Fruit of the Spirit (Patience)

THE NECESSITY OF PATIENCE
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – PATIENCE IS ONE OF THOSE WORDS THAT WE QUICKLY SKIP OVER IN SCRIPTURE. IT IS NOT AN EXCITING WORD, RATHER BORING IN FACT, THAT IS UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND ITS ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

AS A YOUNGER MAN I USED TO HUNT AND I QUICKLY LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENCE IN WAITING FOR THE DEER TO COME OUT AND FOR THAT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE RIGHT SHOT. I ALSO REMEMBER MY UNCLE VICTOR. HE WAS A FISHERMAN. HE USED TO CATCH THESE LARGE MUSKEE IN OUR SMALL RIVER. HE USED TO CATCH MANY OF THEM 40 INCHES LONG AND MORE. HE WOULD CATCH THEM FROM THE SAME FISHING HOLES THAT I HAD FISHED AT MANY TIMES SO I BEGAN TO WONDER WHAT HE WAS DOING THAT I WASN’T. I DISCOVERED THAT HE WAS USING A DIFFERENT BAIT AND THAT HE WAS MUCH MORE PATIENT THAN I, WAITING FOR HOURS, HARDLY MOVING, BUT WATCHING INTENTLY. THE WAITING PAID OFF FREQUENTLY WITH A LARGE FISH IN HAND, THE REWARD THAT HE WAS WAITING FOR.

THERE IS AN INTERESTING VERSE IN LUK 21:19 (MKJV) BY YOUR PATIENCE YOU WILL GAIN [POSSESS] YOUR SOULS. LUK 21:19 “IN [OR, BY] YOUR* PATIENT ENDURANCE ACQUIRE YOUR* SOULS. (ANALYTICAL / LITERAL) WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THE WORD PATIENCE MEANS CHEERFUL OR HOPEFUL ENDURANCE.

II) ONE OF FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – EVIDENCE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE & MATURITY
A) FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT COMES FROM ABIDING IN THE VINE.
B) GAL 5:19 – 23 (KJV) NOW THE WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE MANIFEST, WHICH ARE THESE: FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, LASCIVIOUSNESS, 20 IDOLATRY, SORCERY, ENMITIES, STRIFE, JEALOUSIES, WRATHS, FACTIONS, DIVISIONS, PARTIES, 21 ENVYINGS, DRUNKENNESS, REVELLINGS, AND SUCH LIKE; OF WHICH I FOREWARN YOU, EVEN AS I DID FOREWARN YOU, THAT THEY WHO PRACTISE SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. 22 BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING (PATIENCE) , KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, 23 MEEKNESS, SELF-CONTROL; AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW.
C) JESUS NEVER SHOWED IMPATIENCE, BUT WAITED ON THE TIMING OF THE PLAN AND PURPOSE OF GOD.

III) PAUL’S ADMONITION TO TIMOTHY
A) 1TI 6:11- 12 (KJV) 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.
B) 2TI 3:10 – 13 (KJV) 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.
IV) RESTING IN GOD AND NOT FRETTING & WORRYING.
PSA 37:7 – 9 (KJV) REST IN THE LORD, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM: FRET NOT THYSELF BECAUSE OF HIM WHO PROSPERETH IN HIS WAY, BECAUSE OF THE MAN WHO BRINGETH WICKED DEVICES TO PASS. 8 CEASE FROM ANGER, AND FORSAKE WRATH: FRET NOT THYSELF IN ANY WISE TO DO EVIL. 9 FOR EVILDOERS SHALL BE CUT OFF: BUT THOSE THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.

V) HOW DO WE GAIN PATIENCE?
ROM 5:3 (KJV) 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.

VI) WARNING FROM HEBREWS REGARDING THE NECESSITY OF PATIENCE.
HEB 10:35 – 39 (KJV) 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.

VII) WAIT PAITENTLY FOR THE PROMISE WITH SAINTS OF ALL AGES.
A) HEB 6:13 – 15 (KJV) FOR WHEN GOD MADE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM, BECAUSE HE COULD SWEAR BY NO GREATER, HE SWARE BY HIMSELF, 14 SAYING, SURELY BLESSING I WILL BLESS THEE, AND MULTIPLYING I WILL MULTIPLY THEE. 15 AND SO, AFTER HE HAD PATIENTLY ENDURED, HE OBTAINED THE PROMISE.
B) JAM 5:7- 11 (KJV) BE PATIENT THEREFORE, BRETHREN, UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD. BEHOLD, THE HUSBANDMAN WAITETH FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH, AND HATH LONG PATIENCE FOR IT, UNTIL HE RECEIVE THE EARLY AND LATTER RAIN. 8 BE YE ALSO PATIENT; STABLISH YOUR HEARTS: FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD DRAWETH NIGH. 9 GRUDGE NOT ONE AGAINST ANOTHER, BRETHREN, LEST YE BE CONDEMNED: BEHOLD, THE JUDGE STANDETH BEFORE THE DOOR. 10 TAKE, MY BRETHREN, THE PROPHETS, WHO HAVE SPOKEN IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, FOR AN EXAMPLE OF SUFFERING AFFLICTION, AND OF PATIENCE. 11 BEHOLD, WE COUNT THEM HAPPY WHICH ENDURE.

VIII) CONCLUSION – FAITH AND PATIENCE GO HAND IN HAND. PATIENCE IS A REFLECTION OF OUR TRUST IN GOD. IN WAITING ON HIS WILL- THE EXECUTION OF HIS PLAN FOR ALL MAN KIND. IT INVOLVES NOT JUST US BUT ALL PEOPLE OF ALL AGES SAINTS AND SINNERS. GOD HAS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR ALL. IN YOUR PATIENCE YOU GAIN (CONSERVE) YOUR SOULS. REV 14:12 HERE IS THE PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS: HERE ARE THEY THAT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND THE FAITH OF JESUS.

 

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