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Summary: We need to endure and have the ability to remain under tremendous weight and pressure without succumbing

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DO WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE IN CHRIST JESUS

(Bearing Up Under Trials)

Part 6 of 9

Holy Ground Spirit Filled Church

6-17-06

Pastor: Joe M Garza

Text: 2:Peter 1:5-8

INTRODUCTION:

We have observed that growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ begins with the foundation of faith (conviction and trust)

----faith to which we add the quality of virtue (striving for excellence)

----virtue manifested by increasing in knowledge (regarding God’s will)

----knowledge to which we add the grace of self-control (mastering one’s desires)

*In our text 2 Peter 1:5-8, we note that to self-control we are to add perseverance

----the KJV renders it patience (as does the NKJV in many places)

----The AMP has the word steadfastness

a. What comes to mind when you hear these words?

b. How does this relate to self-control?

c. Are you adding perseverance to your life as a Christian?

I. THE DEFINITION OF PERSEVERANCE

A. THE GREEK WORD IS HUPOMONE

*This literally means, “an abiding under”

*Charles Spurgeon defines the word as “a cheerful (or hopeful) endurance”

*It implies suffering, enduring, or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity

B. IT IS MORE THAN JUST A PASSIVE VIRTUE

a. In a PASSIVE sense

----WATCH ME CUZ I’M GOING TO FREAK YOU OUT! It would be like a ship anchored in a storm under attack by the wind and waves and anchored in just one spot

----the wind and waves are our problems

----the wind and waves are our finances

----the wind and waves are our sickness

b. In the ACTIVE sense

----It is like a ship sailing despite the obstacles but pressing on to its destination despite the obstacles

*George Mueller describes it as “bearing all trials and difficulties with an even mind, enduring in all, and persevering trough all”

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us [2] looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

*WATCH ME! Endurance is the steady determination to keep going, regardless of the temptation to slow down or give up

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NKJV)

Do you not know that those who run in a race ALL RUN, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. [25] And everyone who competes for he prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown

----WATCH ME! A runner cannot win a race if he walks

----his goal is to win first place

----WATCH ME! Your goal is to fight through all the trials and tribulation and not slow down at all

----you need to get in shape for the big race that is about to happen as soon as you leave from here

----we must endure every race that we compete in and as long as you are in Jesus’ side He will sign you up for every single race so be ready in season and out of season


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