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I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies. The waves of death engulfed me, the currents of chaos overwhelmed me. The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, the snares of death trapped me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried out to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help.
Are you in a dark place? Do you feel trapped, or as if “torrents of destruction are overwhelming you?” (vs. 4-NIV) Call to the Lord; cry out to God with everything you have. He hears, He knows, and He responds. No matter how alone you might feel, you are not alone; God is with you.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.
Today, take time to step through this verse and recognize the progression that is being described. Each piece in this verse builds upon another, and it will take diligence to integrate love into your lifestyle. The implication of this is that all of these building blocks work together for love, and each of them has a part to play to put the love of Christ on display. One step at a time, by grace through faith in Christ. He is with you.
From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours. May grace and peace be lavished on you as you grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! Believers’ Salvation and the Work of God I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.
Verse 3 says we were “called by His glory and goodness.” We did not devise our salvation plan, nor could we have. We can be courageous as we grow in our knowledge of Him who called us; that is, Christ Jesus our Lord. Get to know Jesus, it is through His promises that we live as new creations set apart and treasured for the glory of God. Through us knowing His promises, the Holy Spirit can take action and engage our lives toward living free in Christ rather than as slaves to sin.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.
You are a son or daughter of God. God’s family is your family. Belonging to Christ means that we are Abraham’s seed. This is a magnificent “grafting-in” to the original covenant made to Abram by God concerning his descendants. The one who promises and who saves us is the same God who promised Abram and delivered Isaac from harm on the altar. The God of the Old Testament is the Christ of the New. Same love, same God, same way through Christ.
—since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Today, pray verse 18 and 19 for all believers, especially yourself. Honestly, this verse leaves me reeling and amazed, awestruck and utterly dependent, grateful and engaged by a God who entrusted us with so much and loves us so much. Let this verse penetrate your heart and fill it with hope, belief, and understanding.