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8 Keys to Godly Living-#4 Self-control

8 Keys to a Godly Life-#4 Self-Control

2 Peter 1:2-4

Verse 2-Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of GOD, and of Jesus our Lord,

Verse 3-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:

Verse 4-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 (KJV).

Verse 2-May GOD give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of GOD and Jesus our Lord.

Verse 3-By HIS divine power, GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

Verse 4-And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (NLT).

Peter’s prayer is written, “To you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our GOD and Savior” (NLT). Verse 1.

This prayer is written to us. You and me. He prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to us in a world of confusion, pain, struggle, heartache, and the list can go on. He prayed for us to have unmerited favor; that GOD would smile upon us and treat us a little different from the rest of the world. He prayed that GOD would treat us special. Peter also prayed for us to have peace; that sense of calmness which comes from releasing burdens and somehow knowing that everything is going to be ok.

He goes on to say that GOD has given us everything we need to live a godly life. This means that everything we need to obey GOD is already inside of us. We need look no further. We know how to listen. We know how to obey. We know how to perceive right from wrong. We know this because we have come to know GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have come to know the things they like and don’t like; what pleases them and does not please them, and what makes them smile or bring them grief.

Peter reminds us that GOD has also bestowed great and precious promises upon us, and it is these promises that allow us to be godlike, to share GOD’s nature, and by doing so we can escape the traps of sin and lust caused by our own desires. If we are honest, we do what we know we should not because we want to. It feels good to us. It is that nature, the sin nature, the flesh nature, that living a godly life saves us from. The sin nature will get us killed. Living a godly life brings us eternal life. Even if we die, we live again. Oh, and we also have more blessings than we know how to handle in this life as well. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came that we may live the abundant life!


See, we are living a dual existence. One life we live is in this body of flesh, but the other life is lived through our spirit. Paul captured it best when he said in Romans 7:24, “Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

Paul continues in Romans 8:1-2, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

The power of the Holy Spirit has freed us from the power of sin. We just have to choose to let the Spirit lead us daily. We have to choose the divine nature over our human desires. It is the promised Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth, and one truth is that we can access the divine in us anytime we choose.

We are given eight keys to living a godly life. Eight keys that will help us to access the divine nature all of the time. Eight keys that will keep our minds stayed on Jesus and off of our human desires which lead to death, destruction, pain, and suffering. So, Peter continues...

Verse 6-And to knowledge temperance; (KJV).

Verse 6-and knowledge with self-control, (NLT).

Key 4-SELF-CONTROL


Greek word-enkrateia


Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-1466


Meaning-self-control


This word is made up of two words, kratos meaning power or strength, and en meaning in or inside. The resulting word means mastery or control of yourself; having strength or power over your inner person, the ability to master your desires or passions.

What does having self-control or temperance do for us? As we have been learning, all of these godly keys have their purpose wrapped up in helping us to be effective and fruitful in our precise knowledge of Jesus.


Specifically, mastery of self is related to crucifying ourselves as Jesus explains in Matthew 16:24-26


Verse 24-Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.

Verse 25-If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Verse 26-And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

The word “deny” in verse 24, also translated “give up your own way”, actually means to deny, disown, or repudiate. It means to have no connection with someone. We are supposed to forget the person we used to be before we met and gave our lives to Jesus; deny that person, disown that person. We are to lose sight of self and self-interest, all of our negative passions, desires, etc.

Repudiate means to refuse to accept; to reject as unauthorized and having no binding force. The origin actually means to reject a spouse! This is how we are to treat the person we have been with our whole lives; the person we thought we were until Jesus shined the light and led us out of the darkness. Let us walk in the work He already finished on the cross, and once and for all reject the person we used to be and become whom GOD originally created us to be.

John 15:16 says, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” We were chosen by Jesus to be fruitful and to bear fruit that lasts.


Once we begin to exercise self-control, we are able to do the work Christ has called us to do and put our desires to the side in favor of what GOD wants for us. We will then begin to ask for things that will bring GOD glory; these are unselfish prayers that will benefit other people and not just ourselves. That is an example of producing fruit that will last; the kind that will change a person’s life for the better because we were obedient to what GOD told us to pray for and do.

By telling us that GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life in verse three, Peter is implying that we should be living a life characterized by godliness. We are to look and act like Jesus. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit does that for us. There is nothing in me that looks like Jesus, BUT the Holy Spirit lol. My job is to do what I can do. My job is to simply make a choice; that choice is to live out these eight keys. If the bible says to do it, then we are well able.


So, let us exercise self-control, family. Let us do what we have been told to do, and pray in the name of Jesus for all that we need to bear fruit for GOD. If we feel we need more self-control, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to give us the self-control that we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.


May we all use that fourth key and unlock the door to living a godly life through self-control.

WHY DO IT?

2 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

If we call ourselves believers or Christians, we should be believers or Christians. We should look and act like it; otherwise what is the point of choosing to live this lifestyle? According to Peter, if we use these eight keys, we will have more than just head knowledge about Jesus. We will actually produce fruit that lasts. We are also reminded that if we do not exercise these eight keys, and live a productive and useful Christian life, we are acting like people who have not been cleansed of our old way of life; meaning, there is no difference between who we were before we were saved and who we became after. If there is not a noticeable difference between who you used to be and who you are after meeting Jesus, there is a problem. Peter says that this type of person is blind. They cannot see that they have been saved. He also calls them forgetful. They do not remember that the precious blood of Christ washed away their sins and allowed them to have a relationship with a holy GOD.

So, why do it?

· Growth and development as a person and believer

· Being a productive and useful person in the body of Christ

· To avoid being a Christian in name only, but actually living the life of a follower of Jesus

How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.



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