God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. This power was given to us through knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and integrity. Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.
Because of this, make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love. If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive.
In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
Good times, bad times, you know I had my share.
What have I learned from all my experiences?
Jesus Christ is all we need.
He’s all we’ve ever needed.
He’s all we’ll ever need.
He is all in all.
He fills us and completes us in everyway.
What motivates you?
What gets your motor running?
What stirs your heart to action?
My love for God is my bedrock.
Nothing else really matters.
I’ll die someday.
I can’t control what other people do or say.
So I’ll just follow God and see what happens.
It’s actually easier than trying to live a selfish, self-centered life.
I don’t have to figure out what I want.
I can just be thankful for what God provides.
I don’t have to hustle and strive to get ahead.
I can just follow the Spirit’s gentle leading and know that God will be glorified in the process.
I don’t have to compare myself to others and jockey for position.
I can just trust God and know that what He has for me is what’s best for me.
I can give up control.
What a waste of time and effort and resources that is, trying to pretend like you’re in control.
Maybe I wish I had a vehicle again.
Maybe I wish I had some other clothes.
But really, who cares?
I still get where I need to go.
I’m not naked and out on the streets.
God’s been good to me.
I think in our Western, materialistic society, we forget the purpose of things.
They’re supposed to serve a purpose.
They’re not a purpose unto themselves.
When did food become entertainment?
When did fueling our bodies become an obsession?
Hunger should motivate us.
A hunger for God.
A hunger for righteousness.
Feeding ourselves is a necessity, not a hobby or sport.
Where do we get our power?
Is it from the food or is it from God?
God created everything.
Therefore, we get it from God.
Worship the Creator, not the Creation.
What is our reward?
Is it a satisfied stomach?
A good night’s sleep?
What are we working towards?
The promise of a distant Heaven someday when we die?
The reward is the motivation.
To be with God.
I am motivated to be united with God.
My reward is that I am in God and God is in me.
And God gives us the power to do so.
So the motivation, power and reward are all Christ.
And we are His.
And He is reconciling us back to Himself through Christ.
Christ in us is doing the work of maturing us into the fullness of Christ’s character.
We are the love of God personified.
We are the Church of the Redeemed.
Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph.