Thursday, June 9, 2011

Patiently Wait Upon The Lord

"For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:36-37
The Lord has really been revealing to me the importance of patience. Whether waiting upon Him for a healing, waiting for a soul to be saved, waiting for His guidance, or for redemption...it requires patience. We as fleshy biengs (specifically American humans) are all the same - we want quick results. That would probably explain microwaves, hair/clothes dryers, cars that go from 0mph-60mph in two seconds etc.Well, God works in His perfect timing. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, when we surrender all to the Lord, and get in Christ Jesus, and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we too are expected to be patient just as "The Lord is patient toward you" (2 Peter 3:9).
Makrothymeo (Strongs concordance)
1) to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart
  a) to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles
  b) to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others
2) to be mild and slow in avenging
3) to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish

Hypomonē (Strongs concordance)
1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
  a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and suffering
  b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for 3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance
  • "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him" Psalms 37:7
  • This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12
  • We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12
  • By your patience possess your souls" Luke 21:19
  •  "Follow after...patience" 1 Timothy 6:11
  • "But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:4
  • Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10
"The need for patience as well as the reasonableness and blessedness of patience will be made clear to the waiting soul. Our patience will be seen to be the counterpart o God's patience. He longs to bless us far more thatn we desire it. But as the farmer as great patience waiting for the fruit to ripen, so God accomodates our slowness to learn and bears with our weaknesses. Let us remember this and be encouraged to wait patientnly. The Lord will bring results in its time (Isaiah 60:22).

Rest then and wait. Seek not only the help or the gift, but seek Him. Give God glory by resting in Him, trusting Him, and waiting for Him. Patience honors Him; it allows Him to do His work, yielding self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God. If your waiting is for some particular request, wait patiently. If your waiting is the excersize of the spiritual life seeking to know and have more of God, wait patiently. Whether it is in the designated periods of waiting or the continuois habit of the souls, rest in the Lord, be still before Him, and wait patiently You will inherit the land - and all else that God has planned for you." Andrew Murray Waiting on God pg. 57

Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” Does one run a race by passively waiting for slow-pokes or gently tolerating cheaters? Certainly not! The word translated “patience” in this verse means “endurance” as you can see in the meaning above. A Christian runs the race patiently by persevering through difficulties. In the Bible, patience is persevering towards a goal, enduring trials, or expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled.

Patience does not develop overnight! God’s power and goodness are crucial to the development of patience. Colossians 1:11 tells us that we are strengthened by Him to “great endurance and patience,” while James 1:3-4 encourages us to know that trials are His way of perfecting our patience. Our patience is further developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect will and timing. Our patience is rewarded in the end “because the Lord's coming is near” (James 5:7-8). “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25).
 You may be thininking to yourself, 'umm... how do I get more pateince?'. It is through suffering that we gain more pateince and endurance. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into trials of many kinds; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:2

Today, dear believers, I want to encourage you to trust in Jesus with all of your heart. He is well worth the wait and is worthy of us surrending our impatient hearts to Him!! Ask and you will receve, it may not be 'insta-miracle', But God is faithful to fulfill His promises. Draw near and hold fast to His lovingkindness! I love you all dearly! If there is anything that you need prayer for, please let me know. It is my delight to pray for you. Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Hannah Brooke Hartman

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