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07/20/2010 – “Faith and Patience” VI – The Character of Faith and Patience

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Tuesday in the Truth
July 20, 2010

Faith and Patience VI
(The Character of Faith and Patience)

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)
     a. Samson (Judges 13)
     b. Samuel (I Samuel 1:17-19)
     c. Paul (Galatians 1:15)
     d. Jesus (St. Matthew 1:18)
     e. John the Baptist (St. Luke 1:15-17)
  2. Speaking the word of God is crucial to the success of your assignment.

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
  1. Jesus, as a man, answering His “its” – contrary situations, speaks to our future potential.
  2. Speaking the word of God subtly changes the climate of your situation like a thermostat controls the atmosphere in a room. 
  3. The believer’s mouth is the thermostat of his life.
  4. The process of the spoken word performing is best described by the Hebrew word, dabar, which means both word and thing.  The implication   here is that whenever God speaks, His words become things. (St. John 1:14)

• Patience Defined…
1. Patience – composure, poise, self control, quiet, stillness, being even tempered during the faith process, standing completely in control under pressure.
2. Patience is having a good attitude over time.  In other words, patience is an attitude.
3. Patience is to endure or bear things in life understanding that the trials will bring you to greatness.

I. Patience defined in the Book of James
  A. James 5:7-15
    1. Verse 7 – [be patient] – long spirited, forbearing, to bear long, to endure.
    2. Verse 7 – [the husbandman waiteth] – God must be patient to see His plan for our lives come to pass.
    3. Verse 8 – [stablish] – to established, to be turned in a certain direction, to have a fixed or firmed heart (having a good attitude while the Word is working).
   4. Verse 11 – [Endure] – to stay under, to remain under control, to have fortitude, resilient (the Lord rewards patience)
   5. Verse 13 – [Affliction] – undergoing hardships (never allow the natural facts to override the spiritual truths or promises), the suffrage of trouble; afflictions are an indication your faith is working.
   6. Verse 14 – [Sick] – sick or sickness is any feebleness, anything that makes you weak or that causes you not to produce; elders are those who have experienced afflictions with joy.

  B. The character of faith and patience:
    1. Four words that depict the personality of patience:
      a. Fortitude
      b. Endurance
      c. Steadfastness
      d. Constancy or consistency
   2. Scriptural example of endurance:
      a. St. Matthew 10:22
         a. Endurance is an inner strength that causes you to be permanent (keep honoring the process no matter what, even while under attack).
         b. You faith will attract attacks.
      b. Saved to the end… that definite point of manifestation.
      c. Saved – to be safe (to bring to home plate as God, the umpire, calls you in as safe; in other words, that affliction is over), to be protected, to be healed, to be preserved, to do well and made whole.
  3. James 1:3-4
    a. Perfect – growth, maturity, mental and moral character, becoming of full age, to be perfected (patience brings you to maturity), wholeness or completeness.
       1. When faced with a trial, you become fit through patience; fit to complete your assignment.
       2. Patience teaches you how to corral your emotions when life happens.
        3. An impatient man cannot carry out his assignment.
   b. Entire – whole and entire in every part.
      1. Ephesians 4:13
      2. Galatians 4:19
         a. Patience allows you to receive in your spirit a hologram of everything you are believing for from God.
         b. In patience, you live in an image of what your mouth has created.
  c. Wanting nothing – satisfaction, nothing being left behind, being destitute of nothing, nothing lacking, the defeat of an army and walking away with the spoils.

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