How to Span the G.A.P.P.s in Your Life


Let’s face it, we are never satisfied with our lives. We have an insatiable desire for more despite having enough. I will admit that there are times in our lives when deficits exits, but here in America, most of us have no idea what it means to be in dire straits. I have bemoaned the fact that I have bought my clothes since I was 12 years old. While seemingly tough, I knew I had a place to live and food to eat. It was not by far what I wanted to eat, but I ate. If I did not eat, I knew I would eat in the next day or so. We all have G.A.P.P.s in our lives where we don’t have what we want and even need more sparingly though.

Today, I want to share the secret to answer the question of How to Span the G.A.P.P.s in Your Life. Traditionally, a gap is a difference or disparity in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development, or a lack of confidence or understanding, perceived as creating a problem: the technology gap; a communications gap. or as in a deep, sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge. Generally speaking, we know it as a space where something is not continuous or connected. Now, we have a lot of gaps in our lives that need to be filled. There are relational, spiritual, financial, medical and all sorts of gaps in our lives, but what is a G.A.P.P. and what is its impact on your life?

Let’s turn to the Word of God to answer the question of How to Span the G.A.P.P.s in Your Life. 2 Peter 1

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

G.A.P.P., as you can tell by its spelling, is an acronym. Its meaning can be pulled straight from the verses above. G is for great. A is for and. P is for precious, and the last P is for promises. The way that God has provided for us to span the disparities in our lives is through His promises. By use of an adjectives, the text further defines what God has provided us to make it in this world. First, God tells us through Peter that His promises are not just great, but very great. It is at a minimum double. We know that our definition of great pales in comparison to what God says is great needless to say very great. Our ways and thoughts are not tantamount to His. I am sure His great surpasses our understanding of great. Nevertheless, God says that His promises are very great. Precious conveys something beloved and/or of high value. God’s promise are not the keys to turn God’s favor to us. By being a follower of Jesus, we are already favored because God chose us. God’s promises, as the verse explains, are provided to us “so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

What does it mean to participate in the divine nature? Contrary to what some say today, we do not become a mini god. This refers to us being conformed to the likeness of Christ. Listen to these verses that convey that:

Romans 8:29 – 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

1 Corinthians 15:49 – 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Philippians 3:21 – 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

1 John 3:2 – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

We should have a different perspective about the promises of God. While they are provided to Span the G.A.P.P.s in Your Life, the primary purpose of God’s promises are to serve as a vehicle to make us like Jesus. When we pray from God’s purpose and perspective, God joyfully answers our prayers.

How to Span the G.A.P.P.s in Your Life? Pray God’s promises from the perspective of being like Christ.

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