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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Daughter Of Faith

The following is from James Smith's, The Pastor's Morning Visit

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  James 5:8

Our God is a God of patience.

The Lord Jesus is the great Example of patience.

The Holy Spirit is the Agent producing patience.

Trials, troubles, and disappointments, are the means which exercise and strengthen patience.

The patience that God requires, is a disposition to bear all that He has appointed for us, without complaining; yes, with resignation and hope; to wait God's time for the mercies we need--or for answers to the prayers we put up.

Patience is the daughter of faith.  It is only as we believe that God has appointed, overrules, or commands all things for our good and His glory--that we can be patient.

Patience . . .

produces reliance on God,
shuts the mouth from complaining,
keeps back the heart from seeking revenge,
and is a principal point in self-control.

Are you impatient?

Then confess it, and mourn over it before God!  Impatience will make you miserable, and lead you to dishonor God.  Watch against it!

Look at the patience of the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs--of Jesus!  You, too, must be patient.  And take courage, "for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."
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