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Patience

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and I believe it is very much a part of love. In the description of love found in 1 Corinthians 13:4 the first thing it says about love is that love is patient.

There are 2 primary words for patience in the NT; the meaning of one is patience with people and the other is more patience with circumstances. Col 3:12 is an example of patience with people. Here the word can also be translated as long suffering; with the sense of restraint in terms of revenge when people try our patience. Hebrews 10:36 is an example of patience in circumstances where it says we need to have patience or endurance, so we can see the manifestation of what we are believing God for; despite contradictory circumstances.

So, we see that when it comes to patience in the face of circumstances, it is very much tied together with faith as it says in Hebrews 6:12 (KJV): "faith and patience inherit the promises". In Mark 11:24 we read “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”. We believe that our prayers are answered when we pray but the physical manifestation of the answer to our prayers may take some time to arrive; this calls for patience.

As we meditate on God’s word concerning patience, the Holy Spirit can develop that fruit within us.

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Patience in Waiting

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Ps 27:14; KJV). When we pray in faith we sometimes have to wait long periods of time for our prayers to be answered. However, we need to stay in faith, trusting the Lord to come through for us.

In Psalm 31:14 David said he trusted in God. That is how we need to wait for answers to prayer. David again, in Psalm 37:7 said to: "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him”.

Abraham and Sarah are good examples of people who had to wait a long time for an answer. In Genesis 17:5 God told Abraham that he would be the: “father of many nations’ but this did not come to pass until many years later. However, we are told in Romans 4:20 that he did not waver and was empowered by faith. In Hebrews 11:11 we are told about Sarah's faith - that she was able to conceive a child when she was old.

If we are going to wait well we must be ready for satan's lies and refute them with the word. We must exercise hope, allow our words to agree with the word of God and not the devil and keep thanking God in advance for the answers we are believing for. “Faith and patience inherit the premises” (Heb 6:12b).

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Patience in Tribulation; God Has a Plan.

 Joseph, in the Old Testament (Gen 37-45), had dreams that his brothers and father would bow down to him. This did not go down well with his brothers. Joseph new God had a call to greatness on his life but many challenges faced him before he achieved his call. His brothers were about to kill him but God intervened and he was sold into slavery in Egypt.

In Egypt he served Potiphar and God blessed him and his master’s house. Potiphar’s wife wrongly accused Joseph of molesting her and Joseph wound up in prison. While in prison Joseph found favor with God and became the right-hand man of the prison keeper. God gave Joseph the interpretation of dreams for two of the Pharaohs servants who were imprisoned. Pharaoh had two dreams and one of the servants who had been in prison with Joseph new Joseph could interpret the dreams.

Joseph came before Pharaoh and because of his great wisdom was made Pharaoh’s deputy. In this role Joseph got to see his brothers again as they came to Egypt for grain in a time of famine; the brothers bowed down to Joseph. It is interesting how God was with Joseph throughout all his trails and no doubt used some of them to form character in Joseph for the task he had for him.

God has a plan for all of our lives (Jer 29 :11) but his timing is not the same as ours (2 Peter 3:8). His ways are above ours and we don’t always understand how God works (Isa 55:8-9). We need to be patient and keep our eyes on him; keep focused, trust him. Don’t try to second guess God or work out the plan for God; we need to allow God to change and mold us for the task he has for us. It will be good: “for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance”, in other words they don’t change (Rom 11:29; KJV).

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