‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.’ 2 Peter 1.3
Another wonderful truth revealed in this verse that we looked at yesterday, is that all we need has already been given to us. This probably raises two questions for you: what do you need that has already been given, and if you have been given it why don’t you feel you have it?
The answer to both these questions can be found in another phrase from this beautiful verse, which tells us that everything we need has been given ‘through our knowledge of him’. In other words, as you discover more of the presence of Jesus within you, you will discover that what is in Jesus is also in you. Peace is one example of this. At any given moment, despite wanting peace desperately you may feel that it is completely lacking. Telling your troubled soul that it already has peace despite how you are feeling is not very helpful! The answer is not so much to search for peace within you as to turn your attention to Jesus who lives within you by the presence of his Holy Spirit. If he is within you, then the peace that dwells in Jesus is also within you.
It may seem easier said than done, but to sit quietly for a few minutes, whispering the name of ‘Jesus’, brings a new consciousness of his presence to the forefront of your mind. As his presence comes – so does his peace, and all the other lovely things that you need to live a godly life.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission