First Baptist Church Statesboro
everyday faith: Learning Patience
November 15, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
James 5:7-12

everyday faith: Learning Patience

November 15, 2020 / James 5:7-12

Learning Patience

(James 5:7-12)

“I wish I was as thin as my patience.”

“I had my patience tested. I was negative.”

“Lord, give me patience . . . because if you give me strength, I’m gonna need bail money to go with it.”

Main Thing to Know:

A lack of is really a lack of

Patience vs. Perseverance

  • Patience = Response to
  • Perseverance = Response to

1. Be patient with God’s (v.7-8)

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him . . . (Psalm 37:7)

 

[The] excruciating exercise of waiting marks the essence of the Christian life . . . God’s blessings do not always come with the speed of a bullet, but rather with the slow, steady approach of a glacier.

—Gary Thomas, Authentic Faith

2. Be patient with God’s (v.9)

Rather than see people as problems, Christ saw them as opportunities.

—Max Lucado, Outlive Your Life

3. Be patient with God’s (v.10-12)

[He] works all things according to the counsel of His will . . . (Ephesians 1:11)

I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. (Job 42:2)

 

God’s Plan:

– Often involves

– Requires

– Calls for

Personal Application Questions:

(1) How is God asking me ?

(2) Am I living with and toward others?

(3) Do I really trust God for what I’m facing ?

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