*There is not a pill for patience. Patience is something that only the Spirit of God produces in you and through you.
*We miss moments to show Christ because we are so self-consumed.
*The ability to endure for a long time whatever opposition and suffering may come our way, and to show perseverance without wanting retaliation or revenge. It is, the ability to put up with the weakness and faults of others (including other believers) and to show forbearance toward them, without getting quickly irritated or angry enough to want to fight back.
*We need to be a patient people not only for the glory of God, but for the sake of the Gospel, and so healthy relationships can be developed.
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,”
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”
Micah 7:18, 19
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
A. God’s Patience Revealed
B. Patience Received
A. Patience Required
B. Patience Returned
A. A Word of Warning
Poem: “To live above with the saints we love will certainly be glory, but to live below with the saints we know, well that’s a different story.”
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
*Endurance and patience are qualities we would like to possess, but we would all like to skip the process that produces them.
B. The Worth of Waiting On God
*When we are in awe of God and love Him, waiting on Him does not cause us to become irate or irritated because we know, in the end, God is always worth the wait.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
*The same situations and circumstances that can rob us of our joy will also disturb our peace.
*The common denominator to the disturbance of our peace is uncertainty.
*True peace is only found in the person of Jesus Christ.
I. A BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF PEACE
*Peace has its roots in the soil of relationship.
*From the soil of a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ, peace can be produced in us and through us by the Spirit.
*Peace is the presence and application of God’s righteousness.
*Conflict between mankind will still be present but conflict with God was cured through Jesus.
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in
himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”
Philippians 4:6, 7
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
*The peace of God is the calm assurance that what God is doing is best.
Isaiah 26:3, 4
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
II. THE UNDENIABLE MARKS OF PEACE
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
*People not at peace with God will tend to be at war with others.
*The issues of Christianity change but the danger of disagreement, division, and disunity do not go away!
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
*The love we live by is more important than the lines we draw!
Quote: "Peace is not just a happy feeling it’s the heart of the Gospel of Christ and the glory of God." - Christopher Wright
*The mission of a Christian is to carry the message of peace to a world in conflict.
*THE HALLMARKS OF A PEACEMAKER
1. I have accepted the peace that God has offered me; I am at peace with God.
2. I strive to live at peace with others.
3. I desire to lead others to know this peace that I have experienced.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
2. Selfish motives – V. 20-22
II. The Consequences of this Disorder
1. They were judged instead of blessed – V. 23-29
2. They were chastened – V. 30
*We may not be worthy, but we can partake in a worthy manner:
1) Having a heart free from sin
2) Filled with love for Christ
3) Willing to obey His Word
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And he pondereth all his goings.”
III. The Correction of this Disorder
1. Self-judgement – V. 31-32
1) Look WITHIN and confess our sins
2) Look BACK and remember Calvary
3) Look AHEAD and watch for His return
4) Look AROUND and discern the Lord’s body (His Church)
2. Mutual Love – V. 33
3. Spiritual Discernment – V. 34
The benefits [the Lord’s Supper] confers, are spiritual, not physical. Its effects must be looked for in our inward man. It was intended to remind us, by the visible, tangible emblems of bread and wine, that the offering of Christ’s body and blood for us on the cross, is the only atonement for sin, and the life of a believer’s soul. It was meant to help our poor weak faith to closer fellowship with our crucified Savior, and to assist us in spiritually feeding on Christ’s body and blood. It is an ordinance for redeemed sinners, and not for unfallen angels. By receiving it we publicly declare our sense of guilt, and need of a Savior – our trust in Jesus, and our love to Him – our desire to live upon Him, and our hope to live with Him. Using it in this spirit, we shall find our repentance deepened, our faith increased, our hope brightened, and our love enlarged – our besetting sins weakened, and our graces strengthened. It will draw us nearer to Christ. - J. C. Ryle
TEXT: Galatians 5:16-25; John 14:27; 15:8-11; Romans 14:17
*In a world of misery not only can Christians experience joy, they can and should be a channel of joy to others.
*Joy is based on a person, Jesus Christ and our position in Him!
Definition: Joy is the inevitable overflow of receiving Christ as Saviour and of the believers knowing His continuing presence.
I. JOY IS KNOWING YOUR FORGIVEN
*The world’s joy always rests in circumstances, the believers joy always rests in Christ!
Jeremiah 9:23, 24
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Quote: “If we only knew how bad we are we would welcome chastening because this is God’s way of getting rid of sin and its habits. But chastening is often resented because we cannot believe that we have done anything worthy of it.” J. Sanderson
*Challenging Seasons of Life
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
*Joy is inevitable but not always immediate.
II. JOY IS HAVING A FAMILY
III. JOY IS HAVING A FEAST
*As believers in Christ we reflect the joy of Jesus, feasting in a manner that does not result in us sinning or cause us to regret our actions.
IV. JOY IS HAVING FAITH
Habakkuk 3:17, 18
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour 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: Yet I will
rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
V. JOY IS HAVING A FUTURE
Romans 8:22, 23
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body.”
*Joy is not something we work toward, or have to wait forever to experience. Joy has already been given to us and we can increase our joy by walking in the Spirit.
*The secret to our joy is centering our life on Jesus!