The Diligence of Faith.
2 Peter 1:5 “And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;”
Faith is always active. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit, when He comes and abides within us, at new birth.
It is either growing within us; or it is diminishing.
Faith is the active ingredient of our Christian lives; for we act in faith, and live by faith.
We are strengthened by our faith, and encouraged by our faith; for faith always looks to Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Are we using the faith He has given us, to gain more from Him?
2 Peter 1:3 “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
Notice: “all things of life and godliness” are given us, as we get knowledge of Christ. This is everything we need for our life and work.
For He has called us, as Christians, to manifest the glory (His authority and goodness) and the virtue (His power) of His word, by us.
Faith is (according to Paul) “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)
Without it, there can be no Spiritual Reality.
Faith is the eyes to see God; and the ears to hear His Word to us personally.
And Peter says: we are to use the promises the Lord gives us, (not like throat lozenges which just soothe the sore throat and do nothing for the illness); but we are to obtain them: get them into our lives, where they will do us good.
2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Faith by the Holy Spirit, enables us to hear the Lord’s promises to us, through His Word.
And also enables us to reach out and get them into our lives.
If we need patience, He works that patience within us. How?
For me: He placed me in situations, and with people, that required me to be patient.
Then He said, “I will give it to you, if you just exercise it.”
So I did. (Not always; sometimes I gave way to my self and became very irritated at people.)
But when I just ‘hung on’ to His Presence, and exercised the patience He gave me; I was patient.
If we need boldness, He places within us by the Holy Spirit, that boldness.
For me: I never could talk before people. And I was called to peach!
Did God make a mistake?
No, He gave me boldness to stand and speak.
(I remember the first time, there was such a big knot in my throat, I thought I would not be able to say anything. But when I stood up and started speaking, my voice was there. Though shaking on the inside, at first; by the end I was steady; standing on the Rock that does not move.)
And the list goes on. What we need, He supplies.
We just need to use the faith given and yield to the Holy Spirit within; and get the promises He has for us in our lives.
This is diligence; the diligence of faith.