9 Ways to Persevere as a Man of Godly Character
I remember 2016 as if it were yesterday. The year presented many memories; my son struggling with his faith, joining ISI, Aaron Walker’s one of a kind Mastermind group and the creation of the HITOP Life blog. As October approached, I wanted to take what I had learned from Tribe Writers, what I was facing in life, and create an experience which would help men (and women who have loved ones needing something like HITOP Life) address the essential challenges they face with truth and mindset. Some of the men I had been talking with were facing issues within their job, some with anxiety and fear, and some with a loss of direction. So I asked The Lord for guidance (as I often do) and He directed to a passage I was familiar with, but not as intimately as I am today. At an earlier time in my life, I was reading the Bible simply to read it, not experience it. I wanted to say (for my pride perhaps) that I had read the entire Bible. I wanted to be looked to and relied on for knowing the Word of God. As the Lord matured me and softened my heart, He walked alongside me and allowed me to understand that a true disciple gains knowledge of The Word to glorify Jesus, not oneself. It was time for me to help others experience Jesus for His incredible love, faithfulness, and sovereignty.
HOW IT ALL STARTED – THE 9NOW
The first writing I shared in my blog was a series I wrote for our church called, The 9 NOW. You will notice my blog has evolved from the WOE Writer to The Brother’s Keeper of the last three years, but my goal to help my readers be encouraged and accountable as men of Humility, Integrity, Truth, Obedience, and Prayer remains the core of the HITOP Life values. What’s new, is the importance I have learned in how one experiences Truth and responds with Mindset, specifically a Christ-like Mindset. You see, I believe to be a man of godly character, you must experience Jesus as “THE” God of character. His character is summed up in Galatians 5:22-23. These nine attributes of His character not only show us a look inside the heart of God, but model how we are to live, think, and respond to every situation. The Holy Spirit will guide us and as we continue to grow in our response of these nine attributes. I created this table to give you a different view into Galatians 5:22-23, may it allow you to experience Jesus, The God of Perfect Character more fully:
THE FRUIT NUTRITIOUS VIA SCRIPTURE
We love because He first loved us. - 1 John 4:19
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2-3
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9
I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. – Leviticus 26:6
The priest answered them, “Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD’s approval.” – Judges 18:6
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, - Colossians 1:11
You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. – Job 10:12
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” – Acts 14:17
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. – Psalm 23:6
Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. – Psalm 142:7
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. – Genesis 32:10
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. – Psalm 51:6
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! – 2 Corinthians 10:1
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. – 1 Timothy 6:11
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. – 1 Corinthians 7:5
To knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:6-8
View this short video bringing it all together by The Bible Project:
I started the title of this piece, 9 Ways to Persevere for a reason. Perseverance is the pathway to character and character the pathway to hope. To live a godly life, you will need all nine fruit of the Spirit. You will need to pin back the desires of our flesh (sin) and be more sensitive to the counsel of the Holy Spirit, which requires perseverance. I leave you with a word from Oswald Chambers.
“Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).”
We are now in the third year of the blog, and I would like to invite you to join me this year as we gain new insights and wisdom in Christ. Together, we will experience our creator as the provider of Love, Joy, Peace, who gives us the ability to respond with Patience, Kindness, Goodness so that we can grow in Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
Persevere Men of HITOP so you may mature and complete. So, you will Pursue Your Potential as men who LOVE. LISTEN. LEAD.