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|Give It All You Got! (Part 3)|
|2 Peter 1:5-8 (Part of the 2 Peter 1 series).|
|The foundation must be established in Jesus then faith is made. You are to do whatever it is that you are doing with your entire heart and not half heartedly. We are to add to our faith, virtue. Virtue means excellent. If we never had struggles then our inward would have all freedom. God never did anything halfway. We are to add to our virtue, knowledge. You must be teachable. Knowledge can easily be a prideful thing. One can't find diamonds laying on top of the ground. They are made deep down in the earth under great force and pressure. Just as our life, we are to learn with great knowledge, pressure under great diligence. We are to add to our knowledge, temperance. Having temperance means you have self control. Add to your temperance, patience. When one needs patience, one will have troubles. The hardest patience to learn is to not go beyond God, seeking or thinking we know what we need and not what God wants. Add to your patience, godliness. Godliness is the act of doing God like things. Brotherly kindness is to be added to godliness. It is the by product of godliness that makes us love everyone like God loves us. Charity being the last to be added and it is the full love of Christ. When you add to something it just gets bigger and bigger. Just like our Christian walk, we should want to get bigger and bigger in God. There is a reason why God is calling us to do these eight steps. If they are in you and they abound you will never be barren or fruitless. The reason to why you need fruit is because the world is looking for fruit. Have you ever seen a tree struggle to make fruit? It's natural that it produces fruit because it's its nature.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on December 6, 2015 (Sunday Evening).|