Option Two- Week of July 4th

Here is the passage that launched this message about what God has provided for us. Read it carefully a couple of times.

3 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. 4 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.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)

In light of this, look at the following instructions in 2 Peter 1:5-10, printed in the message notes. Next, take a hard look at the eight qualities that God wants us to develop by “making every effort.” Look at each one and then ask yourself how you are doing, evaluating your effort as distant, dabbling, distracted or devoted – be honest!

Pick one or two of the qualities that you know you should work on. You may want to ask someone in your Small Group to pray with you as you focus on developing these further.

Here are a couple of passages that reinforce the value of giving our very best effort to pursuing full devotion to following Christ:

28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

Colossians 1:28-29 (NLT)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT)

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