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Free To Be Godly

2 Peter 1:4
Through these [God's glory and goodness] he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (NIV)

Because God is wonderful in every way, He does not keep us in the dark about His intentions. He not only wants to provide for us, but also to enable us to become like Him in purity of character. The world is still full of evidence of God's good creation, but it was corrupted when humans first sinned (Genesis 3:17-19) and the mess continues to spiral out of mankind's control. The worst of it is not in ecological pollution or global warming, but in the deeply rooted, sin-selfish rottenness of humanity.
But God does not want anybody to perish in the swamp of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus was sufficient to win salvation for everybody who will repent and believe the gospel. His plan was to release people from the burden of guilt and the habits of wickedness. In other words, we do not have to be perpetual victims of the lust to do what is wrong. However much the world and the flesh wants to push us into evil, the power of God is available to enable us to resist (Romans 6:14, 1 Corinthians 10:13). Even if the habits of a lifetime continue to drag us into sin, God promises to release those who repent and believe His promises (Titus 2:11-14).
Many Christians struggle against external temptation and internal passions. So this is important news. The battle is not won by our will-power (although that will be strengthened as we repent and trust), but by God's power. It is He who changes our hearts as we believe His promises, and cooperate with Him. But repeated failure brings a spiritual apathy which Satan exploits and tells us that we will never be different. And don't forget that if you think like that sometimes, what about other believers? They may work with you or live near you, but hardly dare to hope that they might be freed from besetting sins, and walk confidently with the Lord again. So, share this message with them, and encourage them to believe what God has promised.

Father God. I am glad to be reminded that I do not have to let sin dominate my life. Thank you for Your promises of release for 'captives'. Help me to trust You with all of my heart, so that You may work what is good in my life. I also pray for my Christian friends who have been defeated and no longer struggle against temptation. Please help me to help them see that Your precious promises are for them also. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams