by Mark Baker

Believe That You Receive
Mark Baker
2 Peter 1:4

2 Peter 1:4. by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The Apostle Peter said that we have been given exceedingly great and precious promises. You will notice however that he didn't say that these promises were automatic. He said that through these promises, or we could say it this way, because of these promises we may be partakers. That is not saying we are partakers. Partaking of something is not just a one way street. These promises just don't fall on us without our partaking. They were given freely, yet we have a responsibility to learn to receive and walk in them. After all that's the whole reason He gave us the promises in the first place isn't it? God has gone to great lengths to purchase us back from Satan and eternal death, and to give us Eternal life. We have an obligation to not only learn what these promises are, but to also be partakers of these very great and precious promises. Let's take some time right now.

God's Word tells us without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Basically this is saying, without faith there is no pleasing God. That's a very bold statement and I would say it's something we've got to come to terms with. The way to please Him is firstly, we have to believe that He is, and secondly we have to believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him. W.E. Vines New Testament Dictionary says that a rewarder in this case is one who pays wages or to recompence. God is giving us something and we are receiving it from Him. There are two parts to what we have to do to receive from Him. We have to believe and receive.
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