It is THROUGH the promises of God that we partake of His divine nature. If we are not exemplifying the NATURE of God we are not believing and receiving the PROMISES of God. This is why FAITH is so important.
2 Peter 1:3-4 ~ 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (NKJV)
However, faith alone will not do it. God has a simple math equation that must be learned so that we, the church, may all display the nature of God. This is the simple equation:
Faith + Virtue + Knowledge + Self control + Perseverance + Godliness + Kindness + Love = Receiving God’s promises and walking in His nature.
2 Peter 1: 5-9 ~ 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.