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8 Keys to Godly Living-#6 Godliness

We no longer want to do what is not pleasing in GOD's sight.


8 Keys to a Godly Life-#6 Godliness

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). 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; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness (KJV).

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


Key 6-GODLINESS

Greek word-eusebeia

Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-2150

Meaning-godliness, piety


This word come from two others. One meaning well or well done, and the other meaning to worship, be devout, GOD-fearing, committed, devoted, sincere worship, to honor or show reverence, to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor or devotion.


Piety is the act of being pious, or showing reverence for GOD and devotion to worship, outwardly religious.


If we put all of this together, it can be said that godliness is worshipping well. It is showing great respect, honor, and reverence for GOD, so much so that others notice it. It means that we love and adore GOD so much that we literally live our lives as a thank you to GOD.


Godliness is a life poured out to our LORD. When we live this way sincerely from the heart, others can’t help but to notice our lifestyle. It is not an act or for show. It is the result of a changed mentality. It is the fruit of being a new creation.


II Corinthians 5, 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! When we display the key of godliness, it means that we have embraced and not rejected our new life with Christ. It means that we really do not want to do the sinful things we used to do. We no longer want to do what is not pleasing in GOD’s sight.


Godliness is the result of dying to self, daily. It is taking up our cross and following Jesus every moment of our lives. It is having developed a distaste for our former way of living. It means we have gotten to the point where we realize if it does not line up with the Holy Spirit living inside of us, then we need to steer clear.


It reminds me of a conversation I had with the first lady (pastor’s wife) of a church that I used to attend. I expressed to her my desire to be holy and more like Christ, but I was failing miserably. I was still committing sins and messing up all over the place. She told me that there is no way that I could stop sinning on my own. I did not have the strength to fight the devil in that area. He would always win. She told me that my job was to focus on the things of GOD in my life, to focus on listening to the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit and follow His directions when I heard Him speak. She said if I concentrated on GOD, the chains of those sinful activities would fall off. I did not understand what she meant at the time. It has taken me many years to finally get that lesson, and I am not where I want to be, but I am a lot farther than I was.


I can testify that once we truly yield ourselves to GOD, once we give up our free will and say, Jesus take the wheel. Jesus, where you lead, I will follow. Once we do that, it becomes easier to live the life of godliness described above.

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, don’t be ashamed to let your godliness show, family. It is a natural result of living for Christ instead of ourselves. 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 help in any area of our lives, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to give us what we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.


May we all use that sixth key and unlock the door to living a godly life through godliness.

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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