Summary: In of day of instant, fast living ---we must know God has a great teaching tool called PATIENCE. Patience can teach us faith. In your patience possess your souls? Patience carries a lot of wait.
THE DIRTY WORD: PATIENCE! PATIENCE MAY CARRY ALOT OF WAIT!
By Wade M. Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
TEXT: Luke 21:19 (KJV) In your patience possess ye your souls.
Luke 21:19 (NIV) By standing firm you will gain life.
Luke 21:19 (MSG) Staying with it—that's what is required. Stay with it to the end.
You won't be sorry; you'll be saved.
I. HAVE WE WAITED WITH A PLAN.
PEOPLE NEVER PLAN TO FAIL... THEY FAIL TO PLAN... AND THUS THEY ARE
DOOMED TO FAIL.
Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch
to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth it.
3: 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.
4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by
Habakkuk 3:17 -- 18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the
vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall
be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
II. WE LIVE AND FUNCTION IN A MICROWAVE/COMPUTER AGE!!! ???
A. We live in a microwave society.
Seems the only people I know with a lot of patients
We have fast planes and fast cars, good roads, and plenty of gas, yet we are always late?
We can get our oil changed in less than 15 minutes
B. Remember, the coal or wood cook stove, to build the fire in the cook stove took 20 minutes,
then to cook the food was much longer? We raised our own food in
the garden and canned it for the winter?
C. We have instant coffee, but is it as good as perked? We have instant mashed potatoes,
but are they as good as the peeled and cooked kind?
We have minute rice, instant pudding, lean pockets from freezer to the table in 60 seconds.
Yet, we depend on fast food restaurants and eating out.
D. Anyone remember the wringer washers and rinsing the clothes in a big tub of water.
We have hot water, automatic washing machines, clothes dryers, dish washers, vacuum
sweepers that clean the air, but yet it does not seem like we have time to get anything
E. We wait in the doctor’s office. Our hospitals have so many waiting rooms, that the rooms are
specialized. There is an emergency room waiting area, with security and cameras.
There is surgery waiting areas, out patient waiting areas. There are waiting
rooms where we wait for babies to be born, CCU waiting areas, and many more.
F. We have fast acting pain pills and medicine.
You wait in line at Walmart, Kmart, and Sears. Seems like I can get in the shortest
line, and the other lines move much quicker.
There is a waiting room where you buy your car? When you pull into the garage, they
often suggest you go home or back to work because it is going to take
time to work on your car.
III. WE GO TO CHURCH AND DEMAND A SERMONETTE SO WE CAN GO INTO THE
KITCHENETTE TO SMOKE A CIGARETTE?
We want fast action professional song services, a quick testimony, and a five minute sermon
with a funny illustration to make us laugh, a one minute prayer that includes all, so we can
beat the other church to the local pig outs, or smorgasbord, so we can eat real quick and
get home to watch the ball games and take a nap.
IV. BE INSTANT DOES NOT MEAN IN HASTE!
A. BE INSTANT in season and out of season...
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
B. Haste in every case and business brings waste and pain. Haste still pays haste!
You are only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry.
Make sure to smell the flowers along the way.
Dealing with reality humanity and hurting lives is not instant! We must learn to wait.
V. GOD ANSWERS EVERY PRAYER!
A. God answers every prayer --- one of three ways:
We must not just pray for tasks that equal your powers. Pray for power to equal your tasks.