Patience vs Impatience


Patience vs Impatience…imagine you’re sitting amongst 5,000 people and you’re hungry and there’s no food in sight. You become anxious because you’re hungry so you decide to leave the area even though in your presence is a miracle worker and you know it but because the hunger is so overwhelming you go in search of food but once again non is in sight.

Now imagine you’re standing amongst 5,000 people in the same situation with the same hunger pains surrounded by a miracle worker but instead of allowing your anxious hunger cause you to leave out of the presence of the miracle worker you stay trusting in the fact you’ve seen or heard about the miracles he’s performed so you stay even as the pain intensifies. Then in a matter of minutes like you hoped and expected a miracle was performed and not only because of your trust and patience you were fed but had more than enough to satisfy you.

Then as you leave feeling full you come up on the one who left to soon. The one who out of impatience left searching for themselves trying to meet their own need only to find them on the side of the road tragically lifeless. Lifeless because they just couldn’t wait a little longer in the presence of the miracle worker who could sustain their needs.

Matthew 14:14-21

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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HE MEETS THE NEED BUT ALLOWS US TO PARTICIPATE


Its one thing to be concerned about someone’s need and it’s another thing to do something about it. In the Gospel of Mark the disciples were concerned about the physical need in regards to food of those who had been following Jesus.

But it was Jesus who decided to do something about it. What’s cool about that though is that even though Jesus took care of the need he allowed them to be a part of it. After breaking the bread Jesus gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people.

Mark 6: 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. (Jesus provides/they participate in providing the physical need).

Not only did Jesus allow them to be a part of this physical need at this present time. He paralleled that right before his ascension but this time he allowed them to participate in something more important.

Jesus knowing we needed a savior (provided a spiritual need by dying on the cross) left his Holy Spirit to us after his death while leaving his words with his disciples allowing them to participate (by preaching the gospel he taught them) in the spiritual need of God’s people.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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YOU HAVE A VISION BUT WHOSE IS IT?


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Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There’s something to be said about a vision. In the scripture the word vision represents several things.

1. It represents a direct connection and revelation from God. (His vision)

Genesis 15:1
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward

2. It represents what’s in our hearts in essence our ( own vision).

Ezekiel 13:7
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

3. Visions doesn’t always start easy and may come with struggles, pain, correction and discipline and even require us to step out of our comfort zone before we see the reward.

Acts 9:10-15
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

4. Some visions are only to be proclaimed at a certain time. Meaning there’s a time a place and an order in which they are to be revealed.

Daniel 8:26
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Matthew 17:9
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

You have a vision but whose is it?
In the end without God’s guidance and direction through prayer for his vision(not our own) the people will perish.

HOW WE RESPOND TO CONFLICT SAYS A LOT


How we respond when someone insults us not only shows us who they are but more importantly show us who we really are and where our hearts truly stand. In the midst of being insulted Jesus did a couple of things that can only be done in the spirit but in our flesh we want to do the opposite. This is what he did.

1. He didn’t retaliate.
2. When he suffered he didn’t make threats.

The reason he didn’t make threats was because he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He totally trusted in God and not himself understanding that what he was going through was purposeful.

1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

When we are insulted we want to retaliate and when we suffer we want to make threats instead and put our situations and trust into our own hands instead of putting them in the masters hand. We can truly trust that he has a purpose and plan far greater than our own and know that just like Jesus in difficult times we too can tap into the Holy Spirit allowing it to lead us.

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ARE YOU READY TO THROW IN THE TOWEL?


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Are you inclined to through in the towel in a certain area of your life because it’s hard and tough and the season you’re in is just to difficult? Take a look.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up.

Now the key word here in this verse for us all is IF. According to this verse the only way we will reap a harvest is IF we don’t give up. What happens IF we give up? We may missed the very thing we’re asking God for and in order for us to receive it we may have to go through the harvest and a pruning process but because it was to hard we threw in the towel right before the harvest.

Hebrews 10:35-38
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

Perseverance for the purpose of the Will of God opens the way for the reception of God’s promises.

Now there are times when God calls us to shift and transition in a season but we must go to him in prayer because if not we may miss something if we shriek back.

 

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ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD AND HIS GREAT-GRANDSON DID TOO


Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone in your family like a great-grand parent or that you have taken on a characteristic of someone from your family past?

It could be someone you might have never known. Is it something good you have from them? It’s amazing how things can be passed from generation to generation. There were two people in the Bible Enoch and Noah that it says walked faithfully with God.

Now when I think about when we walk with someone we walk side by side. One is not in the front or in the back trailing behind. These two men Enoch and Noah walked stride in stride with God. The cool part about this is that Enoch the first ever mentioned to walk with God was Noah’s great-grand father. What kind of stories did Noah hear from his father Lamech about his great-grandfather’s character and faith? What-ever it was it inspired him and encouraged him in his own walk and journey. Enoch left a legacy that would eventually save his great-grandson’s life physically and eternally.

Genesis 5:22-After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and has other sons and daughters.

Genesis 6:9-This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

So here’s something to think about.

What kind of legacy will you leave behind for your future generation to come?

God Walking with us