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Daily Bread - January 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:13
2 Peter 1:8 - For these things being in you and abounding, you shall not be
barren or unfruitful in the complete knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, there seems to be little focus today, both in sermons and
individual application, to our responsibility to give ourselves to the
practice of the Eight Pillars of Divine Success: Faith, Virtue, Knowledge,
Self Control, Patience, Godliness, Brotherly Kindness, and Divine Love (2
Peter 1:5-7). Each of us need to become familiar with practical
applications in our life to the conduct that God demands. After all, we
have been given the nature of God -the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4)! And
thus, these are not virtues we must acquire; rather, they are virtues that
we need only walk in. There is no question Peter demanded such application;
and furthermore, he made it essential in order to ensure our calling and
election in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:10). In fact, Peter says that if we
lack these things, we are blind and cannot see, and have forgotten that we
were purged from a sinful nature (2 Peter 1:9).
We have been given the divine nature and the help of the Holy Spirit so
that we may walk in the highest level of expression of these virtues. If we
give ourselves diligently to walking in the ways of God and conducting
ourselves properly in the divine nature, then we are promised that we will
not stumble (2 Peter 1:10; Jude 24; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:18). The Spirit
of God will uphold us and strengthen us to live in the way that pleases
God. The light of His nature and the beauty of His ways will be seen in the
midst of our lives, and we will not be barren nor unfruitful in the
knowledge of God. There is most certainly a realm of relationship in God
that we enter into as we mature in God. This maturity is a result of our
willingness to be obedient to His will, and to His ways (1 John 2:14; 1
Corinthians 3:1; Hebrews 5:14; 2 Peter 1:11; Ephesians 3:18-19, 4:12; John
14:21, 23, 15:16).

Give all diligence to walking in this new creation in Jesus!
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