Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Holly Campbell

30 Nov

Week 1: Hope
Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 119:9-24
2 Peter 1:1-11

I spent much of my Christian life living a rollercoaster of emotion—one season being a high from worship experiences that made me feel inseparable from Christ, often followed by a season of lows after I “messed up” again and felt a thousand miles from the presence of God. It took me a while to get out of this patterned mindset that enslaved me, and at times I still do not feel worthy of God’s goodness in my life. But, through my growth in my relationship with Christ and reading the Word, I am reminded that the birth of Christ brought hope into our lives. God brought His son to live among us, in the midst of our sinful nature, so that we can be freed of our wickedness and rest in His glory and truth.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” I am blown away by this passage—that our perfect and Holy God has provided everything that we could possibly need for our spiritual growth through the knowledge of Jesus. He desires for us to truly know Him and gives us the opportunity to “become partakers of the divine nature,” and to escape worldly corruption that surrounds us. It encourages me to think that God wants us to be a part of His divine nature through a personal relationship with Him and, therefore, gives us an exit plan from the sin in our lives and the corruption that influences us on a daily basis. All He asks in return is for us to follow Him. (Matt. 9:9, 16:24) So, if God gives us this opportunity, how do we partake or participate in the “divine nature” on a daily basis?

As we walk with Jesus on a daily basis, Simon Peter gives us practical ways to remain steadfast in our walk and grow in our Christian virtues. He knows from personal experience that we humans are prone to stumble and fall away from our relationship with God, which is why he seeks to encourage the readers to practice these virtues daily. Moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love are all virtues Simon Peter encourages us to practice—not just one at a time, but all in sync together (2 Peter 1:5-8). As we acknowledge the hope that Christ has given to us and remain diligent in our walk with Him, these virtues should simply be outward expressions of an inward work He has done within us.

Throughout the Advent season and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, may we spend time thinking about these virtues and which one(s) we could focus on more in our lives, and how we can actively pursue these in our daily routines.

-HC

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3 Responses to “Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Holly Campbell”

  1. Annie Freeman November 30, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    What a great reminder of 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” He equips and sustains!

  2. Katie December 1, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    So good and practical Holly, thanks for the reminder!

  3. James Mista J Hobson December 2, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    “As we acknowledge the hope that Christ has given to us and remain diligent in our walk with Him, these virtues should simply be outward expressions of an inward work He has done within us”
    Amen HOLLY CAMPBELL!

    #Preachtheword

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