HIS divine power
EVERYTHING we need
for life and godliness
through our knowledge of HIM who
CALLED us by his own
and goodness. Through these
HE has given us his very great and precious
so that through them you may
participate in the DIVINE nature and
ESCAPE the corruption in the world
for this very reason make every effort
to add to your FAITH
GOODNESS and to goodness
KNOWLEDGE and to knowledge
SELF-CONTROL and to self control
PERSEVERANCE and to perseverance
GODLINESS and to godliness
and to brotherly kindness
There are days when I wonder why me Lord? Why would you call me to open an orphanage in Uganda when I’ve been a housewife and mom all my life and live in Texas. How am I going to know how? I’ve known from the first “yes Lord I will go” that it is HE who does this work through me. I just surrender to him and listen carefully for the whispers of the Holy Spirit working in me. I trust that he gives us everything we need. I lean with all my weight on the promises of God. I didn’t always escape the corruption in the world. We’ve been buffeted by much evil and at times it felt like we were in the grip of it. However this experience has given us knowledge. In the movie, The Princess Bride, Wesley is leading Buttercup through the fire swamp, and he casually says, “now we know the popping sound that precedes the fire”. In this ministry, I’ve learned to recognize the popping sound in Uganda of someone using us to fund their personal life. But there are still “rodents of unusual size”. As we persevere and occasionally touch on godly choices rather than the worldly ways we are challenged with brotherly kindness. It is easy to be kind to those who are kind to us, however to show brotherly kindness to those who have committed great crimes against us is quite a summit for the heart. My prayer has been to move as far away from the thug and muzei. But they are in my heart and mind and I must obey God. So, here I am challenged to have brotherly kindness in my heart so that LOVE can prevail over all. I understand that’s what I am asked to do. OK I can do it but I see a bloody flow that first needs healing by Jesus. Some days I am still crying in pain. Others I am able to feel glimmers of the kindness that moves towards love. Again the word, PERSEVERE comes forward. And I will because I trust God’s promises, and right after verse 7 He promises:
v8-9 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
What do I have if I don’t hold onto the promises made by God? a shallow faith. No thanks.