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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Participate in the Divine Nature

Hello Friends,

This week's bible study for the Take Me Deeper group at His Kingdom Come is 2 Peter 1:3-4.

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness 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 and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." (NIV)

Talk about power-packed sentences! My little brain can only process, really process, a tidbit at a time. I honed in on "so that ... you may participate in the divine nature". How cool is that! I can have the nature of God. I can participate in things HE wants to do. If HE wants to heal, my yielded hands can heal. If HE wants to encourage, my yielded mind can be filled with HIS thoughts and poured out through my mouth. If HE weeps over a person or situation, my yielded heart can weep with those who mourn. I actually get to do God-stuff in this weak human form. I don't know about you, but that makes me want to do the Snoopy dance. Instead I drew this little dancing girl in my bible.

Galatians 5:16-17 (The Passion Translation) puts it like this:

"As you yield freely and fully to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life. For your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit's intense cravings hinder your old self-life from dominating you! The Holy Spirit is the ONLY ONE who defeats the cravings of your natural life. So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit."


The more I yield to Holy Spirit, the more I am filled with God's divine nature and able to participate in the wonderful works of His Kingdom. It's not about trying to do better. It's not about beating myself up for being weak. All I have to do is tip back my head and drink of His Glory. The Holy Spirit's INTENSE CRAVINGS within me are greater than the cravings of my self-life. So then, being continually filled is vital. I still have to choose to do right, but the more yielded I am to precious Holy Spirit, the easier that becomes.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope I have inspired you in some way. Whether anything I have said to this point speaks to you, please hear this:

You are beautiful and you are loved. You really and truly are.

Blessing hugs,

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