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 Peter 1:4
In the beginning, God has desired for all of us to walk in His divine nature. He created us to be like Him and to walk with Him. Scientist have been looking for the “God-Gene.” There is no “God gene.” One gene could not simply represent the make-up of a Creator with His creation. We are ultimately His creation. All of us radiate the God-head.
Yet, with sin came the fall of man. Sin in the Garden of Eden caused a fissure between man and God. One moment, man was walking with God. Suddenly, a sin caused man to hide from the Creator. This was not His will for Man.
So God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, the last Adam, to be sacrificed in order to reconcile man back with God. Now, we are children of God and the ability to walk with God has been restored. Yet, we sin. We fall. We walk away.
Inside of our being is a desire for the divine nature God has provided for us. Yet, our evil desires, which we are born with because of the fall of man, scream out, calling, waking us up, and tempting us to sin. Do we answer? Ignore or fight the fight?
The fight is not with flesh and blood. The weapon we have wars and already has won. It is the Word of God. It is what Peter called “his very great and precious promises.” Our fleshly and earthly desires want to win and the Word is the anecdote to beat down those desires and walk in the divine nature God has designed.
Yet, to understand His divine nature, we must understand it is the opposite of our earthly nature and desires. Your earthly desires are powerful, strong feelings of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen contrary to God’s divine nature for your life. Desires are not sin but desires lead to sin if satisfied.
Colossians 3:5 says our earthly nature or desires are sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and/or greed. This is a simple list and your desires may not be on the list. Yet, is it?
Whatever is not on the list, I teach goes into the ‘evil desires’ bucket. Theft, pride, murder, hate and the like is not listed. Yet, they all accumulate in the ‘evil desire’ bucket and Paul, who wrote this, explicitly tells us what to do with all of those desires: Put them to death!
What you feed grows. What you starve dies. Your desires will grow if you feed them. They will grow until you walk, talk, touch, see, hear, or taste which will be sin. Sin then leads to death.
Sin doesn’t just want to exist. It wants acceptance. Then, it doesn’t just want acceptance. It wants approval. Then, it doesn’t want approval. It wants to be promoted. It will not stop until everybody is not only accepting and approving, but also promoting. And if you will not accept, approve, and promote, it wants you to cease to exist.
To be continued. . . .