Faith and Patience, Part 2
Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
July 15, 2015
Subject
Faith and Patience Series
Description

 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  Jeremiah 29:11

expected (Hebrew)  literally, a cord (as an attachment) 

 

“Will you stay on the faith journey long enough to see that He is good?”

TIME is the faith journey that it takes to see His goodness.

 

          “By Faith                                                                            & Patience                                                                we inherit the promises.”

God’s Promise-We Choose It                                                        Our Part                                                                               God’s Part

Faith + Patience=Inheriting the Promises of God

Faith & Patience, the Power Twins

 

In studying the subject of patience in the Word of God, I am seeing that the whole Bible is a book of faith and patience.  Patience is a God characteristic, a seed deposited in our born again spirit that needs to be developed in us.  In our development of patience, we are told to be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises, that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures we might keep hope alive all the way to the end so that we too may inherit the promises. 

            Romans 15:4:  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through:

                                                   1. patience

                                                  2. and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

               Hebrews 6:11-12 NASU:  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full    assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience         inherit the promises.

By researching & studying the examples written in the scriptures, we get revelation of principles to apply to our own lives that we might imitate those who have gone before us.

 

I. Abraham

            Hebrews 6:15 AMP:  15 And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and     obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him.

 

            Abraham’s Prophetic Promise - Genesis 12:2-3:  And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make         your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;  3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

 

            1. Abraham’s season called TIME (or Patience) lasted 25 years from the time he left Haran.  What can we learn from him to imitate & keep the diligent vigil over the promises that God speaks to us?

                        A. He took God at His word, and he obeyed Him.  God blessed him in all things.  (James 1:25)

                        B. He avoided strife.  (Gen. 13) Strife stops the Blessing of the Lord from working in our lives.

                        C. After Lot left God told him, Genesis 13:14 AMP: Lift up now your eyes… or "As far as you can see, I will                        give you.”  He saw literally with his physical eyes, but today God says to us, “You must first see it on the inside, and then it will manifest on the outside. Without revelation, there is no restoration.  (Genesis 13)

                        D. Abraham not only had to see the promise, he had to look away from his past.

                        Genesis 13:14 AMP: and look from the place where you are,…  His past included his family, where he was                            born and raised, he and his wife being childless all these years, etc.  And yet everything God spoke to                             Abraham was about him and his descendants.  And so we hear the Lord saying to us today, This is a new season.  Come to me and I will give you a higher perspective than anything you see now or have seen in your past. 

                         E. In Genesis 15 when God cut covenant with Abraham, the fowls or ravenous birds swooped down to try to steal the covenant sacrifice.  Abraham drove them away.  So today, satan is after the promises of God and always attacks to steal the Word so that there will be no manifestation especially when the harvest is delayed. That is why we must show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish…

                              Hebrews 6:13 AMP:  In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but                                                            imitators,

                        By continuing in the Word and in His presence, keeping our focus on Him, we will keep hope alive all the way to the end and so inherit the promise.

                              Romans 4:18 AMP:  [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become                                   the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.

                        F. God’s plan for us is limitless.  He gave Abraham a Word picture to look at, to look up and envision the                       promise that would break all limits off. 

                        Genesis 15:5:  And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if                                                           you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

                              FYI:  Scientists today keep discovering more and more galaxies.  I heard someone state recently that there                        are trillions of galaxies and probably more.  Just by itself, The Milky Way, the galaxy our solar system is in, contains at least two hundred billion stars.  Psalm 147:4 says He counts the stars and calls them all by name.

                        So for us the key is “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…” that we can “run with                           patience the race that is set before us”.

                              G.  God’s promises are eternal.  When He made covenant with Abraham, He promised it to His                                             descendants forever.  The promise included his and Sarah’s own desire for a child of their own, but it was                            about the Jewish nation and about all mankind forever.  Although they received the promised child, Isaac,                      they did not “see” in their lifetime the fulfillment of all that God spoke to Abraham.  Actually that promise will go on as long as children are on the earth!!

                              Hebrews 11:12 AMP:  So from one man, though he was physically as good as dead, there have sprung                                                          descendants whose number is as the stars of heaven and as countless as the innumerable sands on the seashore.

II. Joseph

            Psalms 105:16-23:  16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. 17 He sent a      man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:  18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

              19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.  20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of         the people, and let him go free.  21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:  22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.  23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

 

            Joseph’s prophetic dream that he would rule over his family occurred when he was about 17 years old.  The word that the Lord gave him came to pass in one day when he was 31 years old.  So for 14 years the word of the Lord    tried him.  His season called TIME (Patience) lasted 14 years.  What can we learn from Joseph to imitate & keep      the diligent vigil over the promises that God speaks to us?

 

            A. He served with excellence as a slave, in prison, etc., and remained faithful to the Lord wherever he was.  He kept the dream alive in his heart when for 14 years it “looked” and “felt” totally contrary.  He kept hope alive and prospered wherever he was, humbled himself under the mighty hand of God, and in one day was exalted to second in command of all of Egypt.

            B. He forgave those who wronged him and was able to hear and see the bigger picture from God’s perspective.

            C. His obedience preserved and formed the nation of Israel.  His obedience preserved the lineage from which would come the promised Messiah.  From the promised Messiah the whole world would be blessed.

 

Similarities of Abraham & Joseph

            1. Both men had prophetic promises from God.

            2. Both men went through the season called TIME (Patience) where everything looked totally contrary to what  God had said to them. 

            3. Both men employed the force of patience even though they were Old Testament men and did not have the Greater One living inside of them, nor did they have the scriptures and examples that we have today to draw from.

            4. Both men inherited the promise that God had given them.

            5. Both men’s promises from God included their own desires, but ultimately it was about their part in God’s story, His much bigger plan.

            6. Both men’s promises were about the nation of Israel and all of mankind.

 

What can we conclude about this research for our own lives:

            1. God’s good plan for us is our part to play in His story.

            2. By seeking and obeying God we are paving a highway for our descendants and many others to walk on.

            3. Others can look at our lives and get insight of how we overcame and patiently endured when the promise is manifested on earth.  They will be able to see God and who He really is when the manifestation comes.

            4. God’s promises are eternal, and our calling is to “fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life”!