16 October 2019 – 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)

16 October 2019 – 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)

Scripture

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. 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.

Reflection

Amazingly we are invited to “participate in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”  One the main ways that the world corrupts us is by distorting our very sense of what is good and desirable.

We are ‘corrupted’ when we desire the wrong things.

Distorted desires may include things like our careers, certain relationships, money, status, physical looks.  These may not bad in and of themselves, but the problem is when we place our desire for these worldly things above our desires for things of God.  So, Peter is writing for us to remove these distorted desires from our hearts and minds and instead participate in God’s divine nature, which is possible when we are in relationship with God and allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify our lives

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.