Day 53: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions)

Everybody loves Peter. He had such words of devotion for Jesus and sometimes had trouble living up to them. We can all relate! He walked on water until he took his eyes off Jesus, but at least he was the one who went out there! Here’s where Peter mentions the word “kingdom.”

Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ; grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness; and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

2 Peter 1:1-11

The other day I mentioned that we sometimes fall and get back up again. If you want to limit your stumbling, here are your instructions. What do you think? What will be your kingdom statement with which to replace your worry thoughts today? I think I will try to memorize faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love = kingdom abundantly supplied to you.

M.L. Millard

*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.

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