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Waiting Patiently For The Promised Blessing

God made his promise to Abraham… “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. – Hebrews 6:13-15

Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him a son. It isn’t that unusual for a man of that age to father children. What is unusual is that his wife was near the same age. Abraham had already been walking with God many years and he had developed great faith in the word of the Lord, but this was a stretch even for him. Yet he believed and waited for the promise to be fulfilled.

It is sometimes easier to believe than it is to wait for the promise. Abraham and Sarah waited many years for this promise to come to pass, and all the while Sarah’s biological clock ticked way past the time when women could bear children. Yet they waited. God’s promises are fulfilled in his time, not ours.

God called me to preach when I was in High School. At that time I had a vision of preaching before a crowd of people and I appeared to be in Africa. A few years ago I was ministering in a crusade in Liberia, West Africa. I looked across the crowd of people assembled there and all at once I realized that it was the crowd I had seen in the vision over 40 years before.

Has God given you a vision, or a promise that has yet to be fulfilled? Perhaps someone was guided by the Holy Spirit to recognize a particular calling in your life and spoke that to you, but you have not yet seen the fruit of that promise. Maybe God spoke a promise to you about finances, or relationships, and you are still waiting for the fulfillment of that promise.

Put yourself in Abraham’s place. See yourself waiting, patiently all those years before the promise was fulfilled. Then see yourself today waiting for God’s promise to you to be fulfilled. Every time you get impatient with God concerning his promises to you remember Abraham. God knows the best time – wait for his time.

Prayer: Lord, you have given so many promises and I am trying to wait patiently for their fulfillment, but it’s hard to wait. Grant me the wisdom and the patience wait for your timing. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: When you get impatient with God concerning his promises to you remember Abraham. God knows the best time – wait for his time.

Affirmation: I am committed to waiting patiently on the Lord until He speaks revelation to me and then to wait until He says it is time to implement the revelation.

Reflection: Waiting for the right timing is always critical and it requires a commitment to the outcome. Patience is required to wait for the right time to act. What are your thoughts on being patient?

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Angels Protect Those Who Patiently Trust Him

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears… The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 34:4-8

 David is telling the story of a strange event in the writing of this psalm. He was hiding from Saul and on the move when he stumbled into the camp of another enemy. Realizing he was about to be captured and probably killed he quickly began to act like a man who has lost his mind. The enemy thought he was crazy and were afraid to harm him so they drove him away.

When we trust the Lord he will make a way of escape for us in every situation, but we have to trust him to come through, even when he waits to the last second. If David did not have a pattern of trusting the Lord in difficult times he would not have been prepared to respond in this situation.

David displayed a characteristic of patience that we don’t often think of. David displayed the kind of patience that is ready to act, but only when he knows the right thing to do in the situation. That may mean waiting for the right second to act.

Years ago I used to play Racquetball regularly. Racquetball is a very fast moving game and it took me a while to learn that a major key to scoring points is to patiently wait for the ball (a ball that is coming at you at about 60 miles per hour). What I mean by that is if you jump at the ball a split second to soon you will mishit it and you will not have control. The difference is a split second, but to patiently wait that split second makes the difference between getting the point or not getting the point.

That is the kind of patience David displayed in this situation. He already knew that God had dispatched angels to protect him, but he had to wait for the right time to act. We are often in the same position of having to wait for God to give us direction before we act. That requires patience, a fruit of the Spirit.

Prayer: Lord, in pressing times I tend to respond according to my human nature. I know angels are protecting so grant me the grace to wait for you to come through with the answer. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: When we patiently trust the Lord he will make a way of escape for us in every situation.

Affirmation: When I am surprised by an unexpected circumstance I wait for wisdom to respond in an appropriate manner.

Reflection: Have you been surprised by an unexpected adverse circumstance that demanded an immediate response? How did you respond? Did you appeal to our Father for wisdom and wait his response?

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Patience Is A Fruit Of The Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is… Patience… Against such there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-23

 

Flowers, trees, and other plants produce fruit. The kind of fruit they produce depends upon the kind of plant they are. A fruit tree does not produce nuts or vegetables. Neither does an apple tree produce oranges. Spiritual fruit is the same.

Jesus said that we would know people by their fruit. He also said that a good tree will produce good fruit and a bad tree will produce bad fruit (Matthew 7:16-23). Jesus was talking about spiritual fruit in this passage. If someone is of a bad spirit they will produce fruit that is opposite of the fruit of the Spirit of God.

The particular fruit of the Spirit we are looking at in this month of devotions is patience. It is a characteristic of those who are spiritual to be patient. Think of the most Christ-like person you have known and remember the characteristics, or fruit, that was manifest in their life. Wasn’t patience among them?

We often think of patience in the context of waiting for something to happen. We wait for the water to boil; we wait for certain birthdays as we are growing up; we wait for the red light to turn green. There are many occasions in our life to learn patience, but most of us, outside of the work of the Holy Spirit, do not do well at being patient. The watched pot never boils, certain birthdays are always too far away and red lights take forever to turn green. Oh, for the virtue of patience.

The dictionary has an interesting definition of patient. The first application of the word patient is, “Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” The second is, “Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain.” It gives two more aspects of this word as, “Not hasty or impetuous,” and “steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.” Are you ready to pray for patience?

Prayer:  Lord, I’ve been guilty of asking for patience, and demanding it right now. Help me to submit to your guidance and allow your spirit to live through me so that the fruit of my life is the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: Patience is a principle that grows out of walking in the Spirit.

Affirmation: As I grow in my walk of faith I am producing patience in my lie.

Reflection: There are four points from the dictionary that describe patient: Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; Not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity. What are your thoughts on patience?

Audio of today’s devotion: dgw130401-patient-fruit-of-spirit

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Unity of Spirit through bond of peace

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:3

Among the characteristics of a peacemaker is humility. In fact, a person who is proud, or arrogant, cannot really be a peacemaker because they are most often concerned about how they appear and whether others are responding to them. A humble person is gentle, patient, and will bear with those who need special love and consideration.

Paul speaks of making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. How does one do that? Paul’s answer is, “through the bond of peace.” Unity begins with a commitment to peace. The Greek word used in this passage is “sundesmos” and means “a joint tie.” It is sometimes translated “ligament.” Figurative it is a uniting principle. In this verse it would mean that we are attached to one another through peace in the same way that our joints are held together by ligaments.

There is only one way to be joined in this manner. That is to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. The way we become completely humble is to become completely empty of ourselves. One word is translated “completely humble.” It is tapeinophrosunē  and it means, “a deep sense of one’s littleness; modesty, humility, lowliness of mind” (Thayers). The point being made is that being bound by peace involves considering others first.

I have counseled many people in relationships over the years and my counsel is always real simple. Act and react toward the other person according to their perceived needs not according to the way you think it ought to be. When two people do that they will have unity and they will live in peace.

That is a tall order, but that is exactly what being completely humble looks like and it is what it means to be bound to peace.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see others and their needs before I consider my own needs. Help me to be completely humble so that I’ll be united in peace with my brothers and sisters in the faith.

Principle: A spirit of unity is possible when we are bound together in peace. Literally, united to one another as ligaments are bound to the bone.

Affirmation: I can bear with others who are as human as I because the love of God binds us together with a bond of peace.

Reflection: Can you explain how it is important for a peacemaker to be humble? What are some of the characteristics of humility in a peacemaker?

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Sow In Peace and Reap Righteousness

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18

 People who declare their spiritual wisdom, yet leave chaos and discord in their wake, are usually projecting their own heart rather than the heart of God. Some people feel like it is their “gift” to shake things up and cause people to be ill at ease. Those are usually lonely people because others grow tired of all the shaking and just don’t hang around them much.

The characteristics of wisdom that comes from God are very desirable. James writes that the first thing we notice about heavenly wisdom is that it is pure. The Greek word translated, “pure,” means perfectly clean, modest or innocent and is related to holy. Wisdom which comes from God produces holiness.

The words James uses to describe this pure, or holy, wisdom from heaven should be the adjectives used to describe believers. Believers who are peace-loving will be considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

A peace-loving person is considerate of others. Have you ever noticed that some people walk into a room and immediately people begin to become tense, and other people walk into a room and people begin to relax and feel at ease. Have you wondered why that is? The first person is usually interested in their own agenda and they are not that interested in how others are affected. The first consideration of the second is how he relates to others.

A peace-loving person is moved by mercy to deny himself and submit to the needs of others. And, it is because they care more about others than themselves the fruit of their life is righteousness. James says it this way; “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

Prayer: Lord, help me to see that what I want or expect is not the most important thing in the world. The needs of others must be high on my priority list. Grant me the grace to consider others first. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Affirmation: I seek the wisdom which comes from heaven that is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Reflection: Some people who claim spiritual wisdom leave a wake of chaos in their path. Is it the wisdom of God if it produces chaos and discord? Think about it.

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Peace And Holiness Produce Unity

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  – Hebrews 12:14

It is interesting how the writer connects peace and holiness in this passage. This was not by accident. When we live holy we will have peace. When we don’t have peace we are probably lacking somewhat in our holiness.

God gives us grace to have peace with others, but according to this passage, we can miss the grace (favor) God has provided. How do we miss God’s grace on this issue? We miss it by allowing a root of bitterness to grow inside of us.

A root of bitterness will always cause trouble and will not only prevent us from having the peace of God but it will disrupt the peace of others. According to this passage a root of bitterness grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Bitterness grows out of a seed of offense and when it is full grown it’s fruit is discord.

Most of us can look back to a time when someone had done us wrong, or at least we felt they had wronged us. Instead of letting it go we kept it inside us and let it fester. Every time we saw that person, or thought about them, we remembered the thing they had done. Before long that seed of offense grows a root called bitterness and prepares to produce fruit that will defile any who come in contact with us.

The only solution is to forgive any perceived offense before it takes root. If a brother or sister has committed an offense against you that is on them; if you allow that seed of offense to grow a root of bitterness then that is on you. It is easier to forgive an offense than it is to restore the damage caused by a root of bitterness. Be at peace with all men and you will find it easier to live a holy life.

Prayer: Lord, it is not an easy thing to be at peace with all men. I find there are times when I carry things against others in my heart that I should not carry. Grant me the grace to forgive easily and not allow any root of bitterness to grow up in me. In Jesus name.

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