How To Add Patience To Your Faith: P.4 (8.19.18)

Proverbs 23:18
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

Expectation is vital. Without it you will never stay patient.

Expectation is a big thing with God.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Jeremiah 29:11
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.

Proverbs 24:14
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

With God there is an appointed time for everything. Hope is to see the end from the beginning, and patience is to stick with the process until it manifests.

Psalms 89:4
Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

John 15:7-8
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Psalms 130:5
I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

To “faint” is to give up, cave in and quit. When you are standing on God’s Word, the only way you’ll not get to your destination is if you quit.

Psalms 62:1-2,5-8
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

Hope operates with the end result in mind from the beginning.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Everything in our lives begins to align with what we expect.

When God gives us a vision/hope, He puts a timestamp on it. It will manifest on that every date and time. Trust in Him. Don’t faint and miss your appointment.

Habakkuk 2:2-3
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Before your vision comes to pass, you have to speak for it. But after it comes to pass, it will speak for itself.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Matthew 12: 35-37
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

What are you releasing with your conversation?

Jesus always responds to faith. In Mark 5, Jairus had Jesus coming to his house to heal his daughter. In the process, Jesus got delayed by the woman with the issue of blood. While He was speaking with her, Jairus got this report: “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (v.35). Those around him didn’t have hope, which is clear since they asked him while he still troubled Jesus. To this, Jesus responded, “ Be not afraid, only believe.” (v.36). (See Mark 5 22-43)

Don’t let those around you talk you out of your patience and faith in God. He is not constrained by time. He appoints a time for everything, and sometimes the season for our breakthrough coincides with someone else’s breakthrough.

In mark 5, someone who had lived 12 good years (Jairus), and someone who had lived 12 bad years(the woman with the issue of blood), crossed paths. Jesus used that appointed time to heal them both.

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Salt & Light: P.3 (8.15.18)

Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7 are the manifest of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is explaining the culture of His kingdom.

Matthew 5:13-16
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We can’t be mixed with the world. That is salt that has “lost his savour”.

Salt purifies
Salt preserves
Salt promotes flavor

In the day that Jesus was speaking these words, salt had great value.

The word “salary” comes from a latin word that means “salt money”.

James 1: 27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

If your heart is pure, these are the characteristics you will see.

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The first step into God’s presence is to receive the redemption that comes through believing in the finished work of Jesus. We are purified by the blood of Jesus.

Because salt purifies, it can also irritate. The world can sometimes be irritated by a born again believer who is living by a standard of righteousness.

God made man in His own image. Because of this, Satan has hated man from the beginning. The enemy wants to take us as far away from God as he can get us to go.

The Word of God transforms us and gives us the ability to live in away that we weren’t able to before we had the Holy Spirit. When we are transformed, our lives bring God glory and we are advancing His kingdom in earth. God can’t have the kingdom of God and not have the will of God.

John 17:14-17
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

We can’t allow our minds to accept thoughts that go against the Word of God. Just because a thought comes into your head, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Test it against the Word of God. If it conflicts , cast it down.

The Word of God makes us “not of the world”. It is what sanctifies us. The world and the Word are in opposition to each other.

In Matthew 13:24-58 Jesus is giving all these parables that represent the Kingdom of God. There is always good seed and bad seed. Both had their own impact.

You never know the impact you can make on someone’s life with the good seed God has given you.

We aren’t supposed to cast judgment and decide if someone’s heart is good ground. We are simply supposed to sow good seed all the time, and trust that God will yield the harvest.

The assignment we have been given to out and sow good seed is the exact same assignment that the kingdom of darkness has been given. Only they are trying to sow bad seed. If we never go out and make an impact on society then we leave the enemy all the territory. Darkness is making the most of every platform to sow evil seed (tv, music, social media, etc..). We can’t stand silent. We have to aggressively plant the seed of God’s word. We are ambassadors of God’s kingdom.

God’s Word has been guaranteed to never return void.

How To Add Patience To Your Faith: P.3 (8.12.18)

Hebrews 6:11-12
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

We should finish things like we started them… finish strong.

Biblical hope means you have a right to expect the promise because it is in God’s Word. His Word should be the source of our hope.

You can’t have discipline without vision.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Romans 4:17
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

God will always have what He says.

God does not say what He sees. He sees what He says. He declares the end from the beginning.

Isaiah 46:10
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Patience is to stay disciplined, even when you don’t yet see the manifestation of the thing you are believing for.

Romans 8:24-25
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Abraham displayed a great example of patience and faith. He hoped “against hope” (aka, what he saw in the natural) and believed that God would do what He said.

Romans 4: 18-21
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

It’s not our job to figure out how God will do something; only to believe that He will.

Genesis 22:1-14
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Because of the word and promise that God had already given Abraham, he created an image or vision of God raising Isaac from the dead (…”lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off”…/ Jesus alluded to this in John 8:56). Abraham trusted God’s word, and believed His promise to make him the father of many nations would still stand. That caused Abraham to speak in line with what he was expecting, “…my son, God will provide himself a lamb…”. God used this situation so that Abraham would develop an image of his son being raised from the dead. Only it wouldn’t be Isaac, but Jesus that would be raised from the dead 2000 years later.

Hebrews 11:17-19
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

God uses imagery. He wants us to develop a vision of His promises manifesting in our lives and to speak in accordance with that vision. We live by believing on His Word in faith, and adding patience (diligence) until it manifests!

Salt & Light: P.2 (8.8.18)

Matthew 5:13-16 
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Psalm 119:9 
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

John 15:3 
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

You can’t say that you are the salt of the earth and not speak with purity.

In Exodus God gives directions to the people on how to build the tabernacle where His presence would dwell. For every component there were specific instructions and numerical dimensions. The only exception was the Bronze Laver. This is the cleansing pool where the priests would wash themselves after a sacrifice was made. It is the only component of the tabernacle that doesn’t include numerical measurements. This is a representation of the fact that there is no limit to what the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from. No matter what you’ve done in the past, it’s not too much for Jesus. His blood washes away all sin.

John 17:20
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

John 17:14-18 
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

We are meant to be in the world but not of the world.

Acts 10:9-15
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:  And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.  And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

What God has cleansed is no longer common.

Once a person is cleansed by the blood of Jesus they are no longer common.

You are not common!!

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

You are the product of what you think.

If the enemy can convince you that you are common, you will not act as salt or light.

Acts 10:31-35
And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Acts 11:1,4,8-9
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

God wants to do the uncommon for you!

If the enemy can convince you that you are common then you will never receive anything from God that is uncommon.

There is nothing that God has made holy that is not available to us.

1 Samuel 21:1-6
Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place. Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present. And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women. And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel. So the priest gave him hallowed bread : for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord , to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

God sanctifies things for the sanctified (thats us).

God wants to equip you with uncommon ability and anointing so that you can do what He has called you to do and advance His kingdom

Once you have been cleansed by Jesus you are not common.

The enemy is constantly trying to convince us that we are common, so that we will miss everything uncommon that is available to our life.

We are not what we used to be.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

How To Add Patience To Your Faith: P.2 (8.5.18)

Hebrews 6:12
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Patience is not waiting. Biblical patience is something that is added to faith. It is steadily doing the what the Word says until the promise of God manifests.

John 8:31
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Consistency is the key to the breakthrough.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You cannot live a life of  faith apart from the Word of God, because the Word is the source of faith.

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [2] For by it the elders obtained a good report. [3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

There can be no culture without the cultivation process. We must cultivate the seed of God’s Word until we see the harvest of it.

God’s Word will not return void.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it .

Biblical hope is earnest and guaranteed expectation. It is hoping for something God says you have a right to expect. If you can read the promise in His Word, then you have a right to expect it in your life.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Don’t add patience to the wrong thing, or diligently wait in a place where you have no hope/right to expect. Get in the Word and see what God has told you is yours.

Apply patience to what God said in His Word that you could expect. The Word is like the title deed. You may not yet have the thing/promise , but if you have the title (the Word) it means you own it.  Therefore you have a biblical right to be patient in expectation until that thing manifests in your life.

James 1:3-5
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Romans 10:8,17
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38 : all say that, “the just shall live by faith.”

There is an order of faith:
1) Make a decision
2) Hear the Word
3) Meditate on the Word (Vision/Hope)
4) Confess the Word
5) Act on the Word
6) Apply the power of Patience
7) Expect His Word to come to pass

Expectation will fuel you faith and patience.

The evidence of expectation is preparation.

Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Whatever you expect in life will dictate your patience.

Expect God to manifest His Word in your life.

Salt & Light: P.1 (8.1.18)

 

Matthew 5:13-16 
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We have been called, equipped and set to advance the principles laid out in the sermon on the mount.

Salt purifies.

Righteousness in the presence of sin should be like salt to an open wound.

Ephesians 5:26
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

John 15:3
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

The Word has cleansing power.

Psalm 119:9,11 
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

We should ask ourselves,  in what area of life have we not allowed the Word to cleanse us?

Salt preserves. As Christians we should preserve truth.

Salt promotes flavor.

Colossians 4:6 
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

How To Add Patience To Your Faith: P.1 (7.29.18)

Hebrews 10:36
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

We have become accustomed to immediate gratification. Many will do the right thing once and when they don’t see immediate results, they give up.

Once you have done the will of God, you need to apply patience. Don’t give up when you don’t get immediate results.

Patience is not waiting. Its continuing to do the right thing until the results manifest.

Biblical patience is hopeful endurance; to be constant.

Apply patience to doing the will of God. The will of God is the Word of God.

Hebrews 6:11-12
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

When your faith is being tested, you need to put patience to work.

Keep applying the principles of God until you receive the promises in His Word.

Patience is the application of God’s Will and Word until you receive His promises.

James 1:3-4
Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Nothing tests your faith like time.

One of two things happens on the other side of patience: you either get what you want, or you don’t want it anymore.

The process and trial of patience with faith will do a work in you.

Don’t apply the force of patience to the wrong thing. That’s called stubbornness.

There has to be a process and action that you are applying your patience to.

You don’t have a right to expect something you haven’t applied patience to.

Find a process that that is in-line with the Word and apply patience to it.

Romans 8:24-25
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it .

Adding patience to your wait means that there are actions that you consistently apply.

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

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.