Summary: Sermon talkes about God provides everything we need in life and in right standing with God. He provides the faith we need need for our starting point and gives us his salvation but encourages us to add 8 characteristics
Valley Grove Assembly of God
July 20, 2014
Dr. Marilyn S. Murphree
All We Need in All Ways
Last week we talked about living in the sufficiency of God whether it was money needed to pay our bills or whether it was a sense of peace and calmness in our life or health and wellness for our bodies.
Today’s scripture in II Peter 1:1-12 is similar but has a little different slant on the idea of God’s provision for us. In verse 3 Peter says to them, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”… Another version says, “We have everything we need for life and righteousness. Our life is what we talked about last week. Why did he say you have been given everything for life AND righteousness. What does righteousness mean? In my research of this verse I found that the best definition of righteousness simply means our right standing with God. People will often say, “I can’t be a Christian because I can’t live it.” God has provided all that we need to become a Christian in the first place and to maintain it and grow. A verse that tells us that is Ephesians 2:8, 9 “FOR BY GRACE (God’s unmerited favor) are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Someone once told us, “I don’t need a Savior. I can save myself.” That is not scriptural for this verse says, not of works that we do lest any man should boast. He has provided the salvation we need to put us in right standing with God and even gives us the faith for our starting point. He has provided everything we need for life and right standing. John Wesley said, “salvation is just the beginning.” A lot happens after that as Peter points out in this chapter. He is writing to Christians. He doesn’t say who these Christians are but says, “I write to you whose experience is as life changing as ours.” He doesn’t say if they are new believers or long time believers, but he lets them know that God has given them everything they need to live a life pleasing to God. He said you have been called by God and you responded. Peter calls them to an active and progressive participation in this salvation. Some people think that all they need to do is to be baptized and join a church. “Got that taken care of” they say and think as long as their name is on some church membership roll that is all that is necessary. Peter says I want to remind you that you are saved by faith but the saving faith does not continue by itself. He says, “I want you to make every effort to ADD to your faith. Faith is the starting point but many people will not put forth the effort. He said you have been given “exceeding great and precious promises—your ticket to participation in the life of God after you turned from sin.