Number 8

The Goal of Becoming Godly The first seven steps of the Redemption Pattern all lead up to the goal of the eighth step, which we are to be looking forward to from the beginning—that of becoming a “Godly” believer, committed to obeying and serving God. In the seven prior steps we learned about the God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, our own weaknesses, God’s covenants, deciding to accept God’s offer and then about our need to trust and depend on Him because, through painful experience, we learned we are unable to succeed on our own. At some point in our walk we finally “get it” and fully give up our own ways of doing things and decide to obey God. Of course, we are never are fully successful at serving God, but this step represents a place we arrive at in our lives where we truly desire to serve God even though we continue to sin despite all our efforts. God never expects us to be able to stop sinning, just to have a heartfelt desire to serve Him in all our ways. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

  • Things often found associated with eight

  • Godly/Ungodly, holy, kinsman, blessed of the Lord, brethren, his glory, holy one, beloved
  • new covenant
  • affliction
  • almighty
  • book of life
  • calm, choicest
  • circumcision, circumcised
  • discovered, disgraceful
  • dove
  • elect, equity
  • everlasting covenant, exceedingly
  • fasting
  • fell, flowing with milk and honey
  • foot soldiers, foreign gods
  • forgiven
  • glorify, glory of the Lord
  • godless
  • good news
  • greatness
  • heal, hide yourself
  • inheritance
  • measuring
  • preparation, proclaiming, proclamation, profitable
  • rest, reveals, revived, scorching, self-control
  • supplication
  • unaware, uncircumcision, unloved, uprightness

About Number eight

The overall theme associated with number …

Example verses

Following are some example verses that have strong content pointing to the theme of one:

A REMNANT PROMISED: God wants to give us hope and a reason to persevere in becoming obedient servants by reminding us of a remnant of the Godly ones who will be preserved.

Proverbs 2:8 says, “He preserves the way of His godly ones.”

In Ezekiel, when the people of Israel turned away from God and He could no longer tolerate their disobedience, He destroyed them and their land, but, as He did with the cleansing flood in Genesis 7-8, God preserved a remnant. This remnant was for the sake of His name and also as a remembrance for people to learn of His strict justice and compassion on believers. Part of the subtheme for eight is for us to know the Godly are to be saved, thus helping to encourage us to become and remain faithful and obedient.

Ezekiel 6:8 says, “…I will leave a remnant, for you will have those who escaped the sword among the nations when you are scattered among the countries.”
Ezekiel 6:9 says, “Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive.”

JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO US:

John 8:18 Jesus “I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”

Another example where Jesus speaks of how He has given evidence of who He is can be found in Mark 8, where the disciples were worried about not having bread after Jesus had just demonstrated who He was when He fed both the 5,000 and the 4,000 with plenty to spare.

Mark 8:18 Why worry about bread when you have one who can supernaturally make bread? At their worry Jesus said, “…having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember” .

Jesus points out in a sort of condemning way what they had just witnessed. This subtheme of eight tells us we are to watch for and be aware of Jesus’ miracles and blessings so we may have true faith and heartfelt knowledge that He is the Son of God.

TESTING, DISCIPLINE, TRIALS, AND DESTRUCTION: Even though each follower will have an abundant life as a Godly person, no one can completely escape persecution and suffering. God gives His children trials and suffering for multiple reasons: to test us so we may see the sincerity of our belief and have a chance to recognize what is in our hearts and change.

Deuteronomy 8:2 says, “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

God disciplines us so we may come to Him for healing, but also after anointing, as even the Godly are children and need discipline to grow and stay faithful.

Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”

LIVING A GODLY LIFE—DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD: Also associated with number eight are instructions for and examples of living a Godly life, doing what is right and good. Of course if the believer is truly Godly this will happen automatically, and we see evidence of this associated with number eight. The following two passages are such examples:

Luke 19:8 “Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much’”
Deuteronomy 6:18 “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to {give} your fathers…

 

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