Bieng Patient has never been one of my strong suits. So it is obviously an area that the Lord has and will continue to help me overcome whether I like it or not. For if I am His, He will complete the work He has begun in me.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Patience (ˈpā-shənz) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast. Antonyms include hasty and impetuous.
In the Christian religion, patience is one of the most valuable virtues of life. Increasing patience is viewed as the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian who has accepted the gift of salvation. While patience is not one of the traditional biblical three theological virtues nor one of the traditional four cardinal virtues, it is one of the seven virtues, alongside chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, and humility.
In the Christian Bible, patience is referred to in several sections. The Proverbs note that “through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:14-16, NIV); Ecclesiastes points out that the “end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:7-9, NIV); and Thessalonians states that we should “be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good for each other and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, NAB). In James, the Bible urges Christians to be patient, and ” see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,…until it receives the early and the late rains.” (James 5:7-11, NAB). In Galatians, patience is listed as one of the “fruit of the Spirit”: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. (Galatians 5:21-23, NIV). In Timothy, the Bible states that “Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life”.(1 Timothy 1:15-17, NIV).
The reason why I need patience and why I am called live with this Fruit in my life.
1Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of David. 2Shall not my soul be subject to God? for from him is my salvation. 3For he is my God and my saviour: he is my protector, I shall be moved no more. 4How long do you rush in upon a man? you all kill, as if you were thrusting down a leaning wall, and a tottering fence. 5But they have thought to cast away my price; I ran in thirst: they blessed with their mouth, but cursed with their heart. 6But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my patience. 7For he is my God and my saviour: he is my helper, I shall not be moved. 8In God is my salvation and my glory: he is the God of my help, and my hope is in God. 9Trust in him, all ye congregation of people: pour out your hearts before him. God is our helper for ever. 10But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive. 11Trust not in iniquity, and cover not robberies: if riches abound, set not your heart upon them. 12God hath spoken once, these two things have I heard, that power belongeth to God, 13and mercy to thee, O Lord; for thou wilt render to every man according to his works.
I am called to have patience. My patience is to come from the Lord and to be patient in him only. I am to be in His will and doing His will. My life belongs to Him therefore I am no longer to be a slave to sin but a slave to and for Christ.
So when I know that I am to live according to the will of God I am the type of person to jump head first. This of course can cause some problems if I am not prepared. As many of you have read and are reading this journey that I am taking it is one of process. It cannot be jumped into head first. There has to be a process one that will be lead of God. A process that Glorify’s God in every step. Patience and the trusting of God at this point in my walk isimportant. I do not want to rush ahead nor do I want to be sitting still. Process is a continuing movement.
For now we wait on the Lord to resolve some issues on health, work and money. I can still move forward in paring down, learning and researching. I continue to work toward selling things we don’t need and keeping our eyes open to possiblities. (rv’s or trailers)
I know that the will of God is for us is to move out of Egypt and move to a biblical agrarian lifestyle. But I also know that it will be done in His time and in the way He sees fit. He is a sovereign God and I want to be in His perfect will.
The hardest part for me is knowing that I have to give up control as well as give up most of what we have (material things). It is not easy and can be hard on the flesh. But we are to crucify the flesh daily. Ouch! I am thankful the Lord gives us enough mercy and grace for each day. I need it! I pray that daily I glorify Him in all I do…. I know that I fail miserable at this many times but I also know that I must keep going. It is only His strength and bieng hid in the shadow of His wings can I do anything. I praise God for those that He has so wonderfully brought into our lifes, those that are like minded, those that are examples and teachers. They encourage and pray for us as well. We are not to be alone on this journey!
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Deuteronomy Chapter 11
1Therefore you shall love Yahweh your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his ordinances, and his commandments, always. 2Know you this day: for I don’t speak with your children who have not known, and who have not seen the chastisement of Yahweh your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his outstretched arm, 3and his signs, and his works, which he did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and to all his land; 4and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how Yahweh has destroyed them to this day; 5and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place; 6and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben; how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel: 7but your eyes have seen all the great work of Yahweh which he did. 8Therefore shall you keep all the commandment which I command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land, where you go over to possess it; 9and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10For the land, where you go in to possess it, isn’t as the land of Egypt, from whence you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, as a garden of herbs; 11but the land, where you go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of the sky, 12a land which Yahweh your God cares for: the eyes of Yahweh your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year. 13It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to my commandments which I command you this day, to love Yahweh your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil. 15I will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. 16Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17and the anger of Yahweh be kindled against you, and he shut up the sky, so that there shall be no rain, and the land shall not yield its fruit; and you perish quickly from off the good land which Yahweh gives you. 18Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes. 19You shall teach them your children, talking of them, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates; 21that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth. 22For if you shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave to him; 23then will Yahweh drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. 24Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even to the hinder sea shall be your border. 25There shall no man be able to stand before you: Yahweh your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread on, as he has spoken to you. 26Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you shall listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day; 28and the curse, if you shall not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known. 29It shall happen, when Yahweh your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, that you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30Aren’t they beyond the Jordan, behind the way of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the Arabah, over against Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh? 31For you are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which Yahweh your God gives you, and you shall possess it, and dwell therein. 32You shall observe to do all the statutes and the ordinances which I set before you this day.
Blessings to those who hear the truth and obey it