Summary: There is a real unpopular word in the church today, it is patience and wait. God’s children must learn to wait with zeal!
A REAL BAD WORD IN THE CHURCH TODAY?
YOU NEED WHAT?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is a two part series.
I. LET US DEFINE A FEW WORDS BEFORE WE GET STARTED:
The only people I know with a lot of patience are doctors!
THE CAPACITY, HABIT, OR FACT OF BEING PATIENT.
To bear pains or trials calmly without complaint.
Forbearance under provocation or strain.
Steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.
Able or willing to bear.
TO STAY IN A PLACE OF EXPECTATION.
TO DELAY SERVICE.
To remain stationary in readiness and expectation.
To pause to allow a catching up time.
To be ready and available.
A state of attitude of watchfulness and expectancy.
To go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition.
To continue past expected time.
Existing for a long or longer time.
Retained beyond expected time frame.
II. YOU HAVE HEARD OF THE PATIENCE OF JOB?
HAVE WE HEARD ABOUT YOUR PATIENCE?
A. ARE THERE SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU HATE?
B. YOU KNOW I MIIGHT HAVE TO AGREE WITH IT, BUT I STILL DON’T LIKE IT?
and of tender mercy.
C. IN 1989 I DROVE TO FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD AT SMITHS GROVE, KENTUCKY.
I pulled into the gravel parking lot of the church that I have now pastored 17 years.
I felt the Holy Spirit preparing my heart for a move and a change of direction.
There was a verse that jumped off the page into my heart.
I acknowledged the verse was directly to me, but I did not like the verse.
I absolutely agree with the verse, but I still don’t like it.
The verse is probably much deeper than I want to go...
D. I hope you catch the big picture? I DID! AND I DIDN’T LIKE IT.
E. I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING TO HINGE ON MY PATIENCE.
F. Maybe we have heard of Job’s patience, but honey, I haven’t heard of ours? Have you?
G. I once was visiting a church and the Pastor, a dear friend, introduced me as a modern day Job?
I said, "WHAT?"
III. WHAT DO YOU NEED?
WHAT DOES GOD THINK YOU NEED?
DOES WHAT YOU THINK YOU NEED AND WHAT GOD THINKS YOU NEED MATCH?
A. You can do all that you are suppose to do and still fail miserably.
B. There is more to church than good works and trying. Sometimes there is a lot of wait.
C. Sometimes we have done all we can, but there is still more to receiving the whole promise.
Ephes. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
D. IT IS ALWAYS TO SOON TO QUIT! TRY AGAIN!
IV. WE HAVE FAITH, WE HAVE HOPE, WE DREAM, WE HAVE VISIONS --- BUT THERE IS A GOLDEN RULE TO FAITH --- WAIT! PATIENCE!