MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
July 28, 2010
Faith and Patience VI
(Patience as a Fruit)
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. True success comes as we discover and embraced our God-given assignment.
3. The anointing is in the assignment. (Ephesians 2:10, The Amplified Bible)
B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. From blossom to fruit involves an element of time or patience. In other words, the presence of blossoms symbolize that fruit is possible when you employ patience.
2. The God-kind of faith first speaks and secondly sees what has been spoken.
3. 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)
A. Patience as a Fruit
1. Genesis 12:1-2
a. The seed of the word of God will only grow when planted where God has instructed.
b. The crop that produces the blessing is faith; and patience is required for anything to grow.
2. St. Luke 17:5-6
a. The integrity of the seed is not governed by its size.
b. The integrity of the seed is the known potential of the seed like the picture on a package of seed.
c. When planted, the ground releases the character and integrity of the seed.
d. Faith is planted by speaking the Word and patience is necessary to bring the seed of faith to maturation.
e. Patience is the supplement that grows the seed of faith.
3. Galatians 5:22-23
a. Longsuffering in verse 22 is a synonym for patience.
b. Patience is waiting with a winsome, pleasant attitude.
1. Patience describes a man who is not swayed from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith even by the greatest trials and sufferings.
2. Patience is being un-phased by the natural conditions.
3. Patience – composure, poise, self control, quiet, stillness, being even tempered during the faith process, standing completely in control under pressure.
B. Scriptural relationship between faith and patience:
1. St. Luke 21:19
2. Romans 5:3-4
3. Romans 8:25
4. Romans 15:4
5. Colossians 1:11
6. I Thessalonians 1:3
7. II Thessalonians 1:4
8. Hebrews 6:12
9. Hebrews 10:36
C. Proof of the existence of two realms:
1. Genesis 1:1
2. Colossians 1:16
3. Genesis 1:26-28
a. Firstly, faith speaks the word of God.
4. Genesis 2:7
a. Secondly, that which is spoken manifests in the natural realm.
b. Speaking impacts the spiritual realm by transferring the intangible from the spiritual realm; the intangible becomes tangible in the natural realm.
c. For example, an apple seed produces thousands of apples:
1. The seed reaches from the natural realm into the spiritual realm and pulls apple while still in the natural realm.
2. When we speak words, those words go into the spiritual realm and transfers from the spiritual realm while we are still planted in the earth.
3. Faith and patience is the glue that anchors your confession and belief system until manifestation, like the stem that holds an apple in place on a tree protecting it from the winds or contrary situations.
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