I hit something or something hit me.
This world sha. It didn't surprise me anyway because I didn't expect any less. Well with all that has gone on, I still turn to the anchor for my soul as I have always.
There are always different kinds of winds, the wind that brings good things from God comes to supernaturally increase you. When the enemy sees the good coming, he could also send winds that sink ships. What keeps one afloat till God's goodness arrives? His word.
Instead of using a new one, I will use an old one that has worked previously.
I feel so much opposition. When I feel opposition I fight. I just never fight physically. I fight on my knees figuratively. Knowing that my weapons are not carnal, obviously they are spiritual. God says through the 1st century Christians that they are mighty in God (God is in the mix) to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
This word is for me and it is easy for me to accomplish because I'm the offspring of God. I'm just like Him. What He can do I can do. Anything He writes in the bible I can do. I can relate with God because I feel no inferiority, fear or condemnation because He has made me righteous. Loads of time I mutter "righteous by faith" several times so I don't forget and think I earn God's love by performance. God simply loves me. Glad about that.
God has given me His word/promise to help me live his divine nature. Today I'm reminding myself of the things that Peter says are needed or should be added.
The word of God in practice, hmmm. After practicing God's word in the field I need reminders so I don't just copy other Christian under assumptions.
Here's what Peter says I need to add to my operating in divine nature so that I am fruitful.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue"
I should be diligent. The diligent worker will rule. I should be diligent about my spiritual life also. It shouldn't be left to chance. I should also add virtue to my faith.
Thank God I have faith (Rom 12:3) since God has given everyone a measure of faith and I have mine. God is just. What is that virtue that I should have? The TLB (The Living Bible) translates the word "virtue" to goodness.
So even when I'm angry I can't do badness, I'm to intentionally add goodness. Okay, agreed. Abi I want to follow Jesus. I do. I made up my mind 15 years ago. I still choose Jesus daily instead of convenience or compromise.
"...and to virtue knowledge;..."
I am to add knowledge to goodness. Some people say knowledge puffs up and this is true. That love is better than knowledge. I agree but 1Peter 1 gives a direct instruction to add knowledge to goodness. So even when I practice goodness whether I feel like or not, I'm to add knowledge and I'm willing. I'm curious by nature. I love learning new things. I love reading. I read my bible. Love it. I read Christian literature from specific authors. Love reading Kenneth Hagin books. I had a pastor friend one time, our friendship was sustained by me wanting to read his books. Read many Kenneth Hagin's books. His books are vivid for me.
"..And to knowledge temperance;..."
You know when you think you have something mastered. I am still increasing in self control as I live life daily. Listening to a black female musician whose song is made of "O Lord Jesus, Stand by me". It reflects my state of mind. So self control is being tested and growing. It is important for been fruitful and not barren.
"...and to temperance patience;..."
Patience is the ability to stay in one place believing the same thing come what may. I've taken my position and I won't be shifting it. Faith needs patience, I thought I could relax but what was it my college pastor, either lie down and play dead or fight with the weapons God made you with. It is a life of faith and we spend it fighting the good fight of faith. I am in. No going back.
"...and to patience godliness;..."
Godliness. When you've been in a crowd and everyone is jostling pushing you here and there looking for space, as the world can sometimes be, you can toss godliness in the bin and just imitate the agbero's attitude. God says no. If you want to be fruitful, even if others are being ungodly and employing the devil's tactics, I don't want you to. Be godly. That's what it means to be separated unto me. You can't take the easy road. NO
"...And to godliness brotherly kindness;..."
You will think the other things will be difficult for me. I see relating with people as difficult. I wish they were all mannequins then I wouldn't feel their judgment so terribly. If they don't matter to me, their opinion doesn't matter either. Why can't I separate it? God says they matter. I still maintain my core. I can't run myself ragged. I can be kind to them. One of the first lessons the Spirit of God taught me was kindness so I will be kind. The virtuous woman, even though I don't expect to fulfil all in a day had on her lips, the law of kindness. I will do that. If it will please I choose to do this and I won't insult them in my mind either. I will do it right.
"..and to brotherly kindness charity".
After all this block buster amazing things, I can walk in love. It is easy o since it is in my spirit. The Holy Spirit has shed the love of God abroad in my heart. Yes He has. I can walk in love because God's love is in me enough to give out to my world.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. - 2 Peter 1:5-8
I am fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ because everything that should be added I have added. Awesome.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. - 1 Peter 3:12
This is my promise for the week and I am activating it by muttering it over me. Expecting God's goodness today like never before.
Thank You God for leading me and speaking to me. I'm grateful. I'm grateful for your word in John 10:4-5 that your sheep hear Your voice and follow you but we will NEVER follow a stranger but will run away because we don't know the strangers voice.