Thursday, June 30, 2011

What Does God Expect From Me? Part 1

2 Peter 1:1-11

I love my husband dearly.  He knows me like no one else knows me and I know him better than anyone else.  We each have a desire to continue to learn more about each other and to continue to grow closer together.  In a relationship like this; however, there is more responsibility than just adoration.  We are responsible to show each other respect and to think about what makes each other happy.  Some of the things that make my husband happy are things that I'm not crazy about doing, but I do them because I love him.  On occasion, my husband will go to the store and rent a "chick-flick" because he knows that he may not enjoy it completely but I will enjoy it and on the flip side I will watch a action/adventure movie with him.  When we are in a relationship with someone, whether it is in the form of marriage or friendship, there are responsibilities to keep the relationship fresh and full of respect.  Our relationship with God is just like that as well.  Please read 2 Peter 1:1-11.

The first thing Peter points out is that we have been given our faith through the righteousness of Jesus and that we are to grow in our knowledge of God.  As we grow in that knowledge, we will receive more grace and peace.  Yesterday, I looked at the promises of God, and I think this is a wonderful blessing that is poured out on us as we receive God's instruction.  I also think that receiving more peace as our knowledge of Christ and God increases is a natural process.  The more we understand who God is, the more trust we place in Him and we are able to let go of the control we want to have.  The more we relinquish control to God, the more peace we will experience.

Verse three tells us that God has given us all the tools we need in order to live the life that He has called us to live.  This is important to remember because God is not expecting a standard from us that is impossible - in Christ godly living is always possible.  Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength; that includes living a lifestyle that reflects that we are children of God.  We may look at the expectations that God placed before us and feel overwhelmed; however, it is not our abilities and strength we rely on.  We rely on God.  We relinquish the control of how we react to circumstances and how we handle temptation; we need to rely on the Holy Spirit who is living in us to guide us in all we say and do.  James 1:14 tells us that temptations come from our own desires and Jesus reminds on many occasions that we are to pray so that we do not yield to temptation.  1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us of another promise that God has given us; please look it up.  God will always show us a way out of our temptation if we turn to Him for guidance.  We are told in 2 Peter that God's promises are what help us to share in His divine nature and escape the human desires.  We really can live the life God has called us to live.

Because these verses are packed with so much information, I would like to continue looking at what God expects from us in tomorrow's post.  God desires to be close to us and He wants us to strengthen our faith.  We grow as we live a godly life; be encouraged that it is not impossible.  It is just like anything we practice, the more we do it, the more it becomes a part of who we are.

Do you rely on God's strength to live out your faith?

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