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"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: 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" (2 Peter 1:3-4).

The truth that is revealed to us in the Word of God is that "all things that pertain to life and godliness" have been given to us. Note that it says "given." It does not say that God will give it; the Word says that God has given all things.

It also says that God has given us all things in two particular arenas of our existence - life and godliness. It might be clearer to say that God has given us everything that pertains to natural life and to spiritual life.

Now before you begin to take me to task for this outrageous statement, you might want to look at the Word of God. Most of the Church (the Body of Christ) has been raised with the idea that we are at least one level of value or worth down from God.

Most believe that we are more than one level down. This creates the mental concept that we are in a state of defeat, lack, need, etc. and that we must, somehow, persuade God to help us out of our dilemma. Right?

Don't we often feel that the only way out for us is if we can persuade God to act on our behalf? Don't lie - you know you do. You know that most of the Church says that we are looking to God to deliver us, yet we keep "looking" with little or no deliverance manifested. Why?

Not too long ago I brought this question to God. I will go into the details of this conversation with the Father later, but right now I just want to establish the punch line. I asked why the Church as the Body of His victorious, resurrected Son lived with little of the manifested privileges of Sonship seen in their lives.

He was quite blunt with me. He said that it was because we did not truly believe the truth. The truth is that all things that pertain to life - food, clothing, shelter, health, money, freedom, etc. - have already been given to us.

Jesus Himself said in Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." This was a statement that He made before He went to the cross and instated the new covenant. Even under the Old Covenant the necessities of life were given if the prerequisites were met.

If you look in Deuteronomy 28 you will find all the blessings and all the cursings clearly stated. (I like to look at the curses as well as the blessings because there are some things that are listed as curses that I like to know I have been redeemed from - curses such as verses 32 and 41. These are powerful "blessings" when you turn them the opposite direction. I know many parents who need these "blessings" to stand on regarding their children.)

To me, the blessings appear to cover all the necessities of life and then some. I would say that it looks and sounds like prosperity and fullness, victory and success.

If all of this rich provision was made under the Old Covenant and we live under a better covenant since the work of Jesus on earth, then we have a pattern established that shows us the fullness of the provision that God is willing to provide His people (Heb. 8:6). There is little that God left out when He gave unto the children of Israel, at least the ones who took Him at His Word and lived according to the law.

But, "therein lies the rub," as they say. They had to take Him at His Word - they had to believe that what He said was true. They had to keep His commandments and position themselves for His blessings. This is where the Church misses it.

First, we do not fully understand or receive the fullness of the work of Christ on Calvary and then later in hell. Second, we do not take God at His Word. We do not believe Him. In so doing, we sin. We sin because we are calling God a liar and doubting the integrity of God's Word and thereby God Himself.

One of the tasks that God has given me to do is to bring each and every one who hears me speak or reads an article I write into the fullness of God concerning life and godliness. If nothing else, it is my intention that we no longer be ignorant of the Word of God concerning life and godliness - that we no longer are in the dark concerning the rich heritage we have on this earth.

The Father has always wanted the best for His children - even more so than an earthly father wants the best for his kids. Therefore, because of His love and with His divine power, the Father has provided a rich inheritance for us. The Father has provided fullness, His fullness. His fullness contains all things that pertain unto life and godliness - plus some!

That fullness is the Father's provision to live the life He has planned for us to live here on this earth - a life of joy, peace, victory, health, prosperity, love, success, and more. Our Father is a good father - a wonderful father. Let us determine from this time forward to receive of the Father the rich provision of His fullness and to partake of His divine nature.

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Author Biography

Kathryn Stuckey
Web site: The Church of the Fulness of God
Kathryn Cypert Stuckey is the cofounder of the Church of the Fulness of God in Abilene, Texas. She assists her husband, David, in pastoring; however her primary duties are preaching and administrating. She leads The Ways of a Woman of God seminar and is the author of The Devil Knows Your Right!

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