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All We Need

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV)

Many products are advertised as being a 'complete solution'; but they rarely are. However well they work and however wide their scope, you can always find some way in which they can be improved. And just as well for the competitive marketplace! But there will never ever be any effective competition for God's perfect solution to all human need. Although Satan tempts us with lies about a better way, and the world packages temporary attractive diversions which distract us from our internal emptiness, only God provides all that heals and sustains, empowers and satisfies.
That is because only God has all power. Everything we have derives from Him. We came into the world with nothing and we will leave with nothing (1 Timothy 6:7); but we only came because God gave us life (Acts 17:25). We owe everything to God who has enabled food to grow and strengthen our bodies. Every day our bodies 'auto-repair' from constant damage, using the complex mechanisms that God has implanted in us. Until we die, God provides for our physical and spiritual needs; and His mercies are freshly applied to our lives each day (Lamentations 3:21-24). But our greatest need, to be at peace with God today and through all eternity, is only met as we put our faith in Jesus.
But some may say, how do we access all of this rich Divine provision? The answer is simple: get to know God, He wants to provide for you! But, because He is so full of glory, we can only get to know Him on His terms (see www.crosscheck.org.uk to find out more). As we grow in faith, we need to understand that although His love is unconditional - His blessings are conditional upon our obedience to His Word. So to get to know Him, we need to get to know His Word, and obey it (Luke 11:28). That is why Peter is writing to Christians under persecution: they needed to know God in obedience so that they could receive His provision; enabling them to work with Him. And we need to do the same!

Dear Lord God. Thank You for being the complete resource for all of my life and for eternity. Please give me a desire to get to know You better by understanding, obeying Your Word, and giving You thanks each day. Please help me to receive Your merciful provision for my needs today and to learn to work with You. For Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams