October 4, 2011

2 Peter 1:3-9

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins."

Father, thank you for your loving grace. For growing me so that I might be productive and effective in my knowledge of your Son and your will for my life. I pray that you would be glorified through this growing process and even through the growing pains that come with it. Give me the courage to keep fighting my flesh and the grace to keep pursing your will and desire for my life. Forgive me for allowing fear to keep me from walking in your path of joy and peace. You deserve all the glory and praise. Amen.

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