grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus, our Lord.

Verse 3: His divine nature has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. So if you’re living a godly life, why is that? If you’re living, and you have that relationship, that intimacy with God, why is it? It’s not because you were such a great person or you earned this somehow. It says that His divine power granted that to you. In fact, I love this phrase, He’s granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. So God’s divine nature has given everyone in this room who calls himself a believer in Jesus Christ, He’s given everything you need for a godly life. Do you believe that? Do you believe God has given everything you need for life and godliness? It’s in the Word of God. So then, the question is if you’re not living a godly life, whose fault is that? That’s right. Your wife. Your husband. Your kid. Your whatever. Your pastor. We do this. We blame, don’t we? And we say, ‘Well, if only my friends, they were supposed to hold me accountable…they didn’t call me just in time…’ I hear the excuses all the time, and I’m going, ‘Wait a second. Let’s stop here. What does the Bible say?’ God has given you everything, everything you need, all things that pertain to life and godliness.

Turn to 1 Corinthians chapter 3, if you have your Bibles. I want to point something out to you because this has been a wrestle of mine. Sometimes, I pray to God as though He were stingy. Sometimes, I pray to God as though He’s like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to give you power over that sin. I don’t know if I really want to. I’m holding back some of My power right now, trying to save up for the end times…’ You know, like there’s some sort of- You know what I mean? Is He going to give me this, is He going to give me that? And we talk to Him as though we have to talk Him into something rather than it being His desire. And He’s saying, ‘I gave you everything. I gave you freely.’ 1 Corinthians 3 verse 21: It says, “Let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” [1 Corinthians 3:21 ESV]

Paul is saying, ‘What are you fighting about?’ Well, I think this guy should…I think this guy…I think this, this, this…When you’re talking about people, he goes, ‘Don’t you understand? It’s not this quarrel over who’s better than who. It’s all about this God who’s given you everything. He’s given you life, death, the