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That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6).

Sometimes, you find Christians who, out of ignorance, always pray and hope that God will do something about their situation. Such people are still functioning in the human nature, instead of the divine nature. The Bible says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual….” The word “effectual” is from the Greek, “energēs,” which means “to become active or operative.” God wants your participation in the faith to become active or operative. He wants you functioning or doing your part in divinity. He doesn’t want you lukewarm or inactive like one that’s handicapped, expecting that whatever will be, will be. No, you’re a vital part of divinity. Glory to God!

This has been God’s idea all along. Look at the experience of Moses and the children of Israel by the Red Sea. As the chariots of Egypt approached them with deadly intentions, Moses thought to pray to God for help, but God’s response was rather stunning: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (Exodus 14:15). This wasn’t the time to start praying; the matter at hand was urgent. He then instructed, “…stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it…” (Exodus 14:16).

Observe that God didn’t say to Moses, “Pray to me and I will do something.” He said, “Divide the sea.” Moses then raised his rod over the waters, and when he did, God caused a strong wind to come through the waters and parted it both ways. That was an act of divine power, but Moses had something to do with it. He stretched forth his hand, and the Spirit of God moved. But until he did something, God did nothing.

2 Peter 1:4 lets us know that we’ve been made partakers of the divine nature; in other words, we’re associates of the God-kind. This implies that, as God’s children, we’ve been called to participate or to be involved in the divine experience. Make your participation in the divine nature active and effective through your words and acts of faith.

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for your grace that’s made me one with you and has qualified me to be a partaker of your divine nature. I declare that I’m walking in preordained paths and bearing fruits unto righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further study:

Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 3:20

 Acts 28:1-16 Psalms 26-29
Ephesians 1:15-23 Isaiah 43

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