MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
July 7, 2010
Faith and Patience IV
(Examples of Others who Patiently Endured)
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. God’s ability is connected with what we say.
3. The purpose of the Bible is to build your faith – which is an understanding that God wants to give us a victorious life.
4. The central theme of the Bible is deliverance – God will bring you out. You read the Bible to learn how God delivers. (Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11)
B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. Jesus, as a man, is hungry. This example helps us to understand that as a man anointed with power to speak to inanimate objects, we can do likewise when we use our faith by saying. In other words, we can speak to our mountains like Jesus.
A. Patience defined…
1. Composure; poise; self control; quietness; stillness; even tempered throughout the faith process; standing completely in control under pressure (when the thing you are believing for seems to be taking too long); 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.
B. Patience is necessary because the word of God is a seed. (St. Luke 17:5-6)
1. God gives a Word or a promise; how you use your faith changes the promise into tangibility.
2. Faith is the word of God.
3. Faith is treated like a seed.
4. The seed needs time to grow which requires patience.
5. There is a preparation process to bring things from one state to another (like baking a cake); from one realm to another.
C. An example of Abram’s faith for our learning:
1. Hebrews 6:12-15
2. Romans 4:17-21
a. A faith confession is calling those things that be not as though they were, like calling for a dog not in your presence.
b. All your needs have been created in another realm (Ephesians 1:3); faith calls for the replacement from the spiritual realm to the natural realm.
c. God must get us to a level of full persuasion whereby we are not moved by anything.
A. Jesus’ patience in a storm
1. St. Mark 4:35-41; St. Mark 5:1-2
a. Jesus prepares to sleep in a storm by bringing His pillow. (verse 38)
b. Faith is preparing to sleep in a storm.
c. The storm was an attempted diversion to cause Jesus to become impatience.
d. Had Jesus been impatient, He would have missed the timing of the demoniac man. (verses 1-2)
e. You are able to remain patient because you trust God.
f. Patience is the key to God using your life to change situations.
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