By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
I have a Life Application study bible. I love the way it summarizes this verse:
"The power to grow doesn't come from within us, but from God. Because we don't have the resources to be truly godly, God allows us to be "partakers of the divine nature" in order to keep us from sin and help us live for him. When we are born again, God by his Spirit empowers us with his own moral goodness."
Have you ever wondered how far you could get in this Christian life without the Holy Spirit? It's been at work within us even before we actually believed. Were it not for the Holy Spirit, our eyes would never be opened to our need for Christ to begin with. Once we understand that need, it is the Holy Spirit that works within us to draw us toward knowing and accepting that truth personally. Then, it is when we've accepted Christ that the Holy Spirit indwells us and helps to guide us to live each day for Him, beginning the very moment we believe. How I praise God for this incredible gift!
It's never too late if you wish to take part in the Scripture Memory Challenge. It was started by Beth Moore on her blog as a means growing in her walk with Christ throughout the year. On the first and fifteenth of every month, those wishing to take part choose a verse they want to commit to memory. As a means of accountability, simply go to her blog, comment with your verse including its version (NIV, etc.) then add your name and city & state. To date, there are over 3,000 participants! We'd love to have you, too!