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Summary: We study the fruit of the Spirit, part#4 Patience.

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#4 STUDY OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:

PATIENCE OR LONG-SUFFERING

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

WE ARE STUDYING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

By studying the fruit of the Spirit maybe we can

identify some problem areas, some weak areas and

grow to be more fruitful.

What can we do to produce a great amount of fruit?

We can study and develop a love and an

appreciation and an awareness of fruit and it’s

production!

We have broken the nine into three groups.

1. Inward: love, joy, peace

2. Outward: longsuffering-patience,

gentleness-kindness, goodness.

3. Godward: faith-faithfulness, meekness,

temperance-self control.

Today’s study of LONG-SUFFERING AND PATIENCE IS OUR 4TH STUDY, THE FIRST IN THE OUTWARD GROUP.

With five more to follow.

HAVE PATIENCE! IF YOU PLUCK THE BLOSSOMS, YOU WILL GO WITHOUT FRUIT.

TEXT:

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

Hebrews 12:1--2 --- let us run with patience the race that is set before us ---

James 1: 4--5 ---Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing --

James 5:7 Be patient therefore brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.

DEFINE PATIENCE:

-- THE CAPACITY, HABIT, OR THE FACT OF BEING PATIENT.

--BEARING PAINS OR TRIALS CALMLY WITHOUT COMPLAINT

--manifestation of forbearance under provocation or strain

--not hasty or impetuous

--steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

--able or willing to bear

--one awaiting care

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

The strongest of all warriors are two -- Time and PATIENCE.

Be strong, staedfast, stay cool, patience wins.

Seems the only one I know with a lot of patients are doctors?

HAVE WE HEARD OF YOUR PATIENCE?

James 5:1 You have heard of the patience of Job ...

What about yours... ?

Are you a pattern of patience in your daily walk?

PATIENCE IS A DIRTY WORD TO THE MODERN CHURCH ... BECAUSE PATIENCE COMES WITH THE BIG "T" WORD...

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in

tribulations also, knowing that

tribulation worketh patience.

4 And patience, experience; and experience hope.

I WAS AT A PREACHERS’ MEETING THE OTHER DAY AND A YOUNG PREACHER SAID,

"I NEVER PRAY FOR PATIENCE, I DON’T WANT TROUBLE!"

This is a BA, bad attitude.

Do you want to be whole and entire?

You cannot accomplish God’s wholeness without

PATIENCE and Long-suffering.

Get over it, tribulations are going to come if you

pray or if you just lazy around, for

God’s perfect will is that you be entire and grow

the fruit of long-suffering and patience!

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU NEED?

WHAT DOES GOD THINK YOU NEED?

DOES WHAT YOU THINK AND WHAT GOD THINKS AGREE?

Hebrews 10:36 For you HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE, that

after you have done the WILL of God, you might

receive the PROMISE.

Seems God has a different opinion than many carry?

I don’t want patience because they come with

troubles and tribulation?

God says this patience will grow a FRUIT of the

SPIRIT in you that will manifest outwardly to others!

Seems patience is the best remedy for all troubles

and problems.

I can’t is not birthed in patience.

How poor are they that have little patience?

PATIENCE AND LONG-SUFFERING BEGIN AT HOME!

HAPPY HOMES ARE BUILT WITH BLOCKS OF PATIENCE.

A Dad can have more patience and long-suffering

while fishing than with his own family?

This is a bad distortion that will cost dearly.

Seems families want the PROMISE LAND, without the

wilderness;

the Upper Room without the Gethsemane.

Often in the home, a handful of patience will go

farther than a bucket of brains?

A SPIDER TEACHES US PATIENCE!

How long does a spider toil, work, and wake before

the WEB accomplishes it’s purpose?

The spider works endless hours and sits quietly in

the shadows waiting and waiting --- then suddenly

comes the reward of her patience.

PATIENCE COMES FROM HEARING FROM GOD!

I have heard a story about Eastside Church.

A tornado came through the community and destroyed

the church.

Rain and water had destroyed so much, and each new

rain did more damage.

Pastor Murphy had prayed. Eastside was a large

church with many workers.

In prayer the Lord told Pastor Murphy to break all

the workers in three groups, and

to send two of the groups to work on two small

church that had rather old congregations and could

not afford the repairs.

Several on Pastor Murphy’s deacon board were angry

with his plan, their attitude was, "let’s fix our

church and then we might help the others."

The pastor had heard from God, and he carried out

the plan even though it did not make since and he

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