Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Power of Patience

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The word “longsuffering” as it is used in Galatians the fifth chapter embodies the virtue of patience and is in other scriptures translated as “patience”. SEC: NT:3116 GREEK; makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee'-ah); from the same as; longanimity; with long (enduring) temper, i.e. leniently:
KJV - longsuffering, patience.

I want you to look into your heart and soul and see if you can honestly say that you have the divine grace of God which enables you to show “long, enduring temper.”

Have you ever prayed: “Lord give me patience and help me right now.”?

Webster Dictionary: definition of patience/patient: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people; done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying. 
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance: cheerful and hopeful endurance.
It takes the love and grace of God to produce patience which meets the criteria of cheerful and hopeful endurance. A justified person who has not been purged of his carnal nature will have difficulty producing this vital fruit of the Spirit. With great effort he must control his emotions and not become resentful, annoyed and critical of that situation which tries his patience. The carnal person will be strongly tempted to criticize and condemn before he has the necessary understanding to discern the truth of a matter. A sanctified person will find a greater measure of grace to remain calm and helpful in dealing with problems or difficult people.

Luke 21:16-19
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

When you are betrayed and hated, you will need patience to possess your soul. If you seek revenge and retaliate when you are persecuted, you will lose your salvation and become like those who are against you. Jesus said that you will need patience to maintain possession of your soul. Without patience you will lose your soul. The power of patience is vital to our victory.

Luke 8:15
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

You will need patience to bring forth good fruit. If you can not bring forth good fruit, then you are not good ground. Out of an evil heart comes evil. Out of a good heart comes good. It can not be otherwise. Regardless of what men may think, believe or say, the law of sowing and reaping can not be changed. Whatever is reaped is like that which is sown. The fruit will be like the seed that was planted. You can not bear the fruit of wheat if you have sown tares in the field. You can not bear the fruit of righteousness if you have sown the seeds of wickedness.  

James 1:3-4
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Let patience have her perfect work. Let it! Don't hinder patience. Wait for it and wait with it. Have confidence that God is able to uncover and reveal the truth. Jesus is the head of the church. He does not need you to control everything and everybody. We have been called to be an example of the believer. Jesus wants us to be a living epistle, a living book which may be read of all men. Show me how to live holy by your actions as well as your doctrine. Many religious people know the doctrines of the church of God, but they are carnal and can not restrain their own spirit to wait patiently on the Lord.

James 5:11
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Were Job's prayers answered instantly and immediately? Did Job wait on the Lord? What happened to Job while he waited? His friends accused him of being a sinner. His wife told him to curse God and die. His children were killed. All his earthly possessions were stolen or destroyed. He was reduced to poverty. But, his testimony was this:
Job 1:20-22
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, [it does not say that Job fell down and complained or murmured against the Lord. HE WORSHIPPED!]
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; bless
ed be the name of the Lord.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

This is an example God has given to us for our instruction. Job is an example of a man of God whose trust and confidence was entirely in God. The song poet said, “whether I live or die; whether I wake or sleep; I am the Lord's.”

Romans 5:1-5
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Tribulations, trials, hardships, persecutions; all these things will teach you patience if you let the Lord exercise His grace in you to be patient. With patience you will have a profitable experience which will produce hope and a strong expectation of God's goodness and faithfulness to meet all your needs. All these things will make you happy and bring no sorrow of evil.

Romans 8:24-25
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Do you have hope that the Lord will meet all your needs? The Christian hope is a joyful expectation that God will help us in every time of need. The Holy Spirit is with us and in us, to guide us in the way of victory and peace.

Romans 15:4-7
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Are you patient “one toward another”? Did Jesus judge and condemn His disciples when they did not think and act the way He wanted them to think and act? No, He taught them the right way. He took them aside and expounded His doctrine to them. He prayed for them until they were sanctified, by being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:10-11
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

What a powerful scripture with which Paul challenged the Colossians to be holy: pleasing the Lord, being fruitful in every good work, increasing, strengthened, patient, longsuffering and joyful. This is the true description of a child of God.

1 Timothy 6:11-12
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Are you following after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness? The sanctified person will have a good measure of these characteristics of the Holy Spirit filled child of God. If you will, with patience, let the Lord lead and guide you; then, you will increase in all these characteristics.

2 Timothy 3:10-14
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

Paul was able to present himself as an example of a patient minister of God. Can you present yourself to the public for examination and show that you possess these traits?

Titus 2:2
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Older men and women who have lived a life of obedience to the Lord will have this testimony which Paul describes to Titus. Remember the words of Jesus, “ In your patience possess ye your souls.

Hebrews 10:35-39
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

If you need something, God is able to supply what you need. Do you need more patience? God will bring into your life those circumstances where you can learn patience and practice patience. Don't rebel against the instructions and lessons of God.

Hebrews 12:1-4
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Accept this challenge and do it. If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

2 Peter 1:3-12
3 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:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

This is the way of salvation. Walk in it. Don't allow the enemy of your soul to cause you to be impatient and resentful of the trials and tests which God permits to come to you.

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