In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


Tuesday August 31, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional

How the Truth Can Set You Free
2 Peter 1:1-4

Peter tells us that full freedom is possible. The reason is that Jesus, by His divine power, "has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us" (2 Peter 1:3).

Oftentimes people say, "I would like to become a Christian, but I don't dare start because I know I couldn't live up to all that's required." Of course they couldn't. That is precisely why this generous promise is given. God says that you and I have been granted everything we will ever need to live a victorious Christian life. This glorious provision, however, begins only after our initial salvation. We have to take the plunge of faith before the power is released. Once we have taken that step of believing in Christ, all things are available, including courage, forgiveness, vision, wisdom, and a deepening trust in God.

Such a promise is hard to comprehend because it seems too good to be true. Many pass it by with hardly a nod. Others look askance and wonder how to apply it. As with all promises, you must accept it before you can act upon it. And while recognizing the promise as yours is one thing, executing it in your daily life is quite another matter. Ultimately, it is realized by the full experiential knowledge of Jesus as we hunger and thirst for the living water He supplies. Only when we will not be content with the broken cisterns of this world will we find the fullness of this promise working in us.

 

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