Texts: 2 Peter 1:3-4, Isaiah 40:26, 29-31
Introduction: His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3). All believers have been granted EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness. Not only are we given the gift of salvation but also access to everything that pertains to life and godliness through His divine power. May the Holy Spirit ignite in us the divine power that avails for us, Amen.
All Power belongs to God
Your life is in God’s hands and He is in control no matter what happens. He has the last say over our lives. In Psalm 62:12, not only does all power belong to him, unto him also belongs mercy. Exodus 15:6, Matt 28:18; Isa 40:26,29-31, Jer 32:17, Rev 19:1, Rev 12:10, Matt 6:13b, 2 Chron 25:8, Jeremiah 10:12, Jer 51:15, 1 Chron 29:11 22:33.
Divine Power for success in Life
Success is measured and defined differently by God not only in terms of achieving goals, acquiring wealth, and having prestige, favour, status, and secular power. God’s measure of success involves our obedience and faithfulness to Him, regardless of opposition and personal cost. His measure of success is whether or not we are being loyal to Him in our personal relationship with Him and in our life, and whether we are accomplishing His goals and purposes for our life. Deut 8:16-18; 2 Cor 9:8-10; Cor 1:18,24; Rom 15:13,19, Micah 3:8, Dan 6:27, Zech 4:6, 1 Chro 29:11 22:33; Ps 111:6
Divine Power for Godliness
Holiness and godliness will come naturally to us simply from believing in the salvation that came from Christ. Godliness produces grace and favour, constant energy, assurance of life, great confidence, unspeakable joy and unwavering peace. In a world full of stress and pressure, godliness is a sure-fire; and is comfortable for those who have accepted its grace. Life without godliness is a cheap substitute compared to what we are designed for. The power of enablement for a godly life comes from a risen CHRIST. Col.1:29; 2 Cor.3:5. We are also empowered by the Spirit to live a godly life. 2 Cori.3:6.2 Timothy 3:5; by ourselves we can’t.
The benefits of Godliness:
It has values both in this world and the next. 1 Tim. 4:8 It presents blessings. Titus. 3:8 The promise of future blessings. Titus. 2:11-13 Grace and truth are multiplied though the knowledge of God 2 Peter 1:1
Responsibility and dependence on the Divine power
The Bible teaches both total responsibility and total dependence in all aspects of Christian life. By ourselves we can’t (Zech 4:6; Isa 40:29-31). We have a responsibility to maintaining the divine power in us through knowing Him and His promises and abiding in Him. Heb. 1:9; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:22,23; Ephesians 6:10-18; Psalm 37:35-36; 2 Tim 1:7-8; John 15:4-5; I Tim 2:5; 1 Peter 1:22,23; Joshua 1:7,8, Eph 6:13-17,Rom 1:16; Psa 138:3; Eph. 3:20, 2 Cor 12:9; Luke 9:1, 10:19; Prov 3:5-6.
Conclusion: Power belongs to God. A firm conviction in God’s ever-present power can give one the right perspective to the solution needed to not just merely endure the times, but to use the times to grow, to overcome, to witness for God in the very best way (Acts 1:8). Are our lives full of godliness? If not, what knowledge are we lacking or not believing about Jesus that is keeping us from experiencing his glory and excellence?
JESUS IS LORD