Faith and Patience

Patience works through faith to complete the goal.  It keeps faith from stalling or dying in the natural realm.

(Rom 5:1‑5 NIV)  “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, {2} through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of The Glory of God. {3} Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; {4} perseverance, character; and character, hope. {5} And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His Love into our hearts by The Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

We see in the Word the cycle of faith-hope-perseverance (patience)-character-hope-love-   The foundation is faith on which we build God’s Character.

Hope is the goal of faith, love is the protector of faith, and patience is the power of faith.

Patience is the power to reach the goal.

Satan attacks you the hardest in your patience.

The only thing that he can attack your patience with is tribulation or trials.

Whenever you step out in faith, get ready, tribulation will come.

Until you step out in faith you are no threat to the devil, once you do you are a threat! “…tribulation worketh patience…”

Tribulation only offers the opportunity for patience to be manifested!

How can we measure patience without tribulation to show whether it is worked in us?

(James 1:2‑4 NIV)  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, {3} because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. {4} Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(Heb 6:12 NIV)  “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

In every Promise there is an Inheritance:

Faith and patience acquire it.

(2 Th 1:4‑5 NIV)  “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. {5} All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of The Kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

Faith and patience make us worthy to attain the hope that God has given us.

Remember we are citizens of two worlds. We are of the Spirit World, though we are in the Natural World. Jesus showed us how to get things out of The Spirit World – by faith!  Faith is the link; the doorway between the natural and the spiritual realms. Faith causes your prayer to go up to God, also the manifestation to come back to you!

Remember the Fig Tree?  “It withered from the roots!”  Faith attacks the unseen world. The roots of problems are not in outward manifestations, they are in the unseen spirit world! Speak faith-filled words, they attack the roots and kill it, though it takes time for a manifestation! Here is where patience works with faith. When we don’t yet see the manifestation, patience keeps us from changing our confession and giving up on the answer.

  1. JOB AND PATIENCE:

Job is a scriptural example of faith and patience working together.

a. Job, the greatest man in the east, lives a righteous life. He is blessed with the greatest wealth, and God has put a hedge of protection around him.  He not only lives in righteousness, but he also covers his children to be sure that they have no sin before God.

 

(Job 1:1 NIV)  “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

 

b.Satan approached God and argued that Job’s righteousness was due to the protection that God gave him, and that if the protection were gone, Job would no longer serve God. God gave him permission to destroy Job’s wealth, family, and eventually his health. Why would God do such a thing to a righteous man? Was he playing games with Job for entertainment?

(Job 1:9 NIV)  “”Does Job fear (Trust) God for nothing?” Satan replied.

1. No, God was proving the righteousness of Job to Satan.
2. God was not the source of the disaster, Satan was.
3. God was Glorifying Himself through Job.
4. God was using this opportunity to show Job his sin.
5. Job lived with perfect works but he trusted in his own righteousness before God.
6. Job had pride in his heart.

c. When disaster struck Job, he did not curse God, rather he acknowledged that there will be trouble in life, and that we must not fault God that we have trouble.

(Job 2:9‑10 NIV)  “His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” {10} He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

1. At first Job’s friends comforted him.

(Job 4:6 NIV)  “Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?”

2. Job claimed that he was without sin.

(Job 7:20 NIV)  “If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to You?”

3. Eventually Job’s friends accused him of hiding secret sin, that he must confess for God to restore him.

(Job 8:20 NIV)  “”Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

4. Continuing to mourn his destruction, and his life, Job still denied that he had sin in his life. But he does acknowledge that he needs help approaching God.

(Job 9:33‑34 NIV)  “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, {34} someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that His terror would frighten me no more.

5. Often when Christians are experiencing difficulties, those around them insist they need to repent of secret sins or accuse them of living in sin.

d. God addressed Job with the answer.

(Job 38:33 NIV)  “Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?”

(Job 40:1‑2 NIV)  “The LORD said to Job: {2} “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!”‘

(Job 33:16‑17 NIV)  “He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, {17} to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,

1. Pointing out His own Glory, God showed Job his weakness.

(Job 41:11 NIV)  “Who has a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to Me.

2. Job finally saw that he was not glorifying God for His own righteousness, but rather was crediting himself with righteousness due to his works.

(Job 40:4 NIV)  “”I am unworthy‑‑how can I reply to You? I put my hand over my mouth.

3. Job repented of pride and self righteousness.

(Job 39:37 NIV)  “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. {6} Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.“‘

4. Immediately God used him to free his friends of their sin. (When we have a Truly pure heart, God will quickly use us.)

(Job 42:8 NIV)  “So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.“”

e. Even righteousness that is perfect in works must have faith in God to be righteous before God.

(Job 31:23 NIV)  “For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of His Splendor I could not do such things.

1. Job’s confession (the words of his mouth) acknowledged that God is righteous in all His works, no matter what Job’s circumstances.

(Job 13:15 NIV)  “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to His face.

(Job 16:16‑21 NIV)  “My face is red with weeping, deep shadows ring my eyes; {17} yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure. {18} “O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! {19} even now my Witness is in Heaven; my Advocate is on high. {20} My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; {21} on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.

(Job 19:25‑27 NIV)  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. {26} and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; {27} I myself will see Him with my own eyes‑‑I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

(Job 42:7 NIV)  “After The LORD had said these things to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

f. Through the example of Job’s life, we see the grace of God. Job lived a perfect life in works, according to the law. But the righteousness God requires is the righteousness we receive through faith in God’s grace. Because Job did not look to God’s grace, he had pride due to self righteousness. Despite his failings, Job obtained grace. His confession was faithful to God, even when he was mistaken.

(Job 42:12‑17 NIV)  “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. {13} and he also had seven sons and three daughters. {14} the first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren‑Happuch. {15} nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. {16} after this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. {17} and so he died, old and full of years.”