2 Peter 1: 3 - 11
“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
When faced with a big project, a challenging relationship, a new job or some outward bound challenge we would all probably pause, consider and plan before stepping out. As we are faced with this global crisis, in our own way, we are all trying to figure out what to. In this age of communication we have multiple sources of guidance from Federal and Provincial Governments, Health Authorities and media. We find advice on how to cope with self-isolation, mental health, financial support and physical fitness. There is a lot to assess in order to decide how best to respond. The purpose of this Blog is to encourage us at this time and to help equip us spiritually to enable us to respond practically. Today I want to encourage us to the source of our strength; our Almighty and loving God.
God tells us, through the Apostle Peter, that His divine power is within us through His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit calls our hearts to be God’s children, He lives within us when we put our faith in God through Jesus, and He gives us His knowledge to guide us in life. This is our source of strength, wisdom and power. He gives us His promises and Word so we can be like Jesus (vs. 4) and then encourages us to build on our faith with spiritual building blocks: knowledge; self-control; perseverance; godliness; kindness; and love (vs. 6-7). These are real attributes that will help us at such a trying time, give us peace and indeed bless others in our communities. In this way, we in turn, can be a conduit of God’s strength and love for others. We become productive and effective in and through the Lord Jesus (vs. 8).
In these uncertain times let us find the source of our strength in God, through Jesus by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has walked our path and walks with us now.
N.B. in our online Sunday service on the 29th March we will focus on the Power of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 3: 14-21 with Rev. Kim Salo.
To Ponder: Which of the above spiritual building blocks will help you at this particular time? Pray and discern how to put them into practical use then step out in God’s strength
Pray: Almighty God, strengthen us in power through your Holy Spirit in our inner being so that Jesus my dwell in our hearts through faith. Teach us the depth of your love. Encourage us and show us that you are able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine because of your power that is at work within us. Amen
From Ephesians 3: 14-21
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.