So our message this Sunday was on patience, oh the difficult subject. It’s hard to be patient when everything is available so easy and quickly. We live in a world where we a trained to be impatient. Did you know patience is a big part of succeeding in life? Check dis out 🙂
2 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
We don’t get in the ring with the devil to see who is the champion, we get in the ring because we are the champion.
Know your opponent and have patience to wait for the right moment.
2 Thessalonians 1:4 It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.
Hebrews 11:1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
Patience – Remain constant, steadfast & endure. The quality of character that does not allow one to surrender under trying circumstances.
Don’t abort the plan God has for you before it’s fully developed. You know if you try to take a butterfly out of it’s coccun before it’s done, it dies.
11-12Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’
12-16“So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20“That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
20-21“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24“But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25-27“All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28-30“The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31-32“His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”
So you all know the story of the prodigal son right? When he returned his father gave him gifts symbolizing the rest of his inheritance. He left before his inheritance was done. But even then, his father let him enjoy the rest of his inheritance even though he left.
Hebrews 10:36 So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.
Why patience is necessary for victory
1. Hebrews 6:12 In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
We inherit God’s promises though faith and patience.
2. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
God will exalt you in “due time”.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Don’t mistake analysis paralysis for patience. (And no, procrastination isn’t patience either 😛 haha)
3. Ecclesiastes 7:8 Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.
Aren’t you glad Jesus didn’t lose interest in His mission? What if He was like us and “got bored” with His mission?
4. Luke 21:19 Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.
Did you know that almost all emotional break-downs are a result of impatience…
It took you years to get in the situation your in right now, can you give God 6 months to get you out?
5.Patience is a trademark of success.
2 Corinthians 6:4-6, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Timothy 4:2, John 11:6
Sometimes people won’t listen till they’re at rock bottom.
6. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Run life’s race with patience
Life is a marathon, not a sprint!!!!! Don’t rush it and run out of energy.
How to walk in patience
1. Galatians 5:22 – Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.
If you’re committed to Christ, you already have it.
2. Colossians 1:11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy
-His power gives us patience
3. James 1:3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
Testing produces patience.
You know how people lift weights, run, ect… well do you think they/we do that because they/we can’t? No, becasue we can, and it builds muscle. Soooo… When we are spiritually tested, it’s not because we can’t make it, but because it builds our spiritual muscles!!!
4. Lamentations 3:25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
Learn patience in your youth. haha I’m a youth, therefore I should be working on my patience… 🙂 Which I am.
5. 2 Timothy 3:10 Now you have closely observed and diligently followed my teaching, conduct, purpose in life, faith, patience, love, steadfastness
Follow examples of success.
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Live long and prosper, Tori.