2 Peter 1:10 says this:
10 Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: KJV
"Diligence" is the Greek word "spoudazo". Strong's Concordance says: to use speed; to make effort; be prompt or earnest. Thayer's Greek Lexicon adds: to exert oneself. The Amplified Bible says it very well:
10 Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall. AMP
The thought of never stumbling is very exciting to most of us! BUT, what is the condition for never falling and failing? That would be the aforementioned DILIGENCE! It takes work to get the Word of God into our souls in the abundance that is necessary to be able to walk in the assurance of God's Divine protection, provision and safety, leading, guidance and direction! But, what ELSE would you choose? I like this from Kenneth Copeland's Faith to Faith Devotional for today, which is where I got today's Scripture!
"Listen, this is a daily thing. The devil's out there 24 hours a day devising ways to make us fall. Jesus is on the throne 24 hours a day giving us power to resist him, and we need to be exercising our faith all the time.
If you're going to stand in the days ahead, you're going to need a lot more than Sunday school faith. You're going to need some full-grown, mountain-moving faith, and there's only one way to get that: By giving yourself to the Word more diligently than you ever have before.
Give diligence to make your calling and election sure; and no matter how slippery the situation gets, you won't have to fall!"There you have it! There is no need for any born again believer to ever slip, fall, or fail! The same diligence we use for this will bring us through any and every situation we face with VICTORY!!! Amen! Here is Hillsong with "I Surrender":
Shalom in Him!