“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23 (NIV) Sometimes people say, “If only I could see Jesus and talk to Him in person…” Well, imagine what that would be like. If...
Through them [his promises] you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV)
If you feel defeated today, try to take in this promise: By His power, and through Jesus Christ, God’s promise to you in the gospel is that you should escape the corruption caused by evil desires. Sin shall no longer be your master.
You will not escape the battle with evil desires. But if you are in Christ, you have escaped their power over you. Stop telling yourself that you are in chains when God has set you free.
A gospel that offers forgiveness, but not power, isn’t big enough for life. Many people have heard a gospel that is about forgiveness for the past and heaven for the future, but it has nothing to say about God’s power to change your life now.
That’s why there are so many people who attend church and profess faith, but they never grow. They remain stuck in the same failures, gripped by the same fears, trapped in the same despair.
Peter says “Let me tell you about a faith that is big enough for life. Let me tell you about God’s power that gives us everything we need for life and godliness. That power will come into your life through Jesus Christ, who calls you by His own glory and goodness.”
Jesus’ promise is that His Spirit will live in you, giving you new power, new desire, and new capacity, so that you will escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires! Sin shall no longer be your master!
As you think about Christ’s promise, say to Him, “Thank God, that’s what I have.” And if you don’t, say, “Please God, that’s what I need.”