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Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God
by David Jeremiah
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People often ask me, “Pastor, what’s going on in the world today? What’s the biggest issue we face?” I have many answers, and each contains the same overarching word—pressure.
Family pressure. Time pressure. Financial pressure. Unprecedented pressure to compete and succeed by society’s standards—at work, in school, in our communities, and maybe even in our churches. As Christians, we’re encountering pressures in our society we’ve never faced before. We’re living in unprecedented times, which brings unparalleled tension.
But I’ve been encouraged recently by learning about a peculiar little fish. The Mariana snailfish lives in the deepest caverns of the ocean, where the pressure is a thousand times greater than on the surface. The temperature there is near freezing, and there’s no light at those depths. But God created those fish—which are about the size of a human hand—to thrive in extreme conditions.
How do they do it? These fish possess special features such as flexible skulls and bones. They also produce distinct chemicals that stabilize their constitution, so the pressure inside them is greater than the pressure outside of them.1
Pretty amazing, right? God has given these strange creatures everything they need for where they are and for what He intends for them. He’s given them everything they need not just to survive but to thrive.
Could that be true for you too?
Absolutely! There’s a particular passage of Scripture I’ve studied all my life. I’ve known it and taught it for years. But in recent days when I, like you, have been under great pressure, it’s entered my bloodstream like a transfusion.
This passage was written by someone who knew all about fish: Simon Peter. Before Jesus called him and his brother, Andrew, saying, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19), Simon Peter ran a fishing business in Galilee.
After a remarkable three years with Jesus, as recounted in the Gospels, Peter went on to help establish the early church, chronicled in the book of Acts. In spite of the constant threat of persecution, he devoted the rest of his life to extending the kingdom of God. He spent his last days in prison awaiting execution, yet even then the joy within him was greater than the fear around him. He had everything he needed to maintain his faith, optimism, and effectiveness for Jesus—until the very moment he entered heaven.
Peter’s last letter was written to “those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours” (2 Peter 1:1 NIV).
What does that mean? It means your experience with Jesus can be as precious to you as Peter’s was to him. That’s remarkable to consider. And in the verses that follow, he explained how. This is the passage that gripped my heart so powerfully in recent months that it led me to write this book:
- His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 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. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (vv. 3–11)
In Everything You Need: 8 Essential Steps to a Life of Confidence in the Promises of God, I’ll follow the trail of God’s logic that runs through the passage like a needle pulling a golden thread. I’ll show you how God’s divine power gives you everything you need—not half, or most, or a whole lot of what you need. He has given you everything you need to develop a godly life!
That’s just the beginning. God has also devised an ingenious way of conveying His power right into the center of your soul through the live wires of His biblical promises, or—as Peter called them—His great and precious promises. These promises energize you and enable you to share His divine nature. In this book we explore how you can receive that energy.
I’ll also show you the eight essential steps Peter listed—each building on the other, and every one essential for a life of courage, confidence, and effectiveness. Here’s a preview of the amazing character qualities we’ll explore together in these pages:
- Diligence—the pursuit of the Lord with all your heart.
- Virtue—the sustaining joy of a God-pleasing life.
- Knowledge—accelerated growth and wisdom that come from knowing God better.
- Self-Control—the skill of bringing your habits under the Holy Spirit’s control.
- Perseverance—resilience that casts off disappointment and discouragement.
- Godliness—the mirror image of Christ in your personality.
- Brotherly Kindness—friendliness that draws people to yourself and to Jesus.
- Love—the essence of serving God and others.
In the final chapter I’ll explain how God will bless and use you in truly unimaginable ways as you put these virtues into practice.
Peter wrote, “If these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). This is one of God’s great understatements! If these virtues are yours and if they abound in your life—meaning if you embrace them and fill your heart with them—there’s no limit to what you can achieve. And there’s no pressure you can’t withstand.
These eight qualities are indispensable today. Think of them as tools in your backpack for your adventure of hiking through life. The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk said, “The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills” (Hab. 3:19).
If God can equip a small fish in the deepest sea to withstand the pressure it’s under, and if He can keep a single deer surefooted on the summits, then He’s got you covered.
It’s time to unpack all God has given you and commit to cultivating the strength of character you’ll need to face the pressures in this world. Once you master these precious verses of the Bible—or rather, once they master you—you’ll realize you have everything you need!
Even more, you’ll find He is everything you need.
I don’t want to pressure you, but what are you waiting for? Is life getting easier? No? Then read on, and let’s get started!
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