Let Patience Work – 4/15/20 PM

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Let Patience Work

James 1:4

Intro: The word “patience” is found in the Bible nearly 50 times.

  • patience – 33 times
  • patient – 9 times
  • patiently – 6 times

Total: 48 times

DEFINITION: PATIENCE: hupomone hoop-om-on-ay’

steadfastness, constancy, endurance, sustaining, perseverance:

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

  • QUOTE: Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.

The book of James mentions PATIENCE seven times. Seven is the number of perfection.

I. The Product – patience comes from difficulties. It is the product of testing and trials.

  • James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  • Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

II. The Process – it takes awhile

  • James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  • James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
  • Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, (worketh) experience; and experience, hope:

Ever wondered why people are without hope?

They are also without patience, and without experience.

  • 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

III. The Promise

  • James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
  • James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

How long do we need to be patient? Until Jesus comes back!

NOTE: James 5:8 was written nearly 2,000 years ago.

James said the coming of the Lord draweth nigh!

How much closer is it now?

I’m not a genius, but I’m guessing the coming of the Lord is closer now than it was in James 5:8!

IV. The Pattern

  • James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

They didn’t have the Comforter.

They didn’t have the Scripture.

They didn’t have the book of Revelation to tell them how it all ends.

V. The Prize

  • James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

You can have pity on yourself, or you can let patience have her perfect work, and let God have pity on you.

Conclusion: Are you letting Patience have her perfect work in your life?