Endure with Patience

December 5, 2016

James 5:7-9

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 

Endure with Patience

Have you ever gotten impatient waiting for someone, so you finally just gave up waiting and went on to do what you wanted to do?  The word of the Lord today is to be patient.  Be patient when you don’t see the Lord moving in your life.  Be patient when instead of blessing you are going through tribulation.  Be patient when there are irregular people around you that try your patience, irritate you or even are abusing you.  Be patient as you await the Lord’s coming, because His presence is here now, but His manifest presence is yet to be revealed.  The saints have been looking to the coming of the Lord for generations and while they have waited in faith for His manifest presence, His presence has been with each generation.  Even now as the Lord encourages us through James, “Be patient”, He is reminding us that there is a fullness of time for every purpose under heaven.  For everything there is a season.  

Just as the farmer tills the ground and plants the crop, he must endure with patience until the crop is mature and ready for harvest.  In the Father’s economy He has planted into the earth and there is time of fullness and maturity when it is time for harvest.  Only the Father knows that exact time.  Meanwhile, our greatest enemy is complacency and apathy.  We begin to let down our readiness and become absorbed in our daily life.  Know that we stand today at the threshold.  God is giving us a call to readiness if we can hear it.  It is a day to light our lamps and make sure that our vessels are filled with oil.  The hour of His coming is upon us.  Can you hear the trumpet sounding?  

It is time to be filled with expectancy and prayer.  It is not a time to be grumbling, murmuring and complaining.  We can’t be focused on the great deal of the negative around us if we are going to be focused on Him.  The Judge is standing at the door.  With love and patience endure all things.  Trouble, conflict and affliction often come upon the righteous because of what they stand for, but Paul says this in 2 Timothy 2:10, “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”  

Some of you have been walking a long time and waiting upon the Lord a long time.  It may seem time is running out and God hasn’t yet moved as you have been expecting Him to do.  God says, ” I see it all and I have my hidden ones that no else or very few see, but I see says the Lord.  Your faithfulness and patience hasn’t gone unnoticed and I am a rewarder of those who diligently seek Me.  Be encouraged, continue in your faithfulness and stand fast for nothing is wasted in my economy of what you have invested of yourself.  I am your sure reward.” 

Our salvation is about to be made complete, so endure with faith and patience all that is before you.  In the fullness of time He will be revealed and your patience will be rewarded. 

Blessings,

#kent

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