Summary: An Alliterated Message on Patience
WIN WITH PATIENCE
I. WAIT WITH PATIENCE (Psalm 40:1).
A. Waiting is difficult for most and worse for some. Many Christians lack patience in this area of their lives. They want what they want when they want it.
B. If we are to please God and live victorious lives, we must learn to patiently wait for God’s timing. It takes time for him to answer some of our prayers, but he knows best when to grant the answers.
C. The Psalmist admonished, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself” (Psalm 37:7).
II. WORK WITH PATIENCE (Hebrews 10:36).
A. Patience is required when it comes to doing God’s work. The results may be slow in coming.
B. We should work for God patiently and willingly, giving him first place in our lives, seeking to do those things which please him.
C. Colossians 3:17 teaches: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.”
III. WALK WITH PATIENCE (2 Corinthians 5:7).
A. The Bible often refers to our life as a walk. We should therefore walk (live) by faith, not by sight.
B. According to Colossians 2:6: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”
C. A patient walk results in victory. “Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith . . . abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7).
IV. WATCH WITH PATIENCE (2 Thessalonians 3:5).
A. We must watch with patience for Christ’s return. When man’s predictions fail, people often are tempted to lose faith in the second coming.
B. Nevertheless, we must continue to watch for his coming with diligence. “Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42, 44).
C. Jesus promised it so we know it is true. He said, “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). Watch with patience.