Have Patience and Rejoice

BE PATIENT FOURTH FRUITA patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays follyProverbs 14:29

One of the hardest things we can be in this hustle and bustle society is patient. The fourth Fruit of the Spirit, Forbearance, tells us to have a patient heart. It is also described as Longsuffering which is our love on trial. This fruit is what enables us to be emotionally strong and forgive others. But How? The Bible tells us numerous ways to exercise patience. It requires us to endure many things and wait out the situation until it passes. If we are wronged, we are not to exact revenge but with a patient and kind heart, forgive.  

“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” Colossians 1:11

The Patient heart waits on God

Can you be still? Can you wait on God? Are you tempted to always move ahead so you can stay in control? Think of patience like a lemon. Unless you really love sour things it is eaten slowly. Forbearance is having restraint yourself from speaking or acting with wrong doing when faced with disagreement, opposition, or persecution allowing you to maintaining control of your emotions letting God take control of the situation.

Forbearance leads to Forgiveness

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

It is not useful to entertain a quarrel with another when the problem is easily resolved. If someone wrongs you or does something that causes strife within the workplace, let it go. It is not meant to be in our hands if someone else jumps on the situation so just do your part. If it fails under the other then take over, because it was meant for you. Give your strife to God and let Him take control. Forgive the person who has wronged you so that you heart has peace, joy, and love.

This week I challenge you to relax, be at peace and have patience in all situations. For me that means healing my hand from a recent injury and keeping my cool at my secular job because I hear the call. It is nearing time for me to move on to full time ministry work. I know God has control and I am letting Him have it all. What area in your life do you need to give to God? Can you be patient and let Him guide you? Will you?

 

In Christ,

Rob, Servant of God

Patience is a Virtue Many Must Have

There is a struggle that all people face in this hustle and bustle world where we are instantaneously connected with everything through the internet, food is fast, and speed is of the essence when it comes to getting from one place to another on the highway. We have information overload and there is a lack of stopping and smelling the roses. Patience is almost non-existent in the world today. There is one thing that requires absolute hesitation and patience, waiting on God.

Many Christians pray for the quick advancement of the Kingdom but few truly understand that they are building blocks of which the Kingdom is raised from the cornerstone which is Christ. Jesus does not want us to rush in, to guess, to proclaim, the Kingdom arrival because the work is far from finished. Too many people are reading signs and wonders and proclaiming the end date but we are not really allowed to do that. Every time someone does God has proven them wrong. In fact, we have actually gone backwards.

The Kingdom takes hold every time we welcome a reborn brother and sister into the Body of Christ. The Kingdom builds up every time we witness and share. Scripture tells us the goal is for the whole world to cry out in the name of the Lord. But our impatience blocks His return when all we do is pray without personal action. This requires patience and steadfast love.

James advised the church in Jerusalem to be patient and steadfast in the faith.

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation .James 5:7-12

So what is James telling us? Just as it takes time and actions for the plants to bear fruit, so we must have patience and grow ourselves as we were instructed by Scripture and through the teachings of Christ. Do not waiver from your beliefs but have the strength to remain steadfast in your faith.  

Do you waste your time in judgment of the world or do you try to help the world understand the truth? How often do we look at another and immediately place a label due to skin tone, clothes, attitude, and lifestyle. That is judging, we all do it. It is increasingly hard not to especially when those who say they want inclusiveness and love are actually the most judgmental when they do not get their way. We need more people who understand what is right in God’s eyes and be more compassionate. We need more people who understand and obey the law of the land and God’s Laws. This world needs a change of Heart.

Where is your heart? Are you patiently waiting and advancing the Kingdom by sharing the gospel, or are you in constant prayer because you grow weary of the world and constantly as Jesus to return quickly?

The Difference Between Slowness and Patience

God's Timing

Our God never does anything slow for we cannot place a time limit on the Father. Instead, the Father is very patient and will do things when He is ready. We see this numerous times in Scripture where God either acted quickly (usually to prove a point) or patiently waited till the right moment when absolutely needed (also to prove a point). Patience and slowness may seem the same to us but they are truly different. The second letter of Peter tells us:  

Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins. However, the Day of the Lord will come “like a thief.” On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up.2 Peter 3:8-10

Time is Irrelevant

Literally speaking, time is a man-made measurement with which some people use to test God. Human understanding makes it known that 24 hours makes one day, 60 minutes make an hour, and 60 seconds make a minute. Some civilizations counted the year according to the season, some by the lunar cycle, others by the stars and rotation around the sun. All these ways mean nothing to the Lord except the separation of day (light) from night (darkness).

The Book of Genesis tells us that God gave us a way to measure a day through the rotation between daytime and night time. Everything we needed to know about the passing of days was and is written in the sky. On the earth, the cycle of the year is written in the seasons. The two seasons of greatest concern were planting and harvest. In the heavens, time does not exist so things happen as God desires and plans them to.

Why Does God Take So Long To Answer Prayers?

Really the question should be if/when does God answer prayers. The answer is yes He does, but not when we desire it. Sometimes we do not even see the direct results of the answered prayer until the situation is resolved in the way God intends it to be. We can ask and ask all day for a month and our persistence may pay off in good ways or even bad ways. It all depends on the intention of the heart and how it expresses the needs and desires of the person or group.  

Do Not Challenge God’s Timing 

God is never, ever slow in His actions. He patiently waits until the person or persons is truly ready to receive the answer in the way God intends it to be shown. This means we should never test God with a request for an immediate answer, you might regret it.

God is Slow to Anger

So if there is anything that God is slow about, it is His aggressive jealousy and anger. That is His patience with us. What we see as slow, He is actually waiting on us. Think of what we found in the Book of Job and how long it took between Job starting to question God and His patient yet stern answer. Or better yet, how long did God wait to see if Sodom and Gomorrah would change before He had enough. God’s patience with us was tested before He flooded the earth. He gave Noah a long time to build the ark and (not putting words into God’s mouth) was probably hoping mankind would change so He did not have to destroy and rebuild.   

What is the Answer?

As God is patient with us, we should slowly wait and be patient with Him. Still be fervent and persistent in prayer but be sure to ask something that you will not regret. If anyone should be slow it should be us. Our hearts are slow to see the patience of God. We are His creation and abide by His rules, His Plan, His Will, His focus, His Grace, Mercy, and Love.