MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2021
The Christian life is a glorious life which God has called us to live and He has deposited in us the power to experience it. However, growing in His knowledge leads to this productive, effective Christian life, including the availability of all we need or require to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, and to please Him in all respects.
Reference: 2 Peter 1:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) "For His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence."
Divine power is a conscious power at work in a Christian - which is the assurance that indeed he is living under the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is the power with which Peter and his companions preached the gospel and lived their Christian lives successfully. When we are equipped with the consciousness of this power resident in us, there is a well-grounded certainty of living a glorious and godly life, and this will usually happen by going for the knowledge of God.
Although His divine power has given us everything we need, there is still a condition attached to it. The condition is "through our knowledge of Him (God)." In other words, you must strive for His knowledge. If this divine power works and delivers to us by getting to know God better, it means that there are praise-worthy revelations hidden and contained in the knowledge of God and until they are revealed to our spirit, we may not be fully empowered to live a glorious life in Christ. And unless the Spirit of God comes with this power to reveal the Word of God to us, it will be a head knowledge. So the power is the power of the Holy Ghost, working in us to be fully convinced of God's truth, so as to cause us to walk in His glory and experience His goodness, which are of delightful significance in regard to His perfect plan for us.
Romans 16:25 says, "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began" (KJV). This power is everything we need because through it, God establishes us according to the gospel and the revelation of His mystery. Therefore, this knowledge Peter is talking about is not ordinary knowledge. It is the message of the glorious Gospel and the revelation of His mystery. This revelation is something we don't just get to know or stumble into because it has been carefully concealed by God unless we seek Him intimately. This means, even to some Christians, it will always remain unfathomable except they desire it by going for His true knowledge.
For instance, part of what we need for Christian life are the promised inheritance of the saints. If we don't know them through studying and fellowshipping with the Word, we can't benefit from them or walk in their reality. Colossians 1:12 (NIV) says, "Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light." This qualification is for every Christian but to partake of the inheritance in reality, we need to know God better through His Word and continual fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Beloved, the power of the Holy Spirit quickens us to know God through the Word and suddenly we get enlightened about His revealed mystery as we constantly participate in the fellowship of that mystery. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - John 17:3; Colossians 1:9; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 2:2.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I'm grateful for your abiding presence in me in the person of the Holy Spirit. By His power working mightily in me, I'm encouraged in my heart to seek you intimately and know you better, so that I may have the full riches of complete understanding of your truth and partake of your blessings, supernatural supplies and provisions. Thank you Father for calling me to experience your glory and goodness in Jesus' Name, Amen!