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07/14/2010 – “Faith and Patience” V – The Trying of My Faith

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Tuesday in the Truth & Wednesday in the Word
July 13 & 14, 2010

Faith and Patience V
(The Trying of My Faith)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
1. God pronounces in the spirit realm an assignment for every believer’s life.  (Hebrews 12:9; Acts 10:34)
2. God’s ability is connected with what we say.

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. Believers address malfunctioning issues in their life with the Word.

• A profile of how faith works
1. Romans 4:17
2. Romans 10:17
3. Hebrews 11:1
a. The word of God distinguishes those things in the spiritual realm that you are calling for in Romans 4:17.
4. Profile of faith – an example of speaking and making man
a. Genesis 1:26-28 – God called man from the spiritual realm.
b. Genesis 2:7 – Man is formed in the natural realm.
5. Every man and everything man will ever need God created in the spiritual realm in Genesis 1.
6. Faith calls for those things from the spiritual realm to the natural realm.
7. Between calling for and seeing manifestation is time.
8. Waiting for manifestation requires the spirit of patience.

I. The Trying of My Faith
• James 1:1-8
a. A temptation is proof applied to an experiment. 
b. At the end of patience is “no wants”.  In other words, the more patient you become the more perfect you become and the more you will lack nothing.
c. To waver is to withdraw from your purpose or faith.
d. A man of faith intensifies his stance when the pressure is on.  He does not stop attending church, listening to the word of God or applying the principles from the Word.
e. Doubt is having two minds: one mind strongly believes God is able but the other mind is not so sure God will do it for him. 

A. Faith is proven by our trials.
1. Trying or to try in verse 3 – to test something for the purpose of approving it; the aim of our test is to determine whether our faith is pure faith, genuine faith or impure faith?
2. Trials help to expose your capacity – how strong you truly are and how much you can truly handle.

B. Impatience accelerates foolishness and leads to regrets.
1. Genesis 16:1-16
a. Abram and Sarai’s foolishness produces Ishmael before the child of promise, Isaac.
b. Foolishness produces immediately. (verse 4)
c. Faith is always tested by time.
2. Exodus 32:1
a. Because of Moses delay, the children of Israel created and began to worship another god.
b. Delayed in verse 1 is to become disappointed because your faith has not produced.
c. Impatience leads to a new god.
d. Moses anger, initiated by the children of Israel foolishness, was the beginning of a series of events that prevented Moses from entering into the Promised Land.

C. Definitions to better gain concept of patience:
1. Patience – being cheerful in the midst of trials, hopeful, endurance, constancy, continuance, waiting.
2. Patience – composure; poise, self control, quiet, stillness, being even-tempered during the faith process, standing completely in control under pressure.
3. Patience is being un-phased by time:
a. The true test of faith is time – how long can you wait?
b. To remain, endure or bear things in life.
c. The man who is not swayed from his deliberate purpose and is loyal by faith even through the greatest trials and test.
4. Four words that describe another side of patience: 
a. Fortitude
b. Endurance
c. Steadfastness
d. Consistency or constancy

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