Monday, October 12, 2009

Everything Required

II Peter 1:3
For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

God, in His love and goodness, has already given us ALL we need to live, to serve Him, and to fight the battles ahead. When we lean on our own or worldly "wisdom" and understanding, we will either feel falsely secure or completely unequipped. When we lean on Christ alone, we known our strength and provision comes from Him, and with God nothing is impossible!

Still, we tend to look around us and become unsatisfied with our lot in life- where we live, who we married, where we work, what we have, and what we don't have. We may find ourselves envying others instead of being appreciative of the blessings we already have.

Through God, we can be content with what we have and our place in the kingdom. We know we are doing our best and God is doing the rest. We can look at those things we have as "more than enough" and be content and thankful instead of having an attitude of selfishness, complaint, greed, and ungratefulness.

We can feel confident in God's plan and will for our lives because He has already given us "everything required for life and godliness". We already have the tools we need for the situations life presents. We know we can have victory over any circumstance because God is on our side. We are fully equipped through Christ.

I believe it is important to remember our strength, power, and provision come from the LORD, and when we are not living under His direction and authority, will we not be prepared or equipped.

When we look throughout the bible, especially the Old Testament, we can see how God used people who may not have seemed great or mighty and even used methods that seemed ridiculous. (Just look at the telling of Jericho, and the methods God used to bring the city down!)

Art.com/French School: Joshua Commanding the Walls of Jericho to Fall Down

God is great! He knows what He's doing, and He has prepared those who abide in Him. He has given us the bible, which is our guidebook to life. All the answers to the questions that matter are inside. I don't know about you, but I feel very fortunate and blessed to have such a life-manual!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and, remember, God has prepared His people! Be confident and content in Him!

3 comments:

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I honestly don't know what I would do without God's Word to lead and guide me. I'm so thankful I live after Christ came, died and rose again. The written Word is living and God-breathed. Sharper than a two edged sword.

Eevee said...

Hi,

I'm a new reader. I live in San Antonio but I'm not a Texan gal :) I'm a New Yorker born and raised. My husband got stationed here and so here I am lovin' it but Girl its wayyyyyy to hot up in here lol

Anywho....back to what I was going to say.

Very Well put! Isn't it a stange thing that although we have been given a life manual by God our flesh tends to fight against what we know will only make us only better and will guide us closer towards the right direction.

Its a good thing Christ never gives up on us and welcomes us back if we might go astray.

Blessings,
Eevee

MamaArcher said...

Mandy,
Thank you so much for stopping by---it was a good reminder that I needed to make my rounds over here to your blog.
Now-- THANK YOU for this post! The Lord is so good and has used you mightily with this one! I really needed to hear this today. I have been struggling this week with having confidence. I know more than anyone my unworthiness and sometimes my focus gets turned. Thank you for the reminder to focus on the Lord, his promises, and that HE is the one who works!