Apr 8, 2007
Christian song written by Andrae Crouch amd sung by Clay Aiken
That Blood shed, was for you and me,and with his stripes ye are Healed.take those promises from God, which is in His Holy Word and stand on them,hide them in your Heart,never let those promises go, because you have victory over the enemy,Shout,Pray and Praise your way out of the storms of life.Glory
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. —James 5:7
A 2006 survey of more than 1,000 adults discovered that most people take an average of 17 minutes to lose their patience while waiting in line. Also, most people lose their patience in only 9 minutes while on hold on the phone. Impatience is a common trait.
James wrote to a group of believers who were struggling with being patient for Jesus’ return (James 5:7). They were living under exploitation and distressing times, and James encouraged them to “set the timer of their temper” for the long run. Challenging these believers to persevere under suffering, he tried to stimulate them to stand firm and to live sacrificially until the Lord returned to right every wrong. He wrote: “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (v.8).
James called them to be like the farmer who waits patiently for the rain and the harvest (v.7) and like the prophets and the patriarch Job who demonstrated perseverance in difficulties (vv.10-11). The finish line was just ahead and James encouraged the believers not to give up.
When we are being tried in a crucible of distress, God desires to help us continue living by faith and trusting in His compassion and mercy (v.11). by Marvin Williams
For Further Thought
What is most difficult about being patient during
stressful times? Ask God for the grace to help
you live by faith and to live for the long run.
The way to great patience is through great trials.
In ancient Israel, the priests were continually offering sacrifices to atone for the people’s sins. Specifically, the high priest annually entered the most sacred room in the temple to prepare a sacrifice that would absolve the entire nation of sin for that year. This room, which is known as the Holy of Holies, was where God’s Spirit dwelled in those days.
Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection changed the process. He became the High Priest, and the sacrifice was His own life—an offering powerful enough to pay the sin debt of all mankind. Through Jesus’ one offering, He made holy any person who trusts in Him as Savior. He does not have to die every year. And unlike the Jewish priests who could enter God’s presence only once annually, Jesus sat down at the Father’s right hand, to remain in His holy presence forever. There, Christ continues His work as High Priest by interceding on behalf of believers when Satan accuses them.
God recognized that in our humanity, we would remain weak—even after being born again (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 12:9). So His rescue plan extends beyond pardoning our sins. He also sends His Holy Spirit to indwell every Christian. That means the Helper is always present to guide us in making wise, righteous decisions.
The Father’s redemption plan meets all of mankind’s needs. Jesus Christ offered a perfect sacrifice to cover our every sin, and now He continues to intercede on our behalf. At the same time, the indwelling Holy Spirit molds us into holy creatures while helping us to avoid temptation.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
The final verse of the great hymn “My Hope Is in the Lord” states a truth Christians know but need to be reminded of occasionally: The work of salvation is all of God; we could do nothing on our own. Within God’s sovereign plan, that work includes our hearing, understanding, believing, and receiving the gospel.
His grace has planned it all,
’Tis mine but to believe,
And recognize His work of love
And Christ receive.
The great redemptive plan of God spans all of time, from creation to the consummation of all things, with a central focus on the cross of Christ. Because of what was accomplished there, we and all creation can be purged from the effects of sin and we will live forever with Him.
Our text verse speaks of believing on Him, but it is not sufficient to merely believe, for “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). We must also receive His free gift of salvation. At times the two concepts are used in parallel. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
He has done it all. He created all things (Colossians 1:16) and upholds all things (v. 17). After His created humans rejected Him, He redeemed them by the blood of His cross and reconciled all things back to Himself (v. 20). He corporately leads the church (v. 24) and will reign as King forever (Revelation 19:16). No wonder our hope is in the Lord. JDM
I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.—Isaiah 45:5. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord; thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.—Jeremiah 29:11.
THOU knowest,—oh, the precious truth
That bids my soul be strong!
The care, the never weary care
That cannot lead me wrong!
There is a blessed end for me,
Whereon thine eyes are set;
Thou hast a comfort in Thy love,
Too great to show me yet,
ANNA L. WARING.
NO room for a discouraged or depressed feeling is left you. If your sphere is outwardly humble, if it even appears to be quite insignificant, God understands it better than you do, and it is a part of His wisdom to bring out great sentiments in humble conditions, great principles in works that are outwardly trivial, great characters under great adversities and heavy loads of encumbrance, Let it fill you with cheerfulness and exalted feeling, however deep in obscurity your lot may be, that God in leading you on, girding you for a work, preparing you for a good that is worthy of His divine magnificence. If God is really preparing us all to become that which is the very highest and best thing possible, there ought never to be a discouraged or uncheerful being in the world. HORACE BUSHNELL.
Will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? 2 Chronicles 6:18
Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. — I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. — Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. — Ye … are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
The heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
Exodus 25:8. Exodus 29:43,45. Psalm 68:18. 2 Corinthians 6:16. 1 Corinthians 6:19. Ephesians 2:22. Ezekiel 37:28.
I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that be might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. — Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
The peace of God … passeth all understanding. — Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body.
Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. — Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:25,27. Colossians 1:28. Philippians 4:7. Colossians 3:15. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17. 1 Corinthians 1:8.