MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
June 30, 2010
Faith and Patience III
(The Trying of your Faith Worketh Patience)
•God pronounces in the spirit realm an assignment for every believer’s life.
1.Samson (Judges 13)
2.Samuel (I Samuel 1:17-19)
3.Paul (Galatians 1:15)
4.Jesus (St. Matthew 1:18)
5.John the Baptist (St. Luke 1:15-17)
1.When our speech agrees with what God says, it gives God permission to become involved in our lives.
2.God’s word must come out of our mouths to have success God’s way.
B.St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1.To experience supernatural results in life, you must understand the principles of faith.
2.The phrase “shall come to pass” in verse 23 implies patience.
1.Composure; poise; self control; quietness; stillness; even tempered throughout the faith process; standing completely in control under pressure; the knowledge that God is working something for my benefit and I am under control while my heavenly Father is at work.
2.Patience is maintaining control while the rest of what you do not understand about faith is being developed and determined.
3.In patience you maintain a posture of faith.
A.Patience is critical because the Word is a seed.
1.St. Luke 17:5-6
a.Faith is the seed of the word of God.
b.The word of God is incorruptible seed. (I Peter 1:23).
c.Patience allows the seed (faith) time to go through the growth process.
d.In time, the ground will reveal the nature of the seed.
e.The condition of the ground (heart) determines the success of the seed. (Proverbs 4)
f.There are three gates to the heart: hearing, seeing and saying.
g.Knowing the Word is good but it must be planted in the right place for manifestation like a male carrying seed.
a.Count all delays as joy. (Romans 15:13)
1.In many instances, Satan is behind the delay. (Daniel 10)
2.Satanic attention comes to break your focus.
b.Do not lose sight on the promise of who you are according to the Word.
3.Isaiah 30:18 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
a.God’s timing is not our timing; God waits for a more ideal time to give us maximum benefits.
b.An example of waiting: Jesus raises His friend Lazarus. (St. John 11)
1.Had Jesus not delayed the raising of Lazarus:
a.They never would have known the power and the integrity of the word.
b.The raising would only have been a miracle for Mary and Martha.
B.Observations regarding Patience
1.Abram learned to patiently endure.
b.Genesis 15:5 – God made a promise to Abram.
c.Genesis 16:3 – Because the promise has yet to manifest after 10 years, Abram becomes impatient producing an illegal offspring.
d.Genesis 17:17 – God’s promise is manifested after 20 years testing Abram’s faith.
e.Romans 4:21 – Patience will take you to a place of “full persuasion”.
2.Joseph had to endure to see the promise.
1.Joseph patience in the pit took him to the palace.
2.Joseph had to endure the rejection of his brothers, slavery, being falsely accused and imprisonment to see the promise.
3.Joseph does not retaliate; instead he glorifies God by blessing the people who hurt him. This is the embodiment of biblical patience.
4.Joseph has just as much character as physical possessions; this is when patience has had “her perfect work”.
5.Patience is a character trait.
6.Endurance leads to maturity.
7.Joseph receives the promise. (Hebrews 10:35-36)
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