2 Peter: Day

Only his enough is enough

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Today's Text: 2 Peter 1:3-11

Text: 2 Peter 1:3-11

 

When was the last time you took a spiritual inventory?

“I’m pretty good most the time.” Except I hid the last piece of birthday cake in the back of the fridge so I could eat it.

“I know Him pretty well.”  Even though the only prayer I’ve uttered of late is, “Please let no one find that piece of cake.”

“I almost always practice self-control.”  Need I say it?  Cake.

“I stick to most things I start.”  Except for that Bible study that kind of petered out (pun intended).

“I try to be like God.” But cursed at that driver who cut me off.

“I’m kind and loving to others.”  Or at least when they are to me.

But here’s the trouble with that kind of thinking:  it gets you stuck.  And God doesn’t want us stuck, He wants us to grow.  He wants us to move forward.  He wants us to be useful and fruitful.  He wants us to make every effort to know Him better every day.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith. (1 Peter 1:5, NIV)
Add goodness.  (v. 5)  Do what you know to be right.
Add knowledge.  (v. 5)  Study the word.  Pray without ceasing.
Add self-control.  (v. 6)  Control your will and operate in the Spirit.
Add perseverance.  (v. 6)  See His tasks through, even when it’s hard.
Add godliness.  (v. 6)  Let others know to Whom you belong in your conduct.
Add mutual affection and love. (v. 7)  Give your time, talents and lives for others.

When we keep adding to our faith inventory, when we pursue Him more and more, when we are never willing to say, “That’s enough.  I’m good.” we will confirm our calling and election.

We will confirm His gift of redemption and promise of eternity.

We will say, “Lord, only you are enough.”

  • Jennifer

    I was lacking many things in my spiritual life. I started looking up online bible studies yesterday. I have a friend who has been doing this study and told me to look at it and it was amazing. I am already starting to see what she meant by amazing. The spiritual checklist is something I never thought of before. I am going to write it down and put it to where every morning and then every night I can make sure that I am using it. I have gone off track spiritually and found myself saying why did god do this if he loves me so much. I had to come back to my faith and realize I needed to find something more to help me get my spiritual life back on track. I think with this group I have found it. We have struggled and I needed a spiritual pick me up. I am going to be loving this. Thank you to the ones who make this happen. Great job.

  • Ellen MR

    Thank you SRT, for such a helpful, thought provoking study on this book!
    Being a “newbie” it gives me exactly what I need to know and what to try to attain in my walk. I like how clear and concise that Peter is in telling us to change our lives.
    We just have to be up for it!!
    Blessings Ladies!

    • Jesyka

      Glad you are here, Ellen MR! Thank you for sharing and thank you for encouraging and praying for others in this community!

  • Ellen MR

    This really is an important book, so informative! Peter says exactly what is needed to do and how to be- so simple.
    Soo very hard.
    But I’ll keep on trying!! ;)

  • Ellen MR

    Ibukun,
    Sorry to hear of your struggles, sweet sister! I’ll be praying for you, that something will change. May God bless you in unexpected ways!
    Thinking of you friend, today and everyday :)

  • Jacquie Snell

    I love how this is broken down into pieces and my spirit just had a feast! I confess my life in the word has been non existent since my depression has gotten better. I am so desperate for this time in the word! I want to add each of these attributes to my character. I love the promise “for if these things abound you will be neither barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of God.” Oh yes Lord I want to know you! For the example I am to my children and husband and friends; I need the knowledge of God!

  • jesusgirl71

    Hey ladies. I read yesterday's but didn't have time to comment. i saved this because I want to keep referring back to these qualities. I usually don't think of myself as overly good; i usually go to the opposite extreme. but I so want to get better at all of these!

  • Praying for you Ibukun…welcome Misha!

  • I’m very thankful for all of your comments on this very chapter in the bible. I’m new to the board and so hearing from you all helps my understanding of the word better. I’m still trying to understand certain things in my bible that leave me a little confused. But my eyes, ears, mind and heart are open to fully receive and understand God’s wonderful word. I’m becoming more excited. Thank you all and God bless.

    • Jesyka

      Misha,
      Welcome to the SRT community! So glad you are here.
      Praying that The Lord would help you to hear His voice as you are learning more and more about His word.
      Ask for His help when you are confused by something in the word. The Holy Spirit is our teacher.

  • I’m not enough! Only him, My Lord is enough! For him, by him, I should challenge myself everyday and pray for being a better learner everday!

  • Thought to drop by here quickly to ask for help from my sisters. I’ve hit rock-bottom in my finances (again) and these days it’s like I’m never in control. Your prayers are MORE than welcome. Feeling depressed, wrecked, weak-kneed. This is a legitimate cry for help.

    • Sue:)

      I am holding you up in prayer, Ibukun. May God's spirit shine on you and enlighten you, as you search for His wisdom in these circumstances. May a new door be opened to you, and an answer unfold as you turn to Him. In His name I pray, Amen.

    • Jesyka

      Ibukun-thank you for being vulnerable and asking for prayer! Praying that LORD would give you joy, peace, direction, and provision as you go through this season.
      He hears your cries, Ibukun. He is your provider and your helper. Hope in Him. He will not fail.

    • Carolynmimi

      Oh, Sweet Ibukun, Praying for you. This may be an attack from Satan…because of the Prayer !!!! Hang on to Jesus…

  • Thought to drop by here quickly to ask for help from my sisters. I’ve hit rock-bottom in my finances (again) and these days it’s like I’m never in control. Your prayers are MORE than welcome. Feeling depressed, wrecked, weak-kneed.

  • Philippa

    I so enjoyed this passage and was already floored at vs 3″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.”(NLT) he has given us everything we need for holiness.

    And interestingly the more we do/ push invs5-6 “In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.” (NLT) the more we know God. When we do nothing we lose touch of God and only see the sin HE HAS ALREADY FORGIVEN!

  • The inner dialogue Sarah wrote sounds verrrrry familiar. I can so easily get "stuck" in a dichotomy of sorts. On one hand, I want to go through the list and take pride in how well I'm doing compared to______(this person) or _______(the past). On the other hand, when I'm really honest…and the Holy Spirit is revealing my heart, I find myself deeply grieved over how far I am from measuring up; how far I will always be until I am finally released from the failings of my earthly "clothes."

    No I will never be "good enough." But I love the challenge. God wants us to continue to grow and fight and become better for His glory. And when I don't measure up, I know that I am still loved and precious to my Father. He's faithful to His promise, so I must get up, grow up and respond with action.

  • Text 2 Peter 1:3-11

    Today in 2 Peter 1:3-11 verse 4 jumped out at me. It’s my PROMISE to claim. Verse 4 says: Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

    My Take-Away Today: Through God’s promises I get to participate in God’s divine nature. When I allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through me, it’s life changing. God’s glorious reflection is revealed. The Holy Spirits power allows me to escape the evil and corruption in the world around me.

    My Prayer Today: Thank You Lord for Your power in my life. Help me to be all that You are calling me to be. In Jesus Name. Amen

  • I was really convicted about the reason behind the command to have virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc.

    Vs. 8 – These traits help our faith to be effective and fruitful.
    Vs. 9 – It helps us to recall our own cleansing. Those who are aware of the grace they have received are more likely to bestow grace on others.
    Vs. 10 – If we practice these qualities we will "never fall."
    Vs. 11 – We will be granted entrance into the Kingdom. And isn't this the greatest of God's "precious and very great promises."

  • Wow, ladies! There definitely is a reason I love this site — every one of your comments I learned a little more. It is so special to gain this wisdom of the ages, and see how it pertains today. I will never be perfect, but the blueprint is in place, and I choose to honor God by trying to walk this path (with His help) that Peter has set forth, step by step. Thankfully, He has given us the wisdom to take stock and not stagnate, all to point us to greater glory in His name.
    Simple, but mind blowing, as Hesta said.

    Thank you, Sarah, for breaking this down and making it so relatable.

  • This is exactly what I have needed. Lately I haven't been that good in my faith and haven't been doing anything about it. I read this yesterday and absolutely LOVED it. It has sparked my faith.

  • I love the idea of having a checklist of building blocks I can go back to to help my faith growing. Thank you for this new study, ladies!

  • Graphics

    Starting off with Verse 3 is the key to everything that follows..
    His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…

    HE gives us all things, and if we keep going back to that all of the legalism problems and pride problems dissolve. Also, He is the wise Father that gives us more freedom and more responsibility as we are ready.

    Much Grace Ladies

  • I too loved the "check" list for growth! It is such great news that we don't have to be "stuck" where we are at! This passage of scripture holds so many keys to living a successful Christ like life. God has enabled us now we just have to choose to walk in it with His power, His grace for every situation we face! If only we have mustard seed faith….. That's all it takes. This blows my mind so much so, that days I wonder, "why do I choose to be "stuck" in whatever muck it may be". Lord, I pray that your living word will penetrate our hearts and mind. That we would live in the Devine enabling you have already provided for us, for each one of us, your daughters! Thank you for your amazing love that covers all our sin. Thank you, Jesus, for your ultimate sacrifice that makes victory possible for us every day! Enable us today and each day to walk in your Spirit. Remind us when we are not trusting in your sufficient grace for our situation and give us the "want to" to do what you call us to do. We love you, Jesus! Thank you for leaving us your timeless word! In Jesus name, Amen!!!

  • Katie Unger

    I love the idea tht He is the one to give me these gifts: character, understanding, discipline, patience, kindness. They cannot run out or be taken from me, even when I fail to embrace and practice them in my daily walk. Thank you Lord Jesus for providing me with all I need to walk the way you want me to, may I love you and honor you by accepting, embracing, and developing these traits you so freely give to me.

  • rocknitat55

    My fingers hit submit by mistake… sorry

    Anyway I thinks its more important to consider who we can be in Christ using the
    Building blocks he gave us.

    Ladies enjoy your day.

  • rocknitat55

    I can honestly say that I relate to our devotion this morning.
    There was a time that I truly thought I had arrived… I was good!
    But the Word reminds us that there is no one good.. no not one!
    ‘All fall short of the glory of God’.

    The most awesometh thing about my revelation after coming to myself, and taking inventory.
    I didn’t have to remain stuck. Oh Jesus thank you for providing a way out. Thank you for providing me with Building Blocks in my Twilight years (1Pe 1:5-7):

    Add goodness.  (v. 5)  Do what you know to be right.
    Add knowledge.  (v. 5)  Study the word.  Pray without ceasing.
    Add self-control.  (v. 6)  Control your will and operate in the Spirit.
    Add perseverance.  (v. 6)  See His tasks through, even when it’s hard.
    Add godliness.  (v. 6)  Let others know to Whom you belong in your conduct.
    Add mutual affection & love. (v. 7)  Give your time, talents and lives for others.

    Sarah I like what you said about the importance of not getting stuck on ‘where we are, or who we aren’t

  • Excited about this new study!! Thankful that the Lord has promised to help me do this! I can do all things, including doing well on my spiritual inventory, through Christ who strengthens me!
    Already loving the journey, as Ruth said. God, open my eyes to see what I need to see and my ears to hear what I need to hear. May I live the kind of godly life that is pleasing and acceptable in your eyes. Amen.

  • Love this book of the Bible. So much wisdom to learn! Moral Excellence… I think today we are lacking so much in this area as women in the church. We need to be so careful not to compromise our values as to lead others down a wrong path. Everything we do is watched by others and we are responsible for our actions. I want to be sure and ask myself about books I read, music I listen to, TV, habits… Is it aboveboard, honorable, exemplary, praiseworthy, right, pure, and blameless? Will it lead others to the cross? I don’t want what I do to be okay, I want it to be Excellent in His eyes! I want others to see Jesus in me and through me!

  • Carolynmimi

    I heard a sermon once on this passage and it stuck–some do, some don't–there is a reason for the "growth pattern" illustrated here. First comes faith, without that it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) then grow in goodness so that when you grow in knowledge you aren't just trying to one up someone at church with your ability to find that passage first or recite the text verbatim…or without godliness, how can my mutual affection and love be rooted in God's Love……and so forth..through the list…but also this progression doesn't end …when I hit LOVE…obviously, I never have so much faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, love….that I can quit growing. It isn't a check off list for sure.

    Love this Study already, Thanks SRT Team!

    Wrote this before reading any other comments. Heading back to see what's up and what wonderful insights I find from my sisters here at SRT. Love to you all.

  • Definitely taking a spiritual inventory today! What a way to come back to the group! Much needed!

  • I, too, loved the "recipe" as Ruth put it for our spiritual growth and I love the idea of taking inventory and adding to our spiritual inventory! Another passage that stood out to me was "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." Given us EVERYTHING we need… Wow. How many times a day do I say "I need that…" (insert item of clothing, new product, kitchen appliance, etc.) or how many times do I envy another person's [insert whatever] and have a pity party because I wish I could have that. Peter says no, that's not where true contentment comes from. True contentment and full satisfaction comes from His divine power and our knowledge of Him. He has given us EVERYTHING we need!

    I need to keep these truths close to my heart today!!

  • I never comment but I so appreciate the She reads truth community & all it has done for my life. Today’s reading really is the secret to life, or at least the secret to MY life right now. I definitely need to take inventory on a daily basis!

    • Jesyka

      Ashley-
      Thank you so much for sharing! So glad that you are a part of the SRT community!

  • Ruth Rouchard

    I love this. It was as if Peter was saying “Ladies, check yourselves!” how easily we drift into the corrupt currents of our culture. Here Peter gives us women a check list, I think God knows women like check lists! He writes it also almost like a recipe also; for an abundant life add the following to your faith, 1. Virtue 2. Knowledge 3. Self-Control 4. Perseverance 5. Godliness. This gives us a reference point and a way to check our spiritual inventory. What I love the most about this passage are the beautiful promises attached to these for those who make the effort to pursue this lifestyle Peter is calling us to:

    V.3 – all things that pertain to life

    V.4 – partakers of a divine nature

    V.4 – freedom from the corruption of this world

    V. 8 – a promise of never being barren or unfruitful in life

    V. 10 – a promise of not stumbling into a pit

    V.11 – an abundant entrance into the kingdom of our Lord

    Awesome. May we focus on the promises and the benefits as our motivation and encouragement to pursue our spiritual inventory as Peter admonishes us to.

    Loving the journey.

    • Julia

      awesome! thanks Ruth

    • Carolynmimi

      Love this insight Ruth.

    • Jennifer

      Wow – amazing insight Ruth! I do love checklists, but have to be careful not to get caught in the legalism that can easily ensnare me. Too often I find myself thinking that my only options are either 100% failure or 100% success. But I know it is a process, a LIFE-LONG process, that is confirming me to Christ.

      Focusing on the blessings is an amazing perspective. What great promise or Father makes, and is faithful to carry out. Those are the reasons I pray I can focus on to keep running this race with perseverance!

      • rocknitat55

        Yep jennifer, I love Ruth’s insight, but I can definetly identify with you and the list.
        Its sooo easy for me to get into completing the tasks at hand, then if I don’t then I get Stuck.
        Oh but concentrating on the promises! Blessings

      • jesusgirl71

        Oo good point! I have that problem with checklists too. Was raised ni a legalistic church. thanks for the reminder to be careful.

    • Pam

      Amen Ruth. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth

    I am never up this early! Busy day today. Thankful for the quiet moments while my child still sleeps.

    I don't want to be stuck. I can definitely recognize my own growth over the past couple of years, and truly, since finding this community 6 months ago. But of course, there is ALWAYS room for more growth and I pray this is only the beginning for each of us.

    Have a great day ladies!

  • He doesn't want us stuck, He wants us to grow… I love the idea of a 'faith inventory'. I pray that I may grow in Him, and be useful and fruitful to Him.

  • Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8 NASB)

    Each time I read this it reminds me of Fruit of the Spirit mentioned by Paul in Galatians 5:22-25. I also see this mental picture of us being the branches and Jesus the Vine and the advice He gives us, initially given to His earlier disciples, that we are to abide in Him (John 15:1-11ff).He truly is our Source and apart from Him we cannot do anything.

  • Hesta Coetzee

    Woooowww! Mindblowing! So simple yet so difficult! I see myself in your description.

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