Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-11

As I pondered “power” yesterday, I thought about all the ways the Holy Spirit inspires, protects, enlightens, and empowers me to live a faithful life.

The power comes from one source and then “flows” in many directions for many purposes.

Yesterday, I identified with this messy power strip, to be honest. On Sundays (and every day) I depend on God’s power to sustain me through the miracles and the mess. I trust that what the Holy Spirit has taught me in the last week will “flow” from me so that the congregation may participate in that power too. I expect that the same Spirit will inspire my prayers and words. I hope that God’s power will give me the enough grace to handle all the unexpected situations. As I lead worship, pray for folks, do unexpected administrative tasks, hold and shake hands, offer peace, and preach God’s Word, I know the faith-goodness-knowledge-self control-endurance-godliness-mutual affection-love FLOW is at work.

3 [God’s] divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature. 5For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. 8For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 2:3-9)

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