God Doesn’t Need Our Permission to Do Anything

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Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves

from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Cor. 7:1

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Pet. 1:4

Heavenly Father, I’ve been thinking about your promises lately, so generously and abundantly given in the Bible. I now see and grieve, how as a young follower of Jesus, bad teaching led me to think of you as far more passive than you actually are.

I prayed as though you were patiently waiting for me to tell you what to do. Your hands were bound by the limitations of my faith and the disposition of my will. But if I “gave you permission” and “claimed the promises” without negative thoughts or a wavering will, you’d freely spring to action. Silly me, you don’t need anyone’s permission to do anything. You even give to us in our sleep.

All of your promises direct our gaze to Jesus, who is the ultimate “Yes!” to every promise you’ve made (2 Cor. 1:20). Hallelujah, we don’t claim your promises—they claim us. Your promises remind us of all the things you’ve committed to do to bring glory to yourself. If we’re going to “name and claim” anything, may it be for your kingdom to come and will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Thankfully, your promises are primarily about you changing us, not us programming you. Through your promises, we increasingly “share in your divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4)—that is, you’re making us more and more like Jesus. By your promises, we can escape the corruption in the world, not simply accumulate more of its treasures.

Father may our “standing on your promises” lead to living under your authority and loving our neighbors. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and transforming name.

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