He has given us his very great and precious promises, so . . . you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet. 1:4)

DURING THE EBOLA OUTBREAK in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other African countries, soldiers from Ft. Bragg, trained in endemic disease detection and quarantine, had the opportunity to assist the victims. They deployed to the region with their field equipment, protective suits, and vaccines in an effort to stem the tide of this deadly infection. Their service had an enormous impact on the local population as they administered vaccines and helped halt the spread of this biological scourge. The soldiers were permitted to participate because they were properly outfitted for the task.

As believers, God has equipped us to set up camp in a sin-infected world. The contagion is deadly and has spread throughout the entire race. There is one, and only one, cure for this disease, and that is the blood of Christ.

Peter informed us that God has given us “very great and precious promises.” These words convey both the quality and effect of the promises. They work! Immunized with the “antidote” of salvation, we can effectively ward off the “microbes” of evil desires. What’s more, as we don the protective promises regarding forgiveness, holiness, and God’s unwavering presence, we both resist personal infection and become agents to help abate the pandemic in our world. To possess God’s nature is to acquire His instinct for righteousness and abhorrence for sin.

Protect yourself with God’s promises and join His plan to heal the world.

Jim Miller is a chaplain in the US Army. He is married, has two teenage children, and enjoys traveling, music, video games, and playing with his dogs.