Posts Tagged ‘Patience

16
Apr
18

The Lord’s Patience

One of the hardest things about being human is learning to be patient. It’s hard to wait. From the time we’re little and can first utter those words, “Are we there yet,” we don’t like to be patient. When it comes to Heaven, we turn into those little kids. “Are we there yet?” We look around our world and know that the answer is, “No.” What could God be waiting for? Peter wrote these words:

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. – 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

I know that God wants to spend eternity with us – that’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment on the cross. I also know that He is patiently waiting for so many more to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Every day that passes is another chance for one more to say, “I believe.” May we learn to be patient as the Lord is patient. Let us share the love of God with everyone we meet so that they will join us on the day of Christ’s return.
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09
Apr
18

The Lord Wants Everyone To Be Saved

Jesus promised us that He would return. The Bible says that it will be “soon.” As we sit here nearly 2,000 years later we wonder what might be taking so long. It may seem as though God has forgotten about us. He sure seems to be taking His time in keeping this promise. The apostle Peter wrote that there is a purpose to the Lord’s patience. He wrote:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

God’s heart beats for people who are far from Him. It can be easy to fall into the trap of selfishness. We want to go to Heaven and leave this world behind! But what about those who don’t know Jesus yet? What about those who will still believe? God wants EVERYONE to be saved. Rather than sitting around waiting for Jesus to return, let’s go out and make disciples like He told us to do.
06
Apr
18

God’s Concept Of Time

When it comes to the Day of the Lord, the day when Jesus will return, the Bible says that it will happen “soon.” How can that be? It’s been nearly 2,000 years since Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven. We long for His appearing so we can leave behind the sin, pain and sorrow of this world. And yet Jesus seems so slow in coming. We wonder what is taking so long. Peter wrote:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. – 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

God’s schedule is not our schedule. His timing is not our timing. His ways are higher than our ways. What seems like forever to us has only been a little less than two days to Him. God’s purpose for delaying the return of His Son may not be understood to us, but His plans are greater than ours. Our job is to trust Him and have faith that He knows what He’s doing. We will be with Him soon and in the meantime, let us learn to patiently enjoy His presence in our lives here on earth before we enter into His presence in Heaven.
16
Jun
17

The Lord’s Help In Suffering

James, when talking about perseverance and patience in the face of suffering, gives two examples from the Old Testament. He writes:

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as 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 (NIV)

It is important to realize that we are not alone when we suffer. The prophets suffered persecution from their own people, but God was with them and strengthened them. Job suffered at the hands of the devil. God was quiet at the time of his suffering, but He rewarded Job’s patient perseverance. Suffering is hard. We don’t like to suffer. But James says that God is compassionate and merciful. He will not abandon you, even if it doesn’t feel like He is near. Don’t give up on Him for He is closer than you think and working in ways that you cannot see. Also, He will reward your patient perseverance. It may not be immediate, but there is a reward coming for your perseverance. Hold on to His promises today.
08
Jun
17

Patiently Waiting

No one enjoys suffering. The Christians of the first century suffered persecution at the hands of those who opposed the church. James told them:

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. – James 5:7-8 (NIV)

Just as a farmer must wait for the rain to water his crops, so too must Christians wait for Christ’s return. The farmer knows that the rains will come and we must know that Jesus will come back. It requires patient endurance. No matter what others may say about us or do to us, we have to remember that Christ will return and those who stand firm and remain faithful to the end will be rewarded. Jesus said that we should not be surprised if the world hates us. After all, they hated Him first. My encouragement to you today is to resolve yourself to remain faithful to Jesus no matter what. The world is getting scarier and scarier for followers of Jesus. Will you patiently stand firm until He returns?
16
Jan
17

Stuck In A Cistern

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Joseph’s story in Genesis 37.

21
Nov
16

Doesn’t God Want Me To Be Happy?

The latest talk from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on James 5:7-11 and is about the difference between happiness and joy.




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