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2 Peter 1:6
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Peter challenges us to add self-control, perseverance, and godliness to our faith in Jesus Christ. These virtues, along with the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5) constitute His character traits. It is a clear call to Christ-likeness. Today, this type ''called for'' character is actually a reflection of the moral nature of God Himself. They serve as fruit of God's grace. They also serve as the transformation process the Lord brings in our life as they become a reality. It is Peter's hope, along with Pastor Johnny's, that the beauty of Christ's character might become your desire, to see it reproduced in your own life.
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''self-control'' - speaks of the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetite. The Greeks used it as one who has his sex passions under control. Speaks of a godly restraint.
Proverbs 25:28, ''Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.''
Nehemiah was concerned about his homeland of Israel, namely, Jerusalem, because of its broken down walls. They left them vulnerable to the enemy from every direction. The person who lacks self-control is naturally defenseless against temptation; without self-control, no other virtues will endure for long.
Solomon is not remembered for his self-control, but certainly for his knowledge and wisdom. I find myself looking and acting like him often; I know what to do but choose to disobey and act contrary to His Word and will.
Proverbs 4:23, ''Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it spring the issues of life.''
Your heart is the reservoir of life.
EXAMPLE: We speak of people with a good heart or we say, ''that person is wicked to the core or deep in their heart.''
Jesus taught this same truth and it really caught his followers' attention.
Mark 7:14-16, ''When He had called all the multitu ...
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