2 Peter 1:5-7
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness...
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
1 Chronicles 16:23-36, Psalm 33:8, Psalm 119:120, Proverbs 9:10
ADD GODLINESS - AWE & REVERENCE
Many times the biggest hindrance to the life of the modern day believer is the casual attitude we hold concerning God. Truth be told, it is extremely easy to go about our day so focused on God being one who prospers our faith that we tend to forget that He is also one who disciplines our sins. Even to our detriment, we have become comfortable with the concept of God being our friend and full of grace, while ignoring the truth that He is still God, capable of manifesting Himself with irresistible wrath. The word godliness in 2 Peter 1 challenges this mindset and demands that we recognize and reverence the full scope of God's character. In the original text godliness is the Greek Word eusebeia, which means to revere and be in awe of. Thus, intimacy with God should never give way to casual familiarity and/or lack of respect for His unequalled authority and power.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For whatever reason Christians today attempt to redefine scripture to fit their comfort and/or personal narratives. However, doing so it often causes the believer to live in a false reality concerning who God is. Contrary to popular opinion, the road to true wisdom in life will always start with a healthy fear for the authority and power of God. Until we acknowledge, respect, and revere God's unequalled majesty and power we will never truly live consistent godly lives. To fear God means that we recognize His total authority, while at the same understanding our total dependency on Him. There is no power like God. He is the source of everything that exist. To live godly means that we live fully aware of this reality. And it is out of this awareness that we are to walk out our salvation in obedience to His majesty and power.
An example of this type of awe can be seen in the angles of heaven who cry "Holy" every time they see God. Holy is an expression of awe and amazement. This is especially note worthy because scripture declares they have cried out this word of amazement continually since the beginning of time. Every time they look at God, they are struck with awe. This reveals to us God's commitment to
Have an Impactful Day!
Name three things that you witnessed in the past 24 hours that demonstrate the God's unequalled greatness.
Call one person and share a testimony of something only God could do in your life.
LORD, I thank You for the grace to always be aware of how great You are in my life. Help me to never take for granted the work of Your hands. In Jesus' Name. Amen.