What You Waiting For?
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT
To complete is better than to begin. Being slow to anger is better than thinking too highly of yourself.
Feeling a bit discouraged because something you are waiting on hasn't happened yet? How many times have you heard that something would happen for you, but you found yourself doubting that it would ever come to pass? Many of us are waiting on things from God like a wife, husband, a better marriage, friendships, a child, a business to take off, a job promotion, more finances etc. We've decided to believe that everything we desire will come to pass, but still find ourselves doubting it will happen for us. On this call, we will discuss what patience really is from God's perspective, how God uses your desires to build you and discover a few ways you can find inner peace and joy while you wait on the promise! You will learn the "3 P's" which will help you to develop more patience in your life.
Three Supportive Statements:
- There is a difference between patience and endurance. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that helps you to control your attitude while endurance is built in you and helps you to remain.
- Being able to acknowledge that "God is good" with a smile on our face, even while we are going through something painful is truly a mark of greatness.
- In order to receive the blessings God has in store for us, we have to be determined to have developed in us the traits and characteristics that the the blessing requires. We don't want to just pray for "stuff", we want to know what is required in us to maintain what God wants to give us since God is always interested in longetivity.
The 3 P's
(P)ower: Stay connected to the Power Source, who is the Almighty Himself.
(P)erseverance: Seek the counsel and testimony of others who have persevered through difficulties so you can be encouraged and enlightened.
(P)raise: Find reasons to be thankful your current blessings, the Presence of God and what He has done for you in the past.
Study Questions (For Me):
1. What is patience from God's perspective?
2. How can we learn to enjoy patience?
3. What are the rewards for patience, if any?
Questions for Self Reflection:
1. What am I expecting from God right now? What is my consistent attitude towards what I'm expecting?
2. Do the people around me exhibit patience? Who around me is a great example of patience?
3. What past blessing can I recall as a result of my patience?
- Don't try to "rush" the process. When you skip steps and try to avoid the pain of the process, you miss out on the fullness of the blessing.
- The two "things" that will help you to cultivate patience are wisdom and knowledge. When you seek to gain knowledge and wisdom on a particular subject that is frustrating you, you gain more perspective on the subject. You are able to see it from a slightly "higher perspective". Every piece of knowledge you gain on a subject takes you a "floor" higher in the building so you can look out and analyze the subject more fully.
- Those who are known for patience are usually known as those who have "quiet strength". Their presence and power is felt without speech. When you know how strong you are, you don't have to broadcast it because the right people can "see your muscles".
- The true meaning of "strong" means to fasten upon; to sieze. So in essence, one who is truly strong doesn't rely on their own strength, but the strength of their team. Their "team" consists of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The truly strong learn to fasten upon God realizing their own weakness.
- The purpose of God's patience and kindness with us, is to turn us from sin. Romans 2:4
(The Lord's Patience with Thomas) John 20:24-29 | (Patience, Fruit of the Spirit) Galatians 5:22 | (More Understanding, Less Anger) Proverbs 14:29 | (The Hot Tempered Man) Proverbs 15:18 | (Patience Better Than Power) Proverbs 16:32 | (Life In The Spirit) Galatians 5:16-26 | (Ruling With Patience) Wisdom of Solomon 12:18 | (The Purpose of God's Patience) Romans 2:4
- Patience is tested through trials and tribulations. Some trials and tribulations are only to reprove your faith so you can see how much you've grown. How can one know how strong he is if he never has to use his muscles?
- You want to feed your faith daily.
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