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•PATIENCE IN THE LORD• ‘Even youths shall faint and be weary; and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint’ ISA. 40:30&31. Beloved brethren, I wish to share the Word of encouragement with you, concerning one of the virtues we must possess as true Christians; one of the first fruits of the Spirits (ROM. 8:23; GAL. 5:22), that fruit being “patience”. To be conclusive, as the heading of this message shows, I want to enlighten you about having patience in the Lord. Firstly, it is pertinent for you to know that patience is required of you as a Christian, it must be manifested constantly by you as it is one of the fruits of the Spirit. As Jesus has said that true Christians will be discerned always, from false ones by the fruits they bear (MAT. 7:15-20), so it is important for you to display this fruit whenever it is required.
The Lord is a most patient Lord, who patiently waited for centuries for the appointed time for Christ to come, while He sadly watched man, whom He wholeheartedly loved, degenerate in sin (PSALM 90:4). Yet, this same Lord still waits patiently for many to be saved before He calls Christ to appear again (2PET. 3:8-9). This same Lord lives in you, as He has given His spirit to you in Christ Jesus (1COR. 3:16&17; 6:19&20). Apostle John wrote in 1JOHN 3:9 that God’s nature now abides in us as His Spirit dwells in us. So, we are now partakers of God’s divine being. And then, if we are partakers of His nature, it proves that we manifest what He manifests; so, as He manifests patience at all time, we are also naturally expected to manifest it. That is why it is among the fruits of the Spirit. But, brethren, there is a problem. As we have God’s nature, we also have our tainted nature; our fleshly nature that demands sinfulness from us. Not that the two exist together, but that one must take preeminence over the other because the two cannot co-habit, nor dwell together. That was why Apostle Paul on ROM. 8 emphasises the need to live in the Spirit to crucify the demands of our flesh; that is, to make the Spirit conquer over the flesh. All what I am trying to say therefore is that there come different situations that require the manifestation of patience as part of our holy nature. And at the same time, the flesh makes demand at this time to be impulsive, rash, impatient, etc. so as to overthrow our holy nature. It is then up to us as creatures with choices, to choose. Note that each choice has its consequences, whether good or bad. Apostle Paul wrote: ‘To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace’ ROM. 8:6. Those are the consequences. If you submit yourself to the demands of the flesh, you over time become spiritually dead, making the inferior flesh triumph over godliness. But if you fight against the flesh in support of the Spirit, there is life and peace, both constituting spiritual liveliness. So brethren, there come times when you will be subjected to making this choice; times that will tempt you to be impatient and impulsive; times when patience would look foolish on the surface; times when having faith in God would be unworkable superficially. For example, you see your friends getting what you desire with ease through impatient, ergo ungodly means, and you become tempted to do so, especially when your not doing it feels like failure or foolishness.
I want you to keep the Word of God in ISA. 40:30&31 to heart for this time. For emphasis, it says: ‘Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint’. That is, in other words, those ways (impatient, impulsive, ungodly ways) that seem easy to take, will tire one out. Yes, it has already been written that if one sets one’s mind on the flesh, one will die. Joining the fleshly, worldly race is tiring, because I assure you brethren, there is often no finish line or end to it, the rare times when there is an end, the end is always unfavourable. In contrast, it is written that those who wait patiently for the Lord shall “renew their strength”, and “mount up with wings like eagles”. The way might seem foolish, strange, and hard, but I tell you brethren, the Lord’s way is always the best; God’s timing is the best in all situations. When God works, it is always worth it. Consider the work of God in the lives of the Israelites in Egypt. The Egyptian took on ungodly ways over the Israelites while the Israelites were in slavery under them. They oppressed the Israelites for centuries, gaining ground on them, getting more powerful over them; they were clearly supreme over them, that for centuries. The Israelites for generations endures these afflictions, while some set their hope on God, waiting for Him patiently. Though that wait might have seemed unfavourable, foolish, and vain, they waited much patiently for the Lord anyway, while the Egyptians kept gaining the upper hand over them, and they got weaker in contrast. But when the time of the Lord came; when God decided to work by setting free the Israelites, their wait was all worth it. Systematically, for their sake, God decimated the ungodly Egyptians. The Israelites walked by foot to reach the red sea, God was able to renew their strength. Yet, the Egyptian who were on horses could not overtake them because the Lord set them on wings like Eagles. The Egyptians who were not supposed to perish as they had carriages and weapons, unlike the Israelites who were a bunch of people without weapons like them, the Egyptians nonetheless perished in the Red Sea. They became weary and tired, and eventually, they died. Brethren, those who are patient in the Lord overcomes, not those who take wrong ways in their impatience, they are bound to lose. The Word of God in ISA. 30:18 says: ‘Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait for Him’. The Lord recognises your patience whenever you choose to be patient, He waits to be gracious to you, but in order to receive His grace you must wait for His time; the perfect time. And allow Him to do things In His way; His perfect way. All those things you seem to have lost will be regained (ECCL. 3:15), and you will even gain much ground that those who have gone before you. It is the Lord’s promise if you wait patiently for His time; it is His requirement. He says in ISA. 28:16 that “He who believes will not be in haste”. That is, a believer must always manifest patience as it is one of the fruits of the Spirit, even pertaining to the second coming of Christ you need patience (ROM. 8:25). Therefore, always be patient in the Lord. MAY THE LORD GRANT YOU THE ABILITY AND WILL TO BE PATIENT IN HIM IN JESUS NAME (AMEN).

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•PATIENCE IN THE LORD•

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