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Faith and Patience

March 23, 2019

Luke 8:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
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James 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains.
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Thinking about patience again and how “bearing fruit” takes time(steadfast endurance). Patience is also a “fruit” of the Spirit!
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Galatians 5:22-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.

25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].
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This takes faith! Faith + Patience produces Abiding and Fruit!
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Hebrews 11:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
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John 15:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ, remain, abide
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

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From NetBible Ja 5:7

  • patient[3114] = to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart
    *to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles
    *to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish
    ** same as [3116]

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From NetBible Gal 5:22

  • patience[3115] = endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs
    ** same as [3116]

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From NetBible Jn 15:4

  • remain[3306] = abide, continue to be present, to last, endure, dwell

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The Sower, the Seed and Four Soils

March 20, 2019

Matthew 13:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
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Who is the Sower? What is the seed? Four Soils?

  • Isaiah 55:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways,
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.
    10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
    And do not return there, But water the earth,
    And make it bring forth and bud,
    That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
    It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please,
    And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  • The Sower – Jesus “sowing” – “drawing”
  • The Seed – God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God
  • The Soils – heart conditions, responses to God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God

=>How carefully are you considering, attending to Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God?

The Four Soils Explained

  • Matthew 13:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Parable of the Sower Explained
    18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
  • Soil by the wayside
    =>no understanding = takes no time to consider message for themselves
    =>Just follows the crowd – Broad is the way – well worn = no soil –Mt 7:13-14
  • Soil on stony places 
    => no root so stumbles/is offended
    Colossians 2:6-7 NLT … And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him{walk in Him}. 7 Let your roots grow down into Him{be firmly rooted} and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
  • Soil among the thorns
    =>choked and becomes unfruitful
    * Jesus “natural family” thought He was out of His mind –Mk 3:21
    =>They did not yet believe in Him as the Messiah
    and were actually hindering His work –Jn 7:4-6;Acts 1:14
    * This rejection by His own family was predicted –Ps 69:8;Mic 7:6;Mt 10:34-39
    =>made me wonder which “soil” his natural family was — maybe the one choked out by thorns – the Pharisees/worlds strong opposition?!
    Matthew 7:15-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 “Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
    Hebrews 5:11-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.
  • Soil on good ground
    =>hears, understands and heeds bears much fruit
    Luke 8:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
    Acts 17:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

=> Are you just following the crowd and relying on their understanding of Jesus’ message? How much time and effort do you take to personally consider His message?
=> How “firmly rooted” in God’s word are you? How much time and effort are you taking to be nourished and grow in His word?
=> Can you recognize and stand up to the “thorns” – false prophets/teachers? How “mature” are you?
=> How tightly are you holding to God’s word/ your faith under trials?  How steadfast is your patience/faith to bear fruit?


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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:3
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower[4687] went out to sow[4687].
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From NetBible Mk 4:14
The sower[4687] sows[4687] the word.

  • sower[4687] = sows, scatters seed
    *from greek [4685] = to draw

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From NetBible Mt 13:9

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From NetBible Mt 13:19

  • understand[4920] = consider, understand, be wise.
  • wayside[3598] = a travelled way, road

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From NetBible Pro 12:3
NLT … Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots

  • * “a root of righteousness” = stresses the security of the righteous; they are firmly planted and cannot be uprooted – they have deep roots”. The righteous are often compared to a tree –Pro 11:30;Ps 1:3, 92:13

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From NetBible Mt 13:21

  • stumbles[4624] = to fall away, entice to sin, apostasy, metaph. to offend
    And blessed is he who is not offended[4624because of Me. –Mt 11:6

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From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

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Faith Testing

July 20, 2017

Proverbs 17:3 NET … The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.

Faith testing
Allows your patient endurance to grow
Ja 1:3
Producing proven character and hope!Ro 5:3-4

Tested proven faith is of greater worth
… than gold refined in the fire! 1Pe 1:7

The purifier sits before the crucible(Mal 3:3), fixing his eye on the metal, and taking care that the fire be not too hot, and keeping the metal in, only until he knows the dross to be completely removed by his seeing his own image reflected (Ro 8:29) in the glowing mass. So the Lord in the case of His elect (Job 23:10; Ps 66:10; Pr 17:3; Isa 48:10; Heb 12:10; 1Pe 1:7)

Hebrews 10:35-37 NLT …  So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Prv 17:3

  • * When the Lord “tests” human hearts, the test, whatever form it takes, is designed to improve the value of the one being tested; removing impurities

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From NetBible Ja 1:3,  Heb 10:36Rom 5:3

  • NET … the testing of your faith produces endurance
  • NLT … when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow
  • BBE …  the testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope
  • NKJV … the testing of your faith produces patience
  • endurance[5281] =  steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, steadfast waiting for
    *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings

Persist – God Isn’t Finished Yet!

October 13, 2015

No matter what happens
No matter how impossible things look
Persist –
Lk 18:1, 11:8
Remember all things
ARE possible in Christ –
Mk 9:23;Mt 19:26;Mt 17:20;Phil 4:13

Do not be afraid! Only believe! –Mk 5:35-36
Keep confidently trusting in the Lord
Persist – God isn’t finished yet –
Phil 1:6
Wait on His timing
Everything(including you) is in His hands –
Ps 31:15
He is able! –Eph 3:20-21


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Lord, when things seem impossible, help me to wait on You and pray bold persistent prayers that won’t give up or let go. Praise You Lord Jesus, with You, all things are possible. Your timing is perfect and You are able! Amen.

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Hebrews 10:35-37 NLT …  So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

From NetBible Heb 10:36 and Rom 5:3

  • patient endurance – hupomone [5281] = steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, steadfast waiting for
  • *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings

Luke 18:1 AMP … Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart …

From NetBible Lk 18:1

  • always pray and do not lose heart (NET)
  • always pray and NEVER give up (NLT)
  • pray consistently and NEVER quit (MSG)
  • always pray and do not faint (KJV)

Luke 11:8 AMP … I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence and boldness he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

From NetBible Lk 11:8

  • *Persistence here refers to a combination of ideas, a boldness or audacity that persists over time. Some translate the term shamelessness or importunity. It’s a refusal to give up or let go.
    =>bold persistent prayer that won’t give up or let go!

Psalm 31:15 AMP … My times are in Your hands …

From NetBible Ps 31:15

  • You determine my destiny (NET)
  • My future is in your hands (NLT)
  • Hour by hour I place my days in your hand (MSG)

Hoping with Patient Endurance

April 21, 2014

Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

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Hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance.

Hebrews 10:37-39 AMP
37 For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.
38 But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.
39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.

Let Perseverance Finish!

December 31, 2013

James 1:4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

From NetBible Ja 1:4

  • perseverance[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, {cheerful, hopeful}endurance, patience

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Romans 12:12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

From NetBible Ro 12:12

  • patient[5278] = to endure, persevere, bear bravely and calmly

God Isn’t Finished Yet!

November 6, 2011

I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Phil 1:6

Be patient. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. God has the final say and He is faithful to finish what He starts!

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. -Heb 10:36-37 NLT

Word Study

From: Heb 10:36 and Rom 5:3
*patient endurance – hupomone [5281]
1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
1a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from
his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by
even the greatest trials and sufferings
1b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for
3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

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Persist, Delay is not Denial

November 1, 2011

Has the Lord given you a promise?
Don’t give up!
Wait patiently
Delay is not denial
Persist!

Delay is a time of preparing you for the promise.

Persist and see all He has promised unfold.

Hebrews 10:35-37 (NLT) So do not throw away this confident
trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

Be joyful, expectant in hope
Be glad for all God is planning for you
Persevere in trouble
Be patient
Persist in prayer.
-Rom 12:12

Hope Rises Midst the Darkness

November 9, 2009

I seem to have had a pretty ‘dark’ week. BUT  … the Lord encouraged me with an image to make, ‘Heb 10:35-37’ and the idea that it’s during this darkness that hope is born and rises. It’s during these dark times especially that He pours out His love refining our faith which is more precious than gold. 

So look beyond the darkness!

For it’s during the darkest part of the night that the morning star appears, before the glory on the wings of dawn. As surely as we see the morning star arise, we will see the dawn. The morning star is never far from the rising sun. 

For those who revere His Holy name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. — Mal 4:2

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” … To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. –Rev 2:16, 26-28 

To him who overcomes, an unspeakable brightness, joy and peace is given. 

Dominion in Jesus Christ our Lord, the bright Morning Star. 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Rom 15:13

Hope Rises Midst the Darkness

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Romans 8:23-25     And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with *perseverance{patience} we wait eagerly for it.

Hebrews 10:35-37    So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. *Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

From: Netbible Heb 10:36 & Netbible Rom 8:25
*patient endurance – hupomone [5281]
1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
1a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from
his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by
even the greatest trials and sufferings
1b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for
3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance
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Romans 5:1-5 AMP THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
2Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
3Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
5Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.

Persist

February 24, 2009

Luke 18:1 
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for
constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up!

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By God’s hand a wildflower can persist and come up in an infinitesimal crack in the concrete. We also by His hand, can come up from the depths of what seem like impossible circumstances and bloom through the concrete of the hardest times, if we persist in prayer and don’t give up!

Luke 11:8    I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

From Netbible:   Lk 11:8
Persistence here refers to a combination of ideas, a boldness or audacity that persists over time. Some translate the term shamelessness or importunity. It’s a refusal to give up or let go.

Hebrews 10:35-37 (NLT)   So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

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Persist! Never give up!

Do not be afraid any longer, only believe. –Mk 5:36

Do not throw away your confident trust in the Lord Jesus
For it brings great reward.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Heb 4:16

Patient endurance{Perseverance} is what is needed now.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. –Heb 10:23

Do not give up or let go of any of the Lords promises 
In just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay
Persist and receive all that He has promised.