2 Pet 1:3 "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue."
This blows me away. God's divine power, His awesome strength, His dynamic ability has done a work in my life…in every believer's life and this is the work: He has given to each one of us everything that we need to live life and to be godly.
As I sit here and think about all of the junk we seem to struggle with: Habits, attitudes, motivation, conflict in relationships, fear, doubt, anything that you can imagine that may be a negative pull in our lives…God has overcome it all. His divine power, His awesome strength, His dynamic ability has given us a gift. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. We are not empty. We are not wanting. We are not bankrupt. We are victorious. We are conquerors. We are able to rise above. Frankly, we have it all. He has given us not just a few things to live life and be godly. He has not given us just some things to live life and be godly. He has given us everything that is necessary to live life and be godly. This is a "great and precious promise" (v4). This is something that we can claim. This is something that we can throw in the enemy's face when we are struggling, when we are tempted, when we are conflicted, when we don't know if we can make it. We can make it. We will make it. Because He has done it.
How? Through the knowledge of Him who called us by or literally for the sake of glory and virtue. As we get to know God, as we draw near to Him by getting to know Jesus, because Jesus is the exact representation of His nature, we are going to live godly lives and these lives will reflect His glory and virtue. Now that is heavy stuff. It just shows the importance of building my relationship with Christ. It just shows how centered I should be in getting to know Him better, in spending time with Him, in listening and talking to Him. As this occurs a transformation takes place and I will be begin to see the things that God has given me to live a godly life.
That is why it is sad when I or any other believer falls for the trap of being stuck. Stuck in an attitude or a habit or a sin. This is not necessary and it is not what God has called us to. He has called us to live life, live it abundantly and live it Biblically. We have victory. We have everything…literally everything we need for life and godliness.
So get out of that stinking rut and live.