Faith and Patience, Part 5
Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
August 12, 2015
Subject
Faith and Patience Series
Description

GOAL – to bring every person into SHALOM, which is “nothing missing; nothing broken; complete wholeness”.

  • Peace  (07965) (shalom from salam/salem/shalam = to be safe, sound, healthy, perfect, complete [1Ki 7:51, Neh 6:18]) signifies a sense of well-being and harmony both within and without  - Completeness, wholeness, peace, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, rest, harmony; the absence of agitation or discord, a state of calm without anxiety or stress.

Faith Timeline

  • Surrender time – example of Jesus being announced by the Father, anointed with the Holy Spirit (the dove landed on His head).
  • Wilderness – trials and temptation
    • Jesus was sent into the desert to be tested and tempted by Satan.
  • Cross – laying down all your dreams.
    • Abraham
    • Jesus
  • Resurrection – the Lord restores ALL by bringing back to life the original dream and gives double.
    • Job
    • Joseph
    • The disciples after Jesus ascended and delegated His power to them.
  • The BLESSING - your personal well-being (health, finances, relationships) all restored and redeemed into complete health.  This is where the Father brings about the vision or dream God has placed inside of you; personally and corporately.

REMINDER:

  • Faith is our spiritual container.
  • Patience is used to fill up our containers with the Word (prophetic word, which is the will of God)
  • Words are the harvesting tool to bring our faith to pass.

 

*Diligence is the key player in manifestation.

  • This involves consistency and faithfulness.
  • We have to continually seek Him and pursue Him during the patience part to diligently see the vision come to completion. 
  • Matthew 7:7-11 - 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
  • God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  He is faithful to finish what He starts in us if we stay connected to Him.  If we disconnect at some point, we put our vision on hold.

THE HEART

Faith is connected to your heart.

Luke 6:45 - The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

Proverbs 4:23 - Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.  AMP

James 5:8 - So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.  AMP

YOUR WORDS

  • Your mouth is the harvesting tool in order to make your faith vision come to pass.
  • You have the ability to choose to capture your thoughts.
  • You have the ability to choose to be self-disciplined in order to speak correctly.
  • Mark 11:23 - Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
  • Romans 4:17 - As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.  AMP
  • Romans 4:17 - (as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.  KJV21
  • Your words must be HIS words, which is His will.
  • John 15:7 - “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”  AMP

FAITH KILLERS– Anything that separates His presence from us.

  • Impatience = Unbelief
    • Discouragement, depression, fear, rebellion, etc. can finally lead to unbelief.
      • Hebrews 4:1-11 - Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,”although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”  8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.  NASB
  • Not forgiving – spouse, family, friend, God.
    • Prayers go unanswered if you don’t forgive spouse.
      • 1 Peter 3:7 - In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]  AMP
  • If you judge unjustly, you won’t be forgiven.
    • Example – The slave who was forgiven a large debt but didn’t pay mercy forward.
      • Matthew 18:23-35 - 23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32 Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”  NASB

 

  • Strife reverses faith.
    • Faith works by love.
      • Galatians 5:6 - For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.  AMP
    • Disunity and disagreement block the blessing. 
      • STRIFE = a dispute, a controversy, contention, bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension, exertion or contention for superiority.
      • Strife comes from selfish ambition and selfish gain.
      • God eventually will separate unhealthy soul ties if one is obedient and the other is not.
        • Abram did not get a name change and the completed blessing until he separated from Lot, who carried the spirit of strife.
          • Genesis 13:1- - So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife  and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5 Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.  8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. 11 So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.  NASB
      • After God separated Abram from Lot, He presented His offer to make a new nation through him.
        • Genesis 13:14-18 - 14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.
  • Wounds – open you to defilement.
    • Bitterness
      • Hebrews 12:15-17 - 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
  • Sin or iniquity – gives the enemy a legal access to steal from you. 
    • Sin - Single act of separating from God and His ways.
    • Iniquity – Primarily  denotes "not an action, but the character of an action" (Oehler), and is so distinguished from "sin" (chaTTa'th). 
      • Resource for study on iniquity - http://biblehub.com/topical/i/iniquity.htm
      • Isaiah 59:2 - “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear”. 

 



Numbers 21:4-5 KJV: 4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land ofEdom: and the
soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5 And the people spake asainst God,
and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread,
neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
Numbers 21:4-5 NLT: 4 Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land
ofEdom. But the people grew impatient with the Ions journey, S and they began to speak against God and Moses.
"Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?" they complained, "There is nothing
to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!"
Numbers 21:4 AMP: 4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land ofEdom, and the
people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials/ of the way. 5 And the people spoke
against God and against Moses, Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is
no bread neither is there any water, and we loathe this light (contemptible, unsubstantial) manna.
I. Children of Israel
A. Their soul became much discouraged, impatient, depressed;
     1. because of the way
     2. because of the length of the journey
     3. because of the trials of the way

B. In their season called TIME, their soul became discouraged, impatient, depressed and they spoke words;
     1. Against God
     2. Against their leader

C. God said it was a heart problem:

Hebrews 3:10, 12 KJV:  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always

 err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you

 an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Matthew 12:34 KJV:  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?

 for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

   D. Outcome of their impatience

1 Corinthians 10:9 AMP:  We should not tempt the Lord [try His patience, become a trial to Him,critically

 appraise Him, and exploit His goodness] as some of them did — and were killed by poisonous serpents;

        1. They were bitten by poisonous serpents and many of them died. 

        2. Their harvest was curtailed, docked off.

   E. What can we learn from their example?

        1. They had a promise from God, His Word to focus on.

               Exodus 3:17 KJV:  And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the

 Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites,

unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

        2. When the journey was long and they encountered trials, all but two, Joshua and Caleb, aborted the good plan of

            God for their lives to bring them into a wonderful land flowing with milk and honey.  

        3. Joshua and Caleb kept the promise of God before them even when the circumstances looked contrary. They spoke 

            words of faith and kept the way open for them to inherit the Promised Land.

Numbers 13:30 KJV:  And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once

 and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 14:8-10 NASB:  If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us –

 a land which flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land,

 for they shall be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them."

        4. Patience – constancy – consistently saying what God says, not changing our words because of how it looks in the

            natural or because of our feelings. 

        5. Keep a patient vigil over our hearts, not allowing impatience, discouragement, depression, hopelessness to get   

            established in our hearts.  How do we do that?  Let’s look at our next example.

II. David and His Men at Ziklag   (I Samuel 30)

1 Samuel 30:4, 6 KJV:  4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they

 had no more power to weep.6 And David was greatly distressedAnd he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely

 overtake them, and without fail recover all.

    A. When David and his men came back to Ziklag, the enemy had raided, burned the city with fire and stolen all their

        families, their livestock, and their belongings.

    B. All wept until they could no longer weep.  It looked like all was lost.  David was greatly distressed because the soul 

        of all his men was grieved.

            Grieved - OT:4784 Heb. marah —

               to be contentious, to be rebellious, to be refractory, to be disobedient toward, to be rebellious against

    C. Out of their grieved (contentious, rebellious, disobedient) soul, they spoke:

I Samuel 30:6:  for the people spake of stoning him, because the

soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:

    D. David knew the key to overcoming:

I Samuel 30:6-8 KJV:  but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.  7 And David said to

Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar

brought thither  the ephod to David. 8 And David inquired of the Lord, saying,

Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them?

        He didn’t allow grief to overtake him but turned to the Lord and encouraged his heart.  As his heart was

        strengthened, he was able to inquire of the Lord and find out what he should do.

I Samuel 30:8 KJV:  And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely

 overtake them, and without fail recover all.

    E. The result of patiently pursuing God, overcoming loss, and inheriting the promise of being king:

1 Samuel 30:18-19 KJV:  18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away:and David rescued

his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters,

 neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

        David recovered all, and there was no lack!!

    F. David arose up out of that despair, strengthened his heart, and stayed constant (patient, diligent) with his trust in God

        and recovered all!

        Consider the outcome if David had given in to impatience, fear, and grief.  His men would have stoned him and 

        everything would have been lost!  There would have been no recovery, no restoration.

    G. Because of his constancy, he not only recovered all.  He was able to take spoil from the enemy!

1 Samuel 30:20 NASB:  So David had captured all the sheep and the cattle

 which the people drove ahead of the other livestock, and they said, "This is David's spoil."

III. Us

Luke 21:19 KJV:  In your patience possess ye your souls.

     A. How do you possess your soul?  By making your spirit the boss over your mind, your will, and your emotions.  By

          refusing to give in to them when they start whining around and saying things contrary to the Word of God.  When

          your soul starts to fuss and fume over some situation, you’ve got to say:

            “Shut up and be still.  God is still on the throne.  His promises are still good.  And you are going to straighten up

               and believe them.”