Tag: Patience

God’s amazing patience!

Scripture reading for October 21st: Jeremiah 50-51, 2nd Peter 3

Key Scriptures: 2nd Peter 3:9-13 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

Mankind is very short-sighted. They tend to live for each day and many worry about the future, but fail to prepare for it. Peter called the believers to patient endurance. The Lord is patient with each person, and He wants none to perish. The Day of the Lord’s return will come suddenly and bring everlasting destruction to the earth and the unsaved. But followers of Jesus are looking forward to a New Heaven and New Earth and eternal righteousness! It will happen suddenly too! Amen!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me daily to see the big picture and Your amazing mercy and patience with the lost. Use me to help others see Your patience and prepare them for Your sudden return!

Jeremiah 51:6 “”Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the repayment He is rendering her.””

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Patience required!

Scripture reading for October 9th: Jeremiah 37, 21, 34, Psalm 79, James 5

Key Scriptures: James 5:7-9 “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.”

The Church of Jesus Christ needs patience! Jesus has promised His return for His Church and judgment for the wicked. The Church can be confident that He will come again but the time of this great event is left unknown to believers. No one knows the day or the hour! James uses farmers as an example of patience. They plant the crop and must wait through a whole growing season for the precious fruit to come forth. This requires early rains to get it started and late rains to fill the harvest and mature the fruit. Grumbling about the lack of rain is not faith! We must establish our hearts on God’s faithfulness and truth!

Psalm 79:13 “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation will will recount Your praise.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great patience with me and with the rebellious of this world. Help me to show Your patience to others and not grumble. I know the Judge is coming soon!

Jeremiah 21:14 “I will punish you according to the fruit of your deeds, declares the Lord; I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all that is around her.”

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Empowering prayer for others!

Scripture reading for March 5th:  Numbers 8-11, Colossians 1

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 1:9-12 “And so from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”  

Paul prayed for the believers he had been told about, asking God for spiritual gifting and increased understanding and knowledge of God.  He knew God was glorified when they would produce fruit as a result of knowing His will and doing it.  Growth spiritually is not always instantaneous, but requires patience and endurance through many setbacks and obstacles.  Prayer is the best thing we can do for new believers–and older saints!

Numbers 11:24-25  “So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord.  And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders.  As soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied.  But they did not continue doing it.”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit and wisdom today that I might speak Your Word with boldness and understanding.  Thank You for the prayers of Paul that inspire me to pray for myself and others.

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Patience for repentance!

Scripture reading for November 18th:  2nd Peter 3, Psalm 87-88, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 3:8-10  “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”  

As the Apostle Peter concludes his last letter before being martyred, he pointed the church to God’s long-suffering and mercy.  Although it seemed that the Lord was slow concerning His promise of returning, God was really being patient with all men, not wanting any to perish.  They should call on the Lord while His patience remained (repentance), because a day was coming when there would be His sudden return.  To the unrepentant, it would be like a thief and would bring great destruction on the heaven and earth and eternal loss for them.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and great patience towards sinners, of which I have benefited.  Use me today to share the good news of Your patience and desire to save those who are perishing, headed for eternal death.

Proverbs 14:11-12 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  

 

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Our Patient Lord!

Scripture reading for November 16th:  Ezekiel 13-16, 2nd Peter 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 3:8-10  “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

How thankful we who dwell on the earth should be for our Lord’s patience!  He has promised destruction of the wicked and a cleansing of the earth by fire but is patiently waiting for all that will to come to repentance.  He would rather bless than judge and destroy.  But His patience will ultimately give way to judgment when the day of the Lord comes.  Fire and retribution are assured for the wicked.

Ezekiel 16:43 “Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have enraged Me with all these things, therefore, behold, I have returned your deeds upon your head, declares the Lord God.  Have you not committed lewdness in addition to all your abominations?”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your patience with me and with our lost world.  Help me to share the Good News of Your patience with the lost.  Amen.

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Inheriting the Kingdom!

Scripture reading for March 20th:  Joshua 12-14, Luke 13

Key Scriptures: Luke 13:18-19  “He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like?  And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made their nests in it.”

Jesus illustrated the nature of God’s kingdom to His disciples.  He used the common mustard seed to illustrate how powerful something appearing so small in the natural really was.  When this small seed was placed in the garden, it grew and became a great tree that could provide shelter and nesting for the birds.  Caleb’s faith build his inheritance after 45 years of patience!

Joshua 14:10-12 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as He said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness.  And now,  behold, I am this day eighty five years old.  I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me, my strength is now what my strength was then. So now, give me that hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day. . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for these examples of men of faith that believed and stood on Your Word.  May I be strong and courageous all my days.  Amen.

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Thankful for Grace (again)!

Scripture reading for February 9th:  Numbers 11-14

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 14:17-19  “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared:  ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.  Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generations.’  In accordance with Your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as You have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”

The Israelites were in rebellion against the Lord’s command to go in and take their promised land.  Moses prayed after God spoke of destroying them and making another people through Moses.  He prayed that the Lord’s ‘strength’ would be displayed!  This ‘strength’ was forgiveness of sin and rebellion and continued patience with His people!

Overflowing Thanksgiving:  Thank God for His Strength that makes sinners alive from death!  “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved!” (Ephesians 2:5)

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All Glory to King Jesus!

Scripture reading for September 23rd:  1st Timothy 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 1:15-19  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”  

Paul’s testimony formed the basis of his advice to the younger minister Timothy.  Paul knew he was the worst of sinners because he had persecuted and killed Christians.  Jesus Christ appeared to him and personally confronted him with his need to repent.  God showed His patience and great mercy for Paul as an example to all who would believe on Jesus Christ.   In sharing these truths of Christ’s great mercy and patience, Paul’s heart and pen flows with worship to His Lord and King!

Observations for over-comers:   Our salvation and new creation life is based on Christ’s patience and mercy and intervention on our behalf.  Overcomers base their lives on this truth and live a life of worship!  “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”  (Psalm 89:1-2)

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The Judge is at the door!

Scripture reading for November 21st: James 5:1-20

Most Christians know about the promise of Jesus coming again.  This coming has been foretold for about two thousand years and it still hasn’t taken place.  James wrote to remind the early church and us of our need for patience and active faith in the face of suffering and persecution.

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:7-9)

Being a farmer in my early years taught me a lot about patience.  I could plant the seed, but I couldn’t hurry the harvest.  I could keep the weeds out of the crop, but God had to bring the rains in their proper time.  I had to wait with faith that God would provide.  He always took care of us, even though it was sometimes at the last minute!

When we wait, it is easy to become impatient and get into strife and grumbling.  The Israelites did this as they waited in the desert to go into the promised land.  Their grumbling brought God’s judgment.  (1st Corinthians 10:1-10)  James warns us not to grumble.  The One who will judge us is right at the door–ready to come at any instant!  Knowing this and believing this should help keep us on the right course to meet the Lord.

James cites the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as another example of patience.  “As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:11)  Job lost everything he had as well as his health but he held onto his faith.  He was eventually restored double by the Lord!  (Job 42:10)  Perseverance and faith have a great reward in the end.  So it shall be for each person who trusts God and stays faithful through the trials and tests of life.  The righteous Judge will restore and reward the faithful but the unbeliever will suffer great loss!

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Be patient–Jesus is coming!

Scripture reading for December 16th: James 1-5

James was the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  He was known to be the pastor of the church in Jerusalem and full of practical wisdom.  One of his nicknames was “camel knees” because of time spent in prayer.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  (James 1:2-4)  Not many people like trials.  But  James says we should embrace trials with joy, because we know they develop perseverance.  We need perseverance to grow and mature.

“Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he waits for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:7-9)  We need mature faith and patience because Jesus is coming.  Farmers regularly wait upon God for the needed rains to grow and mature their crops.    Grumbling is a sign of impatience.  God will judge those who are impatient and fail to wait.

“Brothers, as an example  of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:10-11)  James is always addressing the “brothers” in an encouraging way, appealing to their past knowledge and understanding as Jewish believers.  They were familiar with the prophets and their suffering–especially Job, the oldest book of the Bible.   Job suffered patiently and God restored him completely at the end of his trial.

“Is anyone in trouble? He should pray.” (James 5:13a)  James ends his letter with an encouragement to pray when in trials or trouble.  Prayer helps us to persevere and develops patience.  Elijah of old prayed and waited on God.  God answered him.  He will answer us today as well!  We must persevere and watch and pray!  Jesus is coming!  The rains mean harvest!  The trials mean more maturity and joy!

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