Signs Following

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When we as a Christian people find ourselves in need, we look to God in humble reliance and prayer. Our belief is set in the context of His promises. The Apostle Peter wrote that God’s, “…divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Pet 1:3-4).

 The incredible goal of Peter, was to show us the process of getting our needs met, our lives engaged and our ministries growing to advance the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. He tells us that; because we have escaped a corruption that is in the world through sensual lust and arrogance, we may be partakers of the “divine nature”. You might ask, “what is a divine nature?” Well, that is a good question, because it kinda sounds like we become godlike …and in a way we do.

 The divine nature is life by God’s promises.

 Not a set of doctrines, but a level of reality where God’s facts become your facts. Notice that in Peter’s statement about God’s power meeting our needs, that they are hinged to our knowledge of Him. Our knowledge of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit lays the platform for the divine nature to have influence in and upon us. Now before you get concerned about how little you know about God, realize Peter is not talking about trivial information, but intimate relationship. The stuff that connects our hearts together. What you know about God should not be based upon data or trivial facts, but evidence that has been proven through personal relationship. You have escaped corruption to become God’s child. As sons and daughters, we relate to our Father with a bold awareness of promised access and privileges… eating at His table, asking whatever we desire and resting our heads upon His breast. These are the joys of fellowship with God. It is rich and full of spiritual knowledge that renews our minds and transforms our behavior. We begin to live out of this new set of priorities, “facts” if you will, that are experienced in His Presence, but become our reality.

 Knowing our Heavenly Father intimately, trusting Christ passionately and following the leading of the Holy Spirit completely; these are the tools that accomplish a lifestyle of partaking of the divine nature. His reality is becoming our reality! Its increasing daily and the fruit of this kind of lifestyle becomes a resource for everyone we come into contact with.

  • “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
  • “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mk 16:17-18)

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