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Re: Be Patient As You Wait For Your Promise. Devotion from (Charlene Cares)

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  • sondrac6
    ... of this to me in my devotions...and finally I am beginning to understand fully what he wants and expects from me. I am praying that he will forgive me for
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 17, 2009
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      --- In standinginfaith@yahoogroups.com, "Christina"
      <fmsmomathome@...> wrote:
      > Be Patient As You Wait For Your Promise -
      > "We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very
      > end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to
      > become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and
      > patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his
      > promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to
      > swear by, he swore by himself, saying, "I will surely bless you
      > and give you many descendants." And so after waiting
      > patiently, Abraham received what was promised." Hebrews 6:11-15
      > Abraham received what was promised by God. How well do you wait
      > for things in your life? How well do you wait in line? How well
      > do you wait on the telephone when they say, "Hold on, please?"
      > How well do you wait in a traffic jam? How well are you waiting
      > for your marriage to be restored? I believe that God is showing
      > us His great patience so that men, women and children will come
      > to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God wants your marriage
      > restored, but His priority is to have your spouse saved.
      > "The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
      > understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone
      > to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
      > God's patience is long-suffering, but we cannot take it for
      > granted. God's patience is an expression of His love. The New
      > Testament teaches us that God will search for us, but He allows
      > each of us to make decisions, and He waits for us to come to our
      > senses. Patience is often developed through hardships and
      > through waiting.
      > "So that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God
      > for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and
      > tribulations that you endure." 2 Thessalonians 1:4
      > "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,
      > serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
      > faithful in prayer." Romans 12:11-12
      > What is the meaning of "patience?" In the Vine's Complete
      > Expository Dictionary, it is a noun, described, "Patience grows
      > only in trials, under chastisement, under undeserved affliction,
      > in fruit bearing, in running the appointed race. Patience
      > perfects Christian character. Believers who become patient are
      > strengthened with all power through His Spirit in the inward
      > man." In the Nelson's Three-In-One Bible Reference Companion the
      > meaning of "patience" is: "the ability to bear trials without
      > grumbling."
      > In the New World Dictionary, patient is defined as, "Bearing or
      > enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-
      > control; refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult,
      > forbearing; tolerant; calmly tolerating delay confusion; able to
      > wait calmly for something desired; steady, diligent; persevering."
      > What powerful strong words.
      > As you do your devotions, look up different words in an
      > expository or standard dictionary. The dictionary magnifies and
      > explains the word so that you can understand scriptures better.
      > Christians need to display patience throughout our daily walk.
      > Do we? I think that we live in a society where everything is
      > instant. From instant breakfast, to going to a drive-thru for
      > lunch, to buying dinner on the way home from work, we expect
      > instant service. Think of how many things we can do so quickly
      > in our society, including mailing a package overnight. If you
      > are reading this devotional on your computer, you know that we
      > are in the computer age where we can email someone in England or
      > Singapore as quickly as I can email Bob in his office!
      > Your marriage has fallen apart. Your spouse wants a divorce or
      > has found someone else. You have cried out to the Lord and He
      > says He will restore and rebuild your marriage, giving you
      > promises, but be patient.
      > "What? Me wait?" you say. Yes, be patient. My teaching Monday
      > evening at Bible study was, "Will You Wait?" You want your
      > marriage restored, until we tell you that you have to wait on
      > God's timing. In the movie, "Fireproof" there was a song that
      > was sung by John Waller called, "While I'm Waiting." He wrote
      > this song while he was waiting on God for a specific prayer
      > request. Let me remind you that while you are waiting for your
      > marriage to be restored there are many other people who are
      > waiting for very other important things in their lives, such as,
      > a job, a better place to live, a baby, a physical healing, or for
      > a teenager not to live in rebellion. We all must wait on God's
      > timing at sometime in our lives!
      > "In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I
      > lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3
      > Do not grumble or complain like the Israelites did to Moses and
      > to God. Remember in the Old Testament, God got very angry at the
      > people's ungratefulness and hardness of heart. You need to
      > remember the meaning of having patience to receive your promise
      > for you, your marriage, and your family. It is worth waiting for
      > God's timing.
      > "I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O LORD my God."
      > Psalm 38:15
      > You need to learn to trust the Lord, grow spiritually and let
      > Him lead you through your life, step by step. You will be
      > rewarded and you can endure the waiting with joy. You will
      > develop patience by having a good heart, going through
      > tribulations, by the testing of your faith, and by not losing
      > hope in the Lord. Wait patiently for His timing.
      > "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not
      > fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their
      > wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not
      > fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but
      > those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land." Psalm 37:7-9
      > "I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my
      > cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and
      > mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to
      > stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our
      > God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
      > Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust..." Psalm 40:1-4
      > As we read throughout the Bible, we can see how people had to
      > wait patiently for their miracles, their visions, and their
      > promises. Waiting patiently is developing your Christian
      > character and you are being an example to others while you wait.
      > May you and I wait, always praising the Lord and not grumbling,
      > trusting and persevering, never giving up or quitting. Your
      > beloved spouse and children will be blessed with a restored
      > marriage for a lifetime if you will just be patient, waiting for
      > God to break the chains of bondage and opening their spiritual
      > eyes and ears, suddenly. We will reap what we sow, so be patient
      > waiting for your promise of marriage restoration!
      > "Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how
      > the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and
      > how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be
      > patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
      > Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be
      > judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers, as an
      > example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets
      > who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider
      > blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's
      > perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.
      > The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." James 5:7-11

      >Wow! What an encouragement. I know the Lord has been speaking all
      of this to me in my devotions...and finally I am beginning to
      understand fully what he wants and expects from me. I am praying
      that he will forgive me for my grumbling, complaining, controlling,
      manipulation, lack of self control and overall poor behavior. This
      is an encouragement to me also as I am aware that even as I have
      wanted to do the right thing it has taken time for what the Lord has
      been speaking to me to get down into my heart and change me. I know
      this is very much the same for my husband. I pray for him today that
      even as I grow in the Lord so too will he. I thank God for his
      promise that he WILL leave his father and mother (and all the trauma
      of his childhood) and become one flesh with his wife. I thank God
      that he has given me my marching orders. That I am to stand firm and
      wait for the deliverance of God. Praise his might name!!! He is
      mighty to save!
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