Category Archives: Perseverance

Please Be Patient

James 5:7-12; Psa 37:7-11

Patience is not a standalone trait. To have patience we must have faith, and to have faith we must “trust in the Lord”. We’re not going to believe anything the Lord has promised, and we’re certainly not going to have the patience it takes to secure those promises, unless we first trust Him. A trusting faith will be patient and wait on the Lord to accomplish His purpose through the trials of faith (James 1:2-4; Rom 5:3-4).

I. TEMPTATIONS IN PATIENCE

A. Complaining (Jas 5:9)
1. The longer we wait, the more likely we will complain.

B. False statements (Jas 5:12; Matt 5:33-37)
1. When the pressure is on, honesty is the first to go.

C. Temptation resistance (Jas 5:9, 12)
1. The Judge is standing, the Judgment is coming.

II. EXAMPLES IN PATIENCE

A. Farmers (Jas 5:7-8; Psa 130:1-6)
1. Don’t let appearances discourage you.

B. Prophets (Jas 5:10; Acts 7:52; Matt 5:11-12)
1. Looking back can help you look forward.

C. Job (Jas 5:11; Job 42:10-17; Jas 1:12)
1. He had no clue, but his patience was rewarded.

God has never wavered on His promises.
And even though we have wavered in our commitment to His promises,
they remain steadfast and unchangeable to the end (2 Peter 3:9).

“At Your Word, Lord”

Luke 5:1-11. Is there ever a time when you just want to give-up on something? Are there things we should never give up on? Yes! and Yes! Why should we continue doing right things, scriptural things, that don’t seem to have an effect or make a difference, a change?

I. Text

A. END of a work day (Luke 5:1-2)
B. CALL of the Lord (Luke 5:3-4)
C. PLEA of a tired fisherman (Luke 5:5)
D. COMPLIANCE of a disciple (Luke 5:5)

II. Background

A. ACQUAINTANCE: Jesus and Peter (Luke 4:31-44; John 1:35-42)
1. Peter knew Jesus by observation!
B. COOPERATION: Jesus and Peter (Luke 5:3-7)

III. Example

A. ACQUAINTANCE: God and Israel (Exo 3:13-14; cf. Exo 6:7; 7:17; 16:12)
1. Israel knew God by observation!
B. COOPERATION: God and Israel (Exo 5-15)

IV. Application

A. Knowing Christ precedes following Him (John 6:66-69)
B. Effectiveness may require a shift of emphasis (Luke 5:4)
C. We have a faithful Creator (1 Pet 4:17-19; cf. 1 Cor 1:9; Eph 3:18-21)
D. We have a fruitful endeavor (Luke 5:6-7; cf. Heb 11:13; Gal 6:9; 1 Cor 15:58; Luke 8:15)

The return on our efforts to serve the Lord, even as we give Him our all,
will be out of proportion with what has been invested!
(Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17)

Incentive for a new year’s service to Jesus Christ and His church!

Those Who Wait For The Lord

Isaiah 40:31

To wait for the Lord’s help; to place our trust in him
and to put our hope and confidence in Him.

I. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

A. Answer to Prayer (1 Peter 5:5-8)

B. Coming of Jesus Christ (Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess 1:10)

C. Day of God (2 Peter 3:11-12)

D. Redemption of Our Bodies (Rom 8:23-25)

Do our lives reflect that we are eagerly waiting for the Lord?

II. WAIT FOR THE LORD

A. Seek Him (Lam 3:25; Isa 8:17 – Matt 7:7; Matt 13:45-46)

B. Hope in His Word (Psa 130:5 – Col 1:3-5; Heb 13:5-6)

C. Obey His Word (Psa 37:34 – 1 John 2:3; 5:3)

D. Are Patient with Him & Others (Psa 37:7 – Jas 5:7; Gal 5:22; Col 3:12; 1:9-11)

E. Don’t Take Revenge (Prov 20:22 – Matt 5:44; 1 Cor 13:4; Rom 12:18-21; 2 Thess 1:6)

III. GIFTS OF THE LORD

A. New Strength: To defend the faith and serve our Lord (Eph 6:10-11; 1 Pet 4:11)

B. Wings like Eagles: To live above the world and in communion with God (Eph 2:4-6)

C. Run and Not Get Tired: To carry out an arduous schedule of service (Jas 5:8-11; Rom 15:4-5)

These are the blessings that a-wait those who-wait on the Lord.

Buy Truth – Don’t Sell

Solomon wrote, “Buy the TRUTH, and do not sell it” (Pro 23:23). TRUTH is such a valuable commodity that once it is obtained there is nothing on earth worth trading it for. But the very idea of a single standard of TRUTH is offensive to many people. It’s out-of-date to say that Scripture is TRUTH, or to claim that the Bible is the complete and final word of God (cf. 2 Tim 3:16-17). Relativism rules the belief system of our modern age. However, the Son of God claims to have given us all the TRUTH.

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