only for ourselves to ENLIGHTEN us into GOD’S Provision to bring about Godly change, and encourage us but also for someone who may say “I can’t… ” or “I have tried”…”I don’t know how…”….”I can’t change I’ve tried…”…”I am tired trying, “…”I keep failing, so what’s the point?” All of these are a focus on self’s resources  as the final authority- HUMAN RESOURCE – While in the verses above you see that the RESOURCE – is  “DIVINE POWER.” –    to CHANGE…TO GROW IN GODLINESS. So when someone says, ”  I can’t…” you can on Divine Authority speak of His DIVINE POWER… and offer them HOPE FROM GOD!

I read some old notes this morning from Ephesians 4 where in the passage Paul says “PUT OFF…”  certain sinful habits and then he tells the believers to “PUT ON…” certain Godly virtues. As one writer points out you can not know what to “put off” or “put on” if you  don’t know what God says…in between the two phrases are verse 23 – “ YOU be RENEWED in the spirit of your MIND

Remember to practice God’s Word for yourself …to teach God’s Word.- {Ezra 7:10} – so that we do not presume to speak for God BUT ALLOW GOD to Speak for Himself  – and these verses  in 2 Peter 1:3-4 – offers us and other struggling believers HOPE  FROM GOD- THE POWER TO CHANGE in GODLINESS- IT IS EXCITING!!!

The Holy Spirit can only recall  to our minds truth that He has enabled us to hide in our hearts… and by now you will experience it takes work!  –

  •   Work against yourself, work against excuses and deadlines; work against humanistic “good things” as a means to please God. Work in order to know God’s mind and God’s ways!  Work to discipline yourself to treasure His Word enough to hide it, KNOWING God will give you opportunities to use it for the benefit of others. Remember Ezra 7:10 says “For Ezra set his heart to study the Law of the Lord that he might practice it and to teach the statues and ordinances  in Israel”-
  • In Nehemiah 8- Ezra, the one who had studied the Law of the Lord that he might…teach… got his opportunity, and a nation was turned back to God. What did he share? GOD’S WORD… and GOD did the rest- Conviction of sin, Joy  and Worshiping hearts for God

In helping yourself and others  to KNOW as followers of the LORD Jesus they have the POWER to change, I use this outline below to help me remember the HOPE in this passage. In sharing with someone who is struggling – God can use THESE verses which you Chose to memorize – to recall  so you can offer someone God’s HOPE FOR POWER TO live Godly;

Below is a brief outline that helps me to remember the HOPE in these passages…

DIVINE HOPE  {…”for everything pertaining to LIFE and GODLINESS through…”}-

 1.  PERSON the true Knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ- {Read v2}

2.  POWER-  for “EVERYTHING pertaining life and Godliness”–  Every thought, deed God has granted- Gifted- His DIVINE POWER TO live for the Believer- {Read v3}

3. PROMISES v 4- TO ENCOURAGE, EQUIP AND ENABLE YOU and the Believer you are discipleing…infusing them with God’s Provision His “Great and Magnificent Promises” to be implemented. “…and SO THAT BY THEM you may become PARTAKERS of the DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”-{Read v4}

THESE ARE VERSES OF…HOPE for people, ourselves included – who face situations where we “feel” we “can’t change” and when others believe falsely that it is their personality, upbringing etc… here are verses of HOPE FOR GODLY CHANGE- AND BACKED BY GOD

GOD BLESS YOU,- Keep Hiding His Word in your heart to practice it and to teach it…God will see you Honor Him!