Father, today I give myself to You as a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to [You].” And as Paul proclaims, this is my “true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 May I heed Your calling and direction throughout this day. Amen.
2 Peter 1:4 (<<click here)
As I read this passage, Lord, I realize I know this but it is good to be reminded that I know it. if I honestly look at myself from a spiritual perspective, I am utterly helpless. As verse 3 states, it is only by Your “divine power” that I can live a “godly life.” Only because You so graciously “share [Your] divine nature” can I “escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”
In reality, it goes against everything we are taught in our society. We are taught to be independent but in our relationship with You, we must be dependent upon You. Even with years of experience, without You, I cannot stand against the onslaught of sin – even for a relatively short period of time. Without my hand firmly place in Yours, sin will trip me up every time.
A majority of the time I truly want to stand tall and not yield but my “human desires” to readily get the upper hand. Too often I think “Why didn’t I say ‘no’?” after I have already said “yes” and acted out the “yes” instead of the “no”. Only by sharing in Your “divine nature”, only by Your “divine power”, only by being dependent upon You – only then can I succeed. Being in a relationship with You can I be victorious.
Without the intervention of more mature individuals, infant humans would be doomed. They cannot care for themselves. They cannot feed themselves, or clothe themselves, or protect themselves – they are totally helpless. To thrive and survive they are dependent on the help of others to provide for them.
Lord, I admit I am dependent upon You. I am incapable of surviving, much less thriving, without You. I willing give myself to You.
Mar 7th, Tues, 6:18 am