2 Peter 1:3 Everything You Need

 

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.

Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.

This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.

Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.

Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.

Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.

Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.

Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.

I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.

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Matthew 22:11-13 Wearing The Right Clothes

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“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” Matthew 22:11-13

Jesus told a parable of what the kingdom of heaven is like. The story was of a king putting on a great wedding. Many people refused to come, so he invited those on the streets to come. One man was there who did not have wedding clothes on, so the king had him thrown out.

Wearing the right clothing in very important for many jobs. Many jobs have a uniform for their employees to wear. Others just require certain types of clothing. Working in construction requires a hard hat and steel toed boots. Working in an office or school will require casual business clothing. While working in doing lawn mowing, may not require anything specific.

This type of thing is expected and accepted by most people. Very few people would argue against the required clothing.

Yet, many people argue against the clothing required to get into heaven. In order for a person to get into heaven, he must be clothed with the correct clothing. One must be clothed with the righteousness and holiness of Jesus.

It is commonly thought that anyone who claims to believe in God will get into heaven or that there are many ways to get into heaven. With these types of thoughts it means that there is no standard to get into heaven. A person can live anyway he wants and still get in. One does not have to give up sin, in order to get into heaven.

Jesus never taught that type of teaching. Jesus came to get rid of all your sin. You must put on His righteousness and live for Him. If you live with the clothing of  this world wrapped around you, God will not see Jesus in you and you will be rejected for getting into heaven.

When God or this world sees you, they should see Jesus in you. You should be clothed with Him, not with the things of this world and yourself. Put on the right clothing so that you may get into heaven.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will cloth yourself with His righteousness; that you will live differently than the world; and that the world will see Jesus in you.

Numbers 15:39 Reminders

“You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” Numbers 15:39

God had given the Israelites some instructions about their clothing. One of the things they had to do was hang tassels with a blue cord off the corners of their garments. The whole purpose of these tassels was to remind the people of His commands to them. As they remembered His commands, it was to keep them from sinning. Their focus was to be on the commands of God at all times.

In life it is very easy to get distracted and begin to sin. People will start to follow things or ways of this world that does not fall in line with God’s commands. Most of the time these changes come in very subtly, barely noticeable at first, until the person is fully won over. Other times it is a bold change of direction that comes quickly in the heat of a moment.

Satan and the world want you to forget about what God has said. Although today you are no longer living under the law, there are many commands that God has given that still need to be followed.

Most people forget things very quickly. They might remember them in the back of their mind if they stop to think about it, but that does not usually happen.

Just as God wanted the Israelites to have a reminder about His commands, you must also keep a reminder in your life. It can be different for each person. Taping note cards in various places you will see with verses on them; keeping worship music playing always; wearing a Christian hat or shirt; or wear a button or some other item with a reminder. Find a way that will work for you.

Do not allow yourself to lose focus on what God wants of you. Remind yourself daily and throughout each day of His commands to you. Do not allow yourself to fall into sin because you forgot His commands.

I pray today that God will help you remember His ways; that you will not walk away from God in any area of your life; that your eyes will always be on Jesus; and that you will be the light of Jesus in this world.

Romans 13:14 How To Keep From Sin

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Romans 13:14

Paul had just made the statement that every believer must wake up and put off all types of sinful acts. These sinful acts are called the deeds of darkness. Now he states that instead of acting in these sinful ways one is to put on Jesus Christ and not even think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Many believers know that they should not be doing anything sinful. Often people will have old habits that they cannot seem to break. The sinful act has a bind on them that does not seem to leave.

In the verse today it gives a very simple two part answer. The first part is to clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ. This is to make Jesus Christ The Lord and Master of your life. He is the one who is to be in absolute control of your life, not you. He is the one who is to control every part of your life–every move, thought, action, and word you make.

The second part is to not even think about how to gratify the desires of your flesh. The flesh is the sinful part of human beings, not the physical flesh. These desires are selfish and sinful against God and others. Here it states to not even think about it.

The mind is very powerful. It can control your attitudes, abilities and actions. If you set your mind to something it can usually be done, as long as your mind is willing to overcome every obstacle. This includes sin. For most people not committing an actual murder is easy because they do not really think about actually doing it. However, with jealousy, it is easy because it starts with thinking about what you do not have and what others do have. Sexual sins start out with a thought and builds from there.

Keep your mind on Jesus. Don’t give any room for sinful thoughts. Don’t even allow room for gratifying the sinful nature in your life. Think about Jesus and what He would do. Think about what Jesus did for you. Transform your mind to that of Jesus and you will overcome sin.

I pray today that you will clothe yourself with Jesus; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will only think about Jesus; and that God will strengthen you to keep Jesus Lord of your life.

Matthew 22:14 Many Invited

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

Jesus made a statement that is difficult for some to accept. How can a loving God invite many, but only choose a few? Why would He not chose everyone?

Look at the parable that this statement comes from. It is about a king who was putting on a wedding. People who were of “good” standing were invited. These were the influential business people. Every one of them came up with an excuse as to not be there for the wedding.

The king then goes out to the streets and invites the common, “low-life” people to the wedding. These people do not have the proper clothing for such a wedding. The king is willing to provide the needed clothing.

At the wedding there was a man who was there that did not have on the proper clothing. The king kicks him out of the wedding ceremony.

The king had invited many people to the wedding, but only those who were properly dressed were allowed in. Those who were not properly dressed were not allowed in.

God sent Jesus to save every person in the world. Every person is called to be a child of God. Every person has a chance to be saved and get into heaven, but the only ones who will actually be saved and get into heaven are those who believe and follow Jesus.

In yourself, you are not dressed to get into heaven. You are dressed in sin and filthy rags. You have on the clothing of the world. Even with all the good works you do, you are still in dirty, raggedy clothing.

Only the righteous clothing of Jesus can cloth you correctly. When you believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, you can be clothed with His righteousness.

When you have on Jesus, God sees Jesus in you and will allow you to be saved and get into heaven. Any other clothing is disrespectful to God and will not be allowed into heaven.

Make sure that your life is clothed with Jesus. Live, act, and talk like Jesus did. Put on His righteousness and be saved. Make sure you are ready for the great wedding when Jesus returns for His bride–the church, which you are a part of.

I pray today that God will reveal ways to be more like Jesus; that you will put on the righteousness of Jesus; that you will trust Jesus alone for your salvation; and that you will allow God to dress you for heaven.