“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” 2 Peter 1:3
God didn’t say there were to be no battles, but He expects us to take the His word, His promises, the Covenant established by Him, His Holy Spirit and the Name of Jesus and come through every battle as the victor. Everything we need is provided for in the Word of God.
“By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape from moral decay (rottenness and corruption) and corruption that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4 [amp]
‘Virtue’ means excellence of person, having many qualities. In the King James Bible the word ‘steadfastness’ is translated as patience.
God expects us to rise above our lower nature and develop godliness which means excellence of spirit. In other words we are to feed on the Word of God until it brings our natural man under subjection to God’s Word. We are to represent the Kingdom of God here on earth just like Jesus did when He walked the earth. Jesus ministers through us, therefore we should put forth every effort to become as Christ-like as possible.
The above scripture tells us that there is no variableness or shadow of turning with God, in other words He does not change, He does not move off His Word. He is steadfast, He is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER, and that is the way we must be if we are to win in the battles of life. We are to be fixed or settled on the Word of God. When something is fixed on something else it becomes a part of that structure. When you attach a door to a house it becomes a part of that house. That’s the way we must be; one with the Word of God.
As Children of God we should respond differently than those who don’t know God. We have the Greater One in us to strengthen us and hold us steady on the Word of God.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Now, we don’t remain steadfast and just endure, No, we remain steadfast and WIN. Patience is God-given and it works in the face of opposition or oppression. Patience is a spiritual force and it comes from God to hold us steady when the winds of adversity are howling around our house.
Scripture tells us to exercise self-control and that simply means to take control of self. This may sound a little foolish, but many people never take control of their thinking, their acting, what they desire, or what they subject others to. Our bodies are subject to our minds; what we think about, and that is why God tells us to renew our mind and bring it into subjection to the Word of God.
In other words if you will develop the character of Jesus, and His Character abounds in you then the Word of God will make you fruitful in your natural life and spiritual life. You will dwell in the secret place of the most High and abide under His Shadow.
We want the Word of God to direct our path, speak to us, and put us over in life, to make us proficient in our calling and our walk of faith. This should be the desire of every Child of God.
If Satan could just take from us our rights in Christ, he would not need to deceive us. Remember this the next time you are standing in faith for your answer. If you didn’t get what you prayed for, why does Satan waste his time trying to get you to doubt? Anytime he comes around peddling doubt, you can be sure that your prayer has been answered. All you need to do during these times is keep the armor of God on and hold steady and when the battle is over you will still be standing and the victory will be yours.
It is most important for us to be diligent in the things of God. Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, develop a listening ear to God’s voice.
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. (Jeremiah 7:24)
His word tells us His sheep know His voice.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27
He is speaking, are you listening?