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8 Keys to Godly Living-#5 Patience

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

This is why patience/perseverance is so very important, family. This walk, as a believer is not for the double-minded or faint of heart.


8 Keys to a Godly Life-#5 Perseverance

2 Peter 1:2-4

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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: 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).


2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 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. 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).


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; and to temperance patience; (KJV).

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


Key 5-Patience

Greek word-hypomone

Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-5281

Meaning-perseverance, endurance, patience; to be in a state that begins and continues yet may or may not end or stop.


(Before I continue with the rest of the definition, stop and reread the above meaning so far. To be in a state that begins and continues yet may or may not end or stop. That means that when you have the kind of patience that Peter is talking about, whatever trial you just got into, or are currently going through, it may not end or stop any time soon! Yet, you are ok with that. You do not fall apart. You do not throw in the towel. You do not quit. You do not give up. You stay. You remain. You trust and lean on GOD. You obediently stay put until GOD says that you can leave, or HE pushes you out of the exit HIMSELF!)


Meaning continued- To abide in Christ. To follow His example of a life obedient to GOD’s will. The ability to remain (abide, live, stay, dwell) under Christ’s authority; following the will of GOD.

What does having patience 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. The book of Luke 9,


62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (KJV).

62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (NLT).


When you put your hand to the plow, meaning when you decide to become a disciple of Jesus and live the way He instructs you to live, there is no turning back. If you turn back and try to live the way that you used to before you met Jesus, the bible says in the book of Hebrews 10 that judgment awaits you.


26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (KJV).

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies (NLT).


That raging fire is hell. Why? Verse 29 says, just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us (NLT).


We cannot accept the mercy of GOD and the death of His Son Jesus which covered all of our sins and brought us into fellowship with GOD the Father, and then turn around and begin to sin again as if we had never been cleansed! What an insult that is to GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! The bible says we have trampled the Son of GOD and treated his blood as if it were common and unholy like that of any farm animal that you could go and pick out to sacrifice.


This is why patience/perseverance is so very important, family. This walk, as a believer is not for the double-minded or faint of heart. We have to be so sick and tired of living without GOD that we are ready to give our lives to Christ and turn around how we live forever. Being saved is not a temporary thing. When Jesus sacrificed Himself and died on that cross, it covered our sins forever. We have forever been cleansed by His precious blood.


The verse says that if we receive that cleansing then turn around and deliberately, willfully, intentionally, and purposefully go back to a life of sin; that there is no sacrifice left for us, only fearful judgment of going to hell. This is serious. This is not the time to play with the salvation we received. We know right from wrong. Once we were saved, the Holy Spirit was given to us. He guides and leads us into all truth. Some people may say it is our conscience. It is the Holy Spirit. We must obey what we hear the Spirit telling us to do. Otherwise, GOD will turn HIS back on us like we have turned our back on HIM. At that point, the only hope we have is to repent. To realize how wrong we were, come back to GOD, ask forgiveness, and change how we have been living. Unless we do that there is no hope.


As we read in the previous article about self-control, it is no easy thing to master one’s self or forget the old person you used to be before giving your life to Christ; to reject that person as having no authority or say so in your life, to essentially be divorced from your former self, but this is a journey.

The destination is ‘to keep going.’ We don’t arrive at a certain place then stop. We continue on this journey of faith and doing the will of GOD until Jesus returns. This requires perseverance, ’no quit.’ Are you in? If you gave your life to Jesus and are saved then you are, and the Holy Spirit will help every step of the way. John 14 says, 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

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 patience/perseverance, 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 patience, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to give us the perseverance that we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.


May we all use that fifth key and unlock the door to living a godly life through patience/perseverance.

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).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).


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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