Established in the Present Truth
"Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth." II Peter 1:12
We live in a world where deception is all around us. The only way to avoid being deceived is to discover the present truth Peter talks about so we can remind ourselves of these sayings until they are established within us. Do not listen to other people’s second hand information, but be convinced for yourself.
God’s Word became flesh and dwelt among us; His name is Jesus (John 1:14). When we study, meditate and speak God’s Word, we become like Jesus; it is our life creed. We may live life from ideas in our belief system formed by a misguided world system. It takes practice to shift the old ideas into the Word of the Lord.
Present Truth: II Peter 1:2-8
1. The deeper knowledge we receive about God, the more of His grace and peace we experience. Focus on greater revelation and automatically experience more grace and peace. God designed us for growth. Knowledge is the same as the eyes of our understanding. Paul’s prayer was for God to give everyone the spirit of wisdom, revelation in the knowledge of Christ and the understanding of that knowledge (Ephesians 1:17-18). Jesus said, “Give us this daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Bread is the ability to understand God’s knowledge. As we receive God’s knowledge, He satisfies our mouth with good things and our youth is renewed like the eagles (Psalm 103:5).
2. God’s divine power has given believers all things necessary for life and godliness. Recognize this truth and affirm it to be so! By Divine power of the Holy Spirit, I have access to everything and anything. By His power released in me, all things are possible and I have what I say. I am called to His glory and virtue. Isaiah said, “…every one that is called by My name; for I have created you for my glory” (Isaiah 43:7). Glory is a wealthy attitude of supernatural peace, power, plenty and purpose; it is the will of God for us.
3. The Lord gives us great and precious promises. II Peter 1:40 tells us, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. We receive the provision of His promises by the Holy Spirit. By understanding that the Holy Spirit is our receiving ability, the provisions and the promises become our reality. When a promise is received it is a scriptural fact. We now live in a continuous supply of God’s promises without strain and struggle.
4. I’m receiving the provision of the promises of Christ my Lord. By His Divine nature recognized, affirmed and acted upon, we escape the corruption in this world. Corruption is destruction. The world is a system of demonic humanism that causes us to be fearful, rebellious, jealous, judgmental and critical. We escape because the revelation of Jesus Christ reveals that this system is dead (Romans 6:6). The work of the devil is destroyed and can only control us by the lack of God’s knowledge and understanding. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to be ourselves without fear, regret or judgment and He leads us into creativity to experience God’s nature.
5. Exercise your faith to develop virtue: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, kindness and self-control. These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, attributes to live our lives. Holy Spirit, I can’t do this on my own. I release You to do it in me. You are my strength to love and be patient. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us, we shall never be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Your faith, love and joy, released in us to tap into for life. Your power in me is much greater than anything on earth. I say this by Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.