God’s Promises

Knowing Jesus, Part 2

Last week (click here to read it) we asked the question: Who has the top spot in your life?

We ended the blog by looking at this incredible promise found in Ezekiel 36:

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

Ezekiel 36:25-27, NLT

God promises to clean up the mess we’ve made of our lives, to remove the heart that got us into that mess and give us a new heart, and then put His Spirit in us to keep us from messing up our new heart.

Sometimes this feels like a sudden, overnight miracle, but most often, it happens bit by bit as we learn to lean into Jesus through a process described in 2 Peter 1.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises …

2 Peter 1:3-5, NLT

Let’s break this passage down a bit to see how it works. The first thought is:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.

2 Peter 1:3-4, NLT

God has given you everything you need for living the way He wants you to live. It is all dependent on His divine power – not on your efforts.

So, how do you get His divine power to work in your life? Reading on:

We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

2 Peter 1:3-4, NLT – emphasis mine

“All this” refers back to “everything you need for living a godly life.” You receive this by coming to know Jesus.

Did you catch that? Everything you need to live like God wants you to live comes through knowing Jesus! This is what He what He was getting at when He said:

“… I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

Revelation 3:20, CSB

Everything of value to your spiritual life comes as a result of knowing Jesus and spending time with Him! Let’s read on:

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.

2 Peter 1:3-4, NLT

What is it He has given us? “… great and precious promises”! I don’t know how many promises there are in Scripture, but I know it numbers in the thousands.

Some of these promises are conditional – that means their power is only released into your life when you meet the conditions – or follow the instructions – God gives. This is called obedience. Others are given without condition.

And what is so special about these promises? Peter goes on to say:

These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

2 Peter 1:3-4, NLT

These promises are the stepping stones that lead you down the path to a closer relationship with God and enable you to adopt God’s value system.

So, what is Peter telling you?

  • God has given you everything you need to live the life He wants you to live.
  • You receive the power to do this by getting to know Jesus better.
  • God’s promises are the way you get to know Jesus better and are the keys that unlock His power to change your life.

Why not make this a priority this week. Find some promises and focus on them, maybe even memorize them and see what a difference they make!