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Summary: Many are looking for quick returns in ministry, we must learn long term investment of love and patirnce.

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#1 INVESTING IN PATIENCE

By Wade martin Hughes, Sr.

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Part#1 Investing patience.

TEXT:

Hebrews 10:36 FOR YE HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE, THAT,

AFTER YE HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD,

YE MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE.

James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing. What a goal, WANTING NOTHING, entire.

Eph. 6:13 ... Having done all, to stand.

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive: but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, PATIENT.

Today, I ponder what we think we need?

What do you need?

Where are there SHORTAGES in our life’s?

What are we in want of?

We think we need a new car, a bigger home, a big salary, and a happy family?

We ponder what our family needs?

Need would suggest the lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful.

I ponder what obligation we have to the Heavenly Father, could needs hinge on other things?

Many times our appetite grows gregarious.

We expect more and more.

The more we have the more we demand.

Shortages?

I ponder shortages?

Missions trips have been real eye openers to me.

I find we can find God in poverty areas.

We measure success today on prosperity.

I have prayed often for my two sons.

My prayer goes something like this:

God, bless my sons to know Your Heart. May they never know want in spiritual areas. Teach them, Lord to walk with You.

Most of my life has been lived below the poverty line,

yet I have seen God’s hand on a daily basis.

I ponder what God thinks we need?

Does God ever declare to us we have needs?

Yes, God’s Word declares a need area.

Will we study and ponder what God says we need?

Will we do something, if we are directed to a need area?

The Bibles says in Hebrews 10:36 FOR YE HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE, THAT, AFTER YE HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD, YE MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE.

This verse could tell a sad story.

A person could do the absolute will of the Father and be cheated out of the promise.

Today, patience has a dirty name.

People don’t want to develop patience because there is a direct correlation between patience and tribulation.

We pray to be exempt of trouble and trials.

We often pray God change the winds, when we have the ability to reset the sails?

There is an element of truth: that PATIENCE COST!

BUT THE LACK OF PATIENCE COST MUCH MORE THAN WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY!

James addresses this subject of patience:

James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But James tells us this trying has a purpose.

We must see the purpose to understand the need.

James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing. What a goal, WANTING NOTHING, entire.

As we ponder the need of patience, we must also consider our ministry could hinge on the fact of patience and waiting.

Eph. 6:13 ... Having done all, to stand.

The definition of patient is: bearing pain or trials calmly without complaint.

(Well, I have struck out before the pitch has been thrown.)

Long-spirited, forbearing, long suffering, endure,

cheerful endurance, gentle, slow to anger,

moderate or balanced, be cool.

I like this: steadfast despite opposition and difficulty.

Many of us throw up our hands and want to quit at the suggestion of opposition and difficulty.

God’s warriors raise this hope and faith and know that opposition and difficulty are but obstacles to overcome and allow God to arise and show His Love.

You have heard of the patience of Job? ...

HAVE THOSE AROUND YOU HEARD OF YOUR PATIENCE?

Put your name in the blank and ask your friends closest to you...

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE PATIENCE OF -----------------?

Come on do it? Why not? Answer me?

God has many tools in His Tool Box.

Two of the most powerful tools are: TIME and PATIENCE.

How poor are they that have no patience?

The lack of patience is a great expression of the lack of faith and trust in a Divine Plan.

Patience is a cure, ... a remedy.

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive: but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, PATIENT.

There are many examples of men and women in the Bible that their impatience cost them dearly.

Sarah laughed and doubted the Promise. Her impatience caused Ishmael to become an enemy to Isaac.

Price tag: This battle still wars today in the Middle east.

In impatience and anger Moses throws down the laws of God. Again, in impatience Moses hits the rock, the Price Tag: Living in the Promise Land.

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