(In preparation for today’s Devotional, read Joshua 17:3-5 and then check out the “The Deep Six Study” online. Go to www.capecodchurch.com/watch and click on “Discussion Notes.” Under “Message Highlights,” read highlight # 3)
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;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 magnificentpromises, so that by them you may becomepartakers ofthedivine nature, havingescaped the corruption[KH1] that is inthe world by lust. 2 Peter 1:2-4
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are so many parallels between the promise land experience of Israel long ago and our promise land experience with Christ today. The Joshua passage for today shows that the prevailing understanding of the “rules” so to speak regarding the promise land had morphed in a way that did not take into account the full provision of the actual commands that were originally given. Our Scripture for today from 2 Peter awakens us to the reality that there are “precious and magnificent promises” that were originally “granted” to us. These promises have to do with the life God intends for us today as his people. Do we have an understanding of the “Christian life” that has morphed in a way that does not take into account the full provision of what was originally given?
There is true knowledge of him (genuinely knowing Jesus Christ in our actual experience) that “grants” to us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Such a promise land experience with Christ will lead to our “escaping the corruption that is in the world by lust” and “becoming a partakers of the divine nature.” These two things are the measure by which we must test both our understanding of and commitment to the “promise land life in Christ” God has called us to as his people today.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I believe I have been granted a full allotment in your “promise land” provision for your people today. I am not left out, disregarded, or left behind. In Christ’s indwelling and abiding presence, I have everything I need for true life and godliness. Forgive for believing otherwise. Guard me from ever slipping back to being anything less than a full participant in the journey of becoming the “promise land” kind of person you have “granted” me to become. Amen!
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by Alan Porter